CLEVELAND — Some of U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci's recent attacks against Secretary of State Jon Husted in the four-way Republican contest for Ohio governor were coordinated through a private entity called Citizens for Trump.
Cleveland.com reports the Renacci campaign registered the domain name dishonestjonny.com on Sept. 5 and transferred it to Citizens for Trump. A spokesman says Renacci's campaign discussed some of the attack website's content with the group. He says such coordination is legal under Ohio election law as long as it appears on campaign finance filings.
Citizens for Trump endorsed Renacci earlier this year. It bills itself as a grassroots organization but is part of Patriotic Strategies, a Texas-based limited liability corporation.
The website had gone dark as of Thursday. The company couldn't immediately be reached.
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