Ohio Governor John Kasich will donate to charity more than 22 thousand dollars in campaign contributions he received from a businessman accused of skirting campaign finance laws while funneling thousands of dollars to two congressional campaigns.
Kasich's move follows a call from Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald to give the money to charity. The contributions came from 72-year-old direct-marketing magnate Benjamin Suarez, who was indicted this week on charges including violating campaign finance laws and obstructing justice. Republican State Treasurer Josh Mandel and Republican Congressman Jim Renacci received over 200 thousand dollars from Suarez during their 2012 Congressional campaigns. They returned that money over a year ago.