Mandel, Renacci Accepted Thousands from NRA in 2012 Campaign Contributions

Open Secrets published a list of recipients of National Rifle Association campaign contributions that also includes Steven LaTourette, John Boehner.

Ohio Republicans Josh Mandel and Jim Renacci accepted thousands in 2012 campaign contributions from the National Rifle Association, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. 

The NRA doled out more than $750,000 in campaign contributions in 2012, according to the Center, a research organization that tracks money in politics and how it affects elections and policies and shares the information on OpenSecrets.org. The center got its data from the Federal Election Commission. 

In the top five for 2012 were Ohio Treasurer Mandel, who accepted $9,450, and U.S. Rep. Renacci, who accepted $9,900, according to the report. Mandel made an unsuccessfu bid to challenge incumbent Sherrod Brown for U.S. Senate this year. 

Fifteen Ohio lawmakers accepted $1,000 or more from the NRA, according to the report. That list included House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, ($2,500) and former U.S. Rep. Steve LaTourette, R-Ohio, ($3,000).

Click here to see more details and and for a searchable database. 

David December 22, 2012 at 11:59 AM
So what. The NRA endorsed Strickland the first time he ran. So what.
David December 22, 2012 at 12:03 PM
And upon further reading I see some democrats took contributions, but their names were conveniently left out of the main body of the story. Just another example of the hypocritical and biased left leaning mainstream media.
MZ December 22, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Team Obama accepted millions from overseas contributions. This was big news for about five minutes but then disappeared from the news completely. There were investigations of people making donations from other countries, listing incomplete addresses and zip codes, making donations from foreign ip addresses, then getting e-mails asking for more money. Obama.com was owned and operated from China. But hey, the NRA made some donations and they are evil because a madman used guns to kill kids.
David December 22, 2012 at 12:53 PM
The hypocrisy of the main stream media has brought about the truth that unbiased journalism no longer exists in this country. Any news report we read today must be taken with an attitude of "what is the reporter's desired result in this report". The straight facts I news is rarely ever experienced these days. True journalism, as we used to know it, is dead.
Thomas Patton December 22, 2012 at 12:58 PM
The Patch, I believe, is an AOL product. Therefore, under the direction of left-leaning Huffington Post personnel. It is the readers that need to gather all sides of issues to gain perspective. Patch offers immediate local news and has a liberal bias. As long as you understand where information emanates - take the information and develop your own reasoned positions. Tom Patton
David December 22, 2012 at 01:08 PM
I saw the connection to Huffington some time ago and it told me to take what I read with a grain of salt. I look to this site for local information and rarely look to it for state or local information, much like how newspapers are no longer relevant for me. The NRA story caught my eye as I wanted to see if it was unbiased reporting which it clearly, and not surprisingly, wasn't.
Ken Prince December 22, 2012 at 01:32 PM
The NRA ONLY donated $750,000 to political campaigns this year? Can anyone compare that to the Billion dollar campaign that the President ran with how many tens of thousands of contributions from the far left and overseas contributors? I always question articles like this when dollar figures are mentioned. It makes it sound like big money, but when you compare it side by side to real numbers it looks silly. Let’s see, $750,000 across the entire country compared to $1,000,000,000 (did I get enough zeros in there?) for one campaign. That is $750k donated across the entire political campaign to both democrats and republicans (the NRA doesn't discriminate by political party, just their voting record on specific issues), by "the nation’s largest special interest lobby". These two candidates took a couple thousand? It sounds to me like the NRA isn’t doing enough for their cause! How about if we compare that to the entire campaign budget of each candidate? Where is the blistering investigative journalism that digs deep for the FACTS? Please remember people, just because some “journalist” has access to publish their opinion, doesn’t make it fact or even noteworthy. Look at the “facts” they present and how they are presented. I am a firm believer in the first amendment, and all of the others, but this article is trash.
David December 22, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Ken, bingo. Journalism has become nothing more than opinion or a way to try to make people think a certain way. As I said, "just the facts" no longer exists in what used to be true journalism.
Victor Mooney December 22, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Healty response to the above--I too would like to see some lists of the donations made to other candidates by oposing groups, I. E, Unions, etc---thanks to all of you for reinforcing my belief in hosest debate in America.
Buck98 December 22, 2012 at 02:47 PM
So what.... try a little harder for a story Susan. You are getting lazy.
Victor Mooney December 22, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Susan: Me thinks your reputation as a journalist is taking on water--- Victor
Bill Smither December 22, 2012 at 03:14 PM
This "Patch" is like reading the Huffington Post. Pretty soon the articles will be reviewed by Media Matters. Geez Lori, you are setting the bar pretty low these days.
Kathleen O'Brien Wilhelm December 22, 2012 at 03:26 PM
The National Rifle Association (NRA) continues to follow the 2nd Amendment and our US Constitution to make it clear to Americans gun safety and the protection of citizens is the utmost of importance to our country. Good guys need guns to protect all from the bad guys. God bless America.
David December 22, 2012 at 03:28 PM
I will never turn over my guns no matter what this administration tries to pull.
Ken Prince December 22, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Amen to that!
rgnocp38 December 23, 2012 at 01:22 PM
I agree ! So what? Sherrod Brown collects money from some very questionable sources. The NRA protects lawful gun owners like myself.
rgnocp38 December 23, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Me neither!
Ken Prince December 24, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Wow, it's been a couple of days now and not a single comment supporting the article. God Bless America and Avon Lake! Merry Christmas to all!!
David December 24, 2012 at 09:28 PM
I guess none of us who commented are "journalists".
Jim Strang December 26, 2012 at 02:07 AM
Precisely what makes this a "micro-news" story, which is what Patch ostensibly is all about? Sorry, as all the above had indicated, it's just more of the same campaign, to somehow make the NRA an ominous, spectral figure bent on evil - that is, in the Patch ownership's eyes, supporting Republicans. Campaign contributions? How much did the various unions and other special-pleader groups contribute to Sherrod Brown and other Democratic candidates? Or doesn't balanced reporting somehow matter? As some of you are aware, I AM a retired "mainstream" media journalist -- and this is not journalism. It is targeted innuendo. But as also previously pointed out, it's a Huffington operation, which at every opportunity leans as hard to the statist, big-government left as Fox leans to the big-government right. Patch at the micro-local level does a fair job of covering news too small to interest the dailies. But it destroys its cred when it forces such slanted, one-sided pieces as this into that micro-news feed. Picking one lobbying group to spotlight is a cheap, easy shot. I hoped for more.
Ken Prince December 26, 2012 at 04:39 AM
Well put.
Hugh Hendry December 26, 2012 at 02:18 PM
It appears GOP/conservatives just cannot accept the reality of being on the wrong side of every issue the majority of Americans voted for and got THEIR (the right candidates) elected. There is no spin the conservatives can come up with that will justify either the NRA's position of backing the manufacture and selling of assault rifles and the killing of 20 innocent kids! Good luck with all the pitiful cover up attempts.
David December 26, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Hugh - in your opinion, just as I could state that my opinion is that it will be interesting to see what the liberals in this country have to say when our economy collapses, which will happen with Obama's socialist agenda, and they have only themselves to blame for voting for four more years of mooching. You conveniently overlook the fact that there have been other mass killings that don't involve guns - Oklahoma City, for example, and yet the supplies needed for that are still readily available. It has NOTHING to do with the availability of guns - it has to do with moral decay of society....that is undeniable. (In my opinion). If someone wants to kill a lot of people one will find a way. It is what makes those types want to kill that is the issue, not the way in which it is carried out.
Hugh Hendry December 26, 2012 at 03:26 PM
David - it appears to me that the moral/economic decay you noted in your reply began with the Bush/Cheney stolen election regime followed by the illegal Iraq War. Let's see, didn't Cheney 'accidently' shoot a close friend/fellow bird shooter then try to cover it up? Oh yeah, honesty and character ruled when those two nearly destroyed this country. Then left the mess for the Black guy to clean up. Good luck with all that history. Call the Spin Doctor, whew the GOP needs help, and lots of it!
David December 26, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Ah, I see - you're one of those who won't accept the fact that not only did Gore want only liberal precincts recounted, but every recount conducted afterward showed that Bush actually did win the election in Florida and the nation...but go ahead and live in your special little world of stolen elections. Illegal war - you mean the one the house and senate voted for? That illegal war? Shall I assume you're also one that doesn't believe the WMD existed (even though I personally know two people who were there and both stated they did exist and one even moved some?)? As to the Cheney thing - from what I remember there was no "cover up". He freely admitted what took place - again, don't know what world you are in on that one. You have no idea what destruction is if you're supporting "the black guy". Why bring race in to it? Again, you're little world is special to you. I can see you buy in to the lefty liberal medial spin and I see no reason to carry on any more conversation with you on this topic since you're coming from a fantasy world so don't bother responding as I won't read any further.
Hugh Hendry December 26, 2012 at 03:51 PM
David - your response is typical GOP - when it gets too truthful you run, hide and close off any further discourse. I assume out of curiosity you will check to see if I responded. BTW Romey/Rove raised the "race" issue the very night of the election, again too bad conservatives embrace the convenient truth while rejecting all that is unpleasant.
Victor Mooney December 26, 2012 at 06:42 PM
It appears Liberal/Left just cannot accept the reality of being on the wrong side of every issue the majority of Americans voted for and got THEIR (the RIGHT candidates) elected. There is no spin the LEFT can come up with that will not justify the NRA's position of backing the manufacture and selling of assault rifles and they cannot speak without trying to shift the blame from their own failed policies , and the attempt to push their own agenda on the backs of the killing of 20 innocent kids! Good luck with all the pitiful cover up attempts.
Ken Prince December 27, 2012 at 02:55 PM
A side bar to this whole "Big Evil NRA" story is their call for armed security in every school. Naturally the lefts fear of firearms, even in the hands of trained professionals, has and will continue to raise all kinds of protest to this idea. However, I think people in general should also be aware that the school President Obama sends his girls to has 11 armed security guards on staff. Ok, even my knee jerk reaction was, "of course they do, they have the protection of the Secret Service ", but it turns out that this has been their normal security staff even before the Obama girls became students there. In fact they are actively advertising for another guard position, bringing their total amount of security guards carrying those big bad evil guns to 12. How can anyone argue with the position that "the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun" ? Apparently the president agrees. My only question is, in today's climate of school budget cuts and crunches, How do we pay for it? I have my ideas, but I'd be interested to see what other people have to say.
Victor Mooney December 27, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Question: If the Pilots had been armed on the 911 airliners, , do you think those highjackers would have been able to take control? Question: If a teacher or principal had pulled a concealed gun and started firing on the killer at Sandy Hook, do you think 30 odd people would have died? There would be no cost---there would be no trouble finding a Teacher, Administrator, Etc--who would gladly assume the responsibillity of protecting himself and others--- I would bet some already have CCW permits---Victor P. S. the above two questions are taken from the Columbus Dispatch [December 27th.


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