BREAKING: Josh Mandel Accepted Nearly $60,000 From Murray Energy Company That Coerced Employees Into Making Political Donations

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A shocking investigation by The New Republic has uncovered significant evidence suggesting that Murray Energy Corporation CEO Robert Murray – who previously forced his employees to forego a day’s pay to act as political props for a rally with Josh Mandel and Mitt Romney – coerced, cajoled and pressured many of his employees into making significant donations to state and national Republicans including Josh Mandel.

“Since he was first elected to office, Senator Sherrod Brown has been a great friend to Ohio firefighters,” said Michael Taylor, Vice President of OAPFF District 3. “From fighting back against the ruthless attacks on collective bargaining rights to supporting the FIRE Act and SAFER programs, which help to keep our families and communities safe, Sherrod has always stood with firefighters and emergency personnel. The men and women of OAPFF District 3 are proud to work to re-elect Sherrod this November.”

“There is no greater friend to Ohio’s African American community and the middle class than Senator Sherrod Brown,” said Rep. Sandra Williams, President of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus. “From leading the charge to rescue Ohio’s auto industry, expanding access to affordable health care and battling against efforts to limit voting rights, Sherrod has always fought for issues that matter to our community. For being a tireless advocate for Ohio’s African Americans, the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus is proud to support Senator Sherrod Brown for reelection.”

The Friends of Sherrod Brown campaign today released a new ad, “Beginners,” which highlights how Josh Mandel promised to hire “qualified financial professionals” in the Treasurer’s office during his 2010 campaign, but turned around and hired unqualified political cronies and friends upon his swearing in.

As Josh Mandel reels from a blockbuster report revealing that he appears to have shortchanged the Treasury while running for treasurer, Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS has come to the rescue with yet another false, misleading ad about Sherrod in an effort to distract from a report that Mandel paid no taxes on his 2010 campaign employees.

“After a year and a half of ignoring his job as Treasurer to run for Senate, Josh Mandel’s supposed new-found interest in talking about the issues is nothing more than another political game from a politician who can’t be trusted to fight for Ohio jobs, show up for work, hire qualified staff, or go a single day without distorting the facts, purposely misleading Ohioans, or knowingly and proudly parroting previously debunked lies.