FACT CHECK: Josh Mandel Has Traveled The Country While Blowing Off Work To Raise Money For His Senate Campaign.

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FACT CHECK: Josh Mandel Has Traveled The Country While Blowing Off Work To Raise Money For His Senate Campaign.

JOSH CLAIMS: Sherrod Brown is busy traveling the country and not doing his job.

THE TRUTH: Everyone knows Josh Mandel has repeatedly blown off work in order to travel across the country raising money for his senate campaign.

1. Josh Mandel has held dozens of fundraisers outside of Ohio, many of them held during the work day when he should be performing his official duties as state treasurer. [Mandel Invitations and Media Reports]

2. Josh Mandel blew off every single meeting of the billion-dollar investment board he chairs during his first year in office, skipping the meeting on one occasion for high-dollar fundraiser at a Washington D.C. steakhouse. [State Board of Deposit official minutes, 2/23/12; State Board of Deposit official minutes, 1/26/12; State Board of Deposit official minutes, 12/22/11; State Board of Deposit official minutes, 11/29/11; State Board of Deposit official minutes, 10/27/11;  State Board of Deposit official minutes, 9/29/11;  State Board of Deposit official minutes, 8/25/11; State Board of Deposit official minutes, 7/28/11; State Board of Deposit official minutes, 6/23/11; State Board of Deposit official minutes, 5/26/11; State Board of Deposit official minutes, 4/27/11; State Board of Deposit official minutes, 3/24/11; State Board of Deposit official minutes, 2/24/11; State Board of Deposit official minutes, 1/27/11]

3. Josh Mandel even travelled to the Bahamas during the work week to raise money from the pay-day lending industry. [Cleveland Plain Dealer, 03/13/12]

Politico Obtained An Invitation For A Fundraiser In D.C. On Behalf Of Mandel Set For Two Hours Before A Scheduled Board Of Deposit Meeting in Columbus. In January 2012, Politico reported “Josh Mandel — the Ohio Senate candidate who has been fully embraced by the Washington GOP establishment but besieged by a downpour of critical headlines — is facing more scrutiny about how he’s juggling politics with his day job.  The Associated Press out of Columbia dropped a story … that the first-term state treasurer ‘hasn’t attended a single monthly meeting’ of a powerful board that decides which banks will hold billions in state deposits.”  Politico continued:  “What makes the punch even cleaner?  POLITICO has obtained an invitation for a D.C. fundraiser on behalf of Mandel set for Thursday morning — just two hours before the next scheduled board of deposit meeting in Columbus.”  [Politico.com, 1/25/12]

Mandel Held “Yet Another Fundraiser In San Francisco.” In June 2011, The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported, “Mandel had yet another fund-raiser scheduled yesterday, in San Francisco.” [Plain Dealer, 6/21/11]

Friday, March 9th:  Josh Mandel Flew To The Bahamas For A Fundraiser With Payday Lenders.  In March 2012, The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported “Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, already criticized by Democrats for missing official state meetings, flew to the Bahamas last Friday to give a speech to the payday lending industry, The Plain Dealer has confirmed. Mandel held a fund-raiser for his U.S. Senate election campaign while at the Bahamas resort, a spokesman acknowledged when the newspaper asked.”  [Cleveland Plain Dealer, 03/13/12]

Josh Mandel Flew To Hawaii To Meet With Former Governor Linda Lingle And Potential Supporters. In June 2011, The Hawaii Reporter wrote “June is busting out all over – especially politically – and last night Ruth Chris Steakhouse at Restaurant Row seemed to be ground zero.”  The Reporter continued, “Gov. Linda Lingle, who may be a GOP candidate for U.S. Senate in 2012, was there with a small group of supporters including House Minority Leader Gene Ward and Senate Minority Leader Sam Slom.  They gathered at Lingle’s invitation to meet 33- year-old Ohio State Treasure and U.S. Senate GOP candidate Josh Mandel.  Mandel, a former U.S. Marine who completed two tours in the Middle East and served on the city council in Cleveland and in the state legislature for two terms, has been described as a ‘young powerhouse’ on the rise by the Washington Post. His [sic] would likely take on Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, one of the most liberal members of the U.S. Senate.”  [Hawaiireporter.com, 6/3/11]

Josh Mandel Has Held At Least 26 Events In Washington D.C. And 5 Events In New York City Since Becoming Ohio State Treasurer. [Mandel Invitations and Media Reports]

Josh Mandel Did Not Attend The First 14 Meetings Of The State Board Of Deposit After He Became Treasurer.  [State Board of Deposit official minutes, 2/23/12; State Board of Deposit official minutes, 1/26/12;  State Board of Deposit official minutes, 12/22/11; State Board of Deposit official minutes, 11/29/11; State Board of Deposit official minutes, 10/27/11;  State Board of Deposit official minutes, 9/29/11;  State Board of Deposit official minutes, 8/25/11; State Board of Deposit official minutes, 7/28/11; State Board of Deposit official minutes, 6/23/11; State Board of Deposit official minutes, 5/26/11; State Board of Deposit official minutes, 4/27/11; State Board of Deposit official minutes, 3/24/11; State Board of Deposit official minutes, 2/24/11; State Board of Deposit official minutes, 1/27/11]