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Ethics Panel Finds Renacci Used Taypayer Resources For Campaigns

Former Ohio Congressman Jim Renacci
Mark Duncan
Associated Press
An ethics investigation says former Ohio Congressman Jim Renacci used taxpayer funds for his failed bids for governor and the U.S. Senate

Independent ethics investigators say former Congressman Jim Renacci misused official resources for his campaigns for governor in 2017 and U.S. Senator last year.

A video from “Fox and Friends” on January 12, 2018, is among the Renacci tweets that got Ohio Democratic Party chair David Pepper to ask the non-partisan Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate.

The office now says there’s substantial reason to believe that Renacci inappropriately used taxpayer funded resources to take videos and photos inside government buildings to promote his campaigns for governor and U.S. Senator on social media. The report says Renacci continued to do this even after he and his staff were questioned about it.

Because Renacci is no longer in office, it’s unlikely he’ll be sanctioned. Renacci responded with a statement saying he cooperated fully, though he noted the office isn’t the House Committee on Ethics and that the report doesn’t confirm any misuse.

Renacci says he considers the initial claim frivolous.