Failed Ohio candidate acted improperly, ethics office says


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A congressional agency says staffers to then-U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci inappropriately used government resources to benefit his 2018 U.S. Senate bid.

The Office of Congressional Ethics released the findings Wednesday. Renacci won’t be sanctioned because he’s no longer in office.

Investigative documents said Renacci’s congressional communications staff regularly took photos and videos of him performing official functions at the Capitol then shared them with the campaign for publicity. Staffers also performed campaign work in Renacci’s congressional office.

Renacci, a Wadsworth Republican, said his congressional and campaign staffs controlled his social media accounts and that he didn’t review all posts. He said he was unaware campaign work is prohibited in congressional offices and that House buildings can’t be used in campaign commercials.

Renacci lost to Democrat Sherrod Brown.

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