128 days. That is how late Josh Mandel is in filing his personal financial disclosure forms with the United State Senate. Senate rules require every candidate who declares to run for a Senate seat must file their disclosure forms within 30 days of doing so. Back in April Mandel declared his candidacy for Sherrod Brown’s Senate seat and he we are almost five months later and he has still yet to file them.

While this probably isn’t news to people who frequent this blog it seems to be brand spanking new to newspapers around the state. Just this weekend the Akron Beacon Journal ran a scathing editorial taking young Josh Mandel to task for failing to be in compliance with even the most minimal of requirements to run for Senate. This criticism of Mandel must have struck a nerve with the campaign because out of the blue comes the first explanation from the campaign on what is taking so long. The answer: my wife’s finances are too complicated.

Questions about the financial assets of Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel’s wife are why he is 128 days late filing a federal disclosure form required of U.S. Senate candidates.

Ilana Shafran Mandel, his wife, is related to the Ratner family, which has major financial interests in Forest City Enterprises, a leading national development firm based in Cleveland.

Yes, the reason Mandel hasn’t filed yet with the Senate is because his wife’s finances are just so complicated that the brain trust at the Mandel campaign just can’t figure them out.

This would almost be a plausibly excuse if not for the fact that every other person in the United States Senate has to fill these forms out for themselves and their spouses. Granted, Mandel’s wife is related to a very well do to family in Cleveland but seeing how John Kerry married a ketchup heiress and he doesn’t seem to have a problem filing these things out Mandel shouldn’t be having this much trouble.

Which begs the question, if it isn’t that the form is too complicated to file in a reasonable time, what exactly is the problem here? Could it be that Mandel is somehow embarrased by the deep connections his wife’s family has had to Democratic candidates in the past. According to the Plain Dealer these connections are well known and usually come in the form of writing checks.

The Ratner family meantime continues its political benevolence. Records of federal campaign contributions to politicians by executives and employees of Forest City — a list dominated by Ratners — show that since 2005, Republican U.S. Rep Steve LaTourette has been the single biggest recipient, at $113,125. But close behind were contributions to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, at $109,650. That doesn’t include contributions from spouses who do not work for Forest City.

Or is there something more problematic here? Since Mandel married Mrs. Ilana Shafran Mandel not once has he disclosed any source of income related to either her or Forest City, the company her family is part owner of. If he was to file a disclosure form with the Senate that included new sources of income coming from either her, Forest City, or some other entity related to Forest City, he would probably have some explaining to do.

The bigger problem is this: Josh Mandel is 128 days late in filing his financial disclosure form with the United States Senate. He is clearly in violation of the law. In fact, he admits so in the Dispatch article where he states he is going to pay the $200 penalty for being late.  Already he has shown his willingness to bend ethical norms during his campaign and shown questionable decision making. Here he is breaking the law and seems to have no problem doing so. At what point do we have to start wondering what rule Josh Mandel isn’t willing to break to get what he wants?

  • Rules….apparently are there for everyone else!!  If he is this much of a jack ass now, I don’t even want to think how he will be if elected!

  • Anonymous

    C’mon, he is special. He doesn’t have to follow the rules like us peons.

  • You would think Ilana Shafran Mandel would be ashamed or she is deeply involved in financial side of his smart aleck campaign?

  • Anonymous

    If this were a Democrat…do I need to say anything more?

  • There are no rules for R’s. A famous R said that. 

    Where’s the Cleveland Plainly Republican when you need them………….?


    Vote NO on Issue 2. 

  • Anonymous

    Wow! A big $200.00 fine!  That’s chump change to him.  Money fixes everything for Josh!  Maybe he should hire the accountants who prepared the Ohio budget with the phantom shortage to cook the books for him – they seem to know how to make a profitable balance sheet look like the Greek National Debt.

  • Natasha

    Don’t be so hard on our USMC combat veteran.  He’s simply reverting to the Republican Way for it’s “young-uns” when they get caught being the douche-bags that they are.  At  least he didn’t claim TB or PTSD.  Blaming your wife for your failure and bad conduct is cool with the GOP

    For Example:

    State Senator Kris Jordan Got his gun (a whopping 40 millimeter by his account), got drunk and beat his wife’s ass (She too is a Republican Delaware County Recorder) then he blamed her for being a girl and having PMS or some other bitchiness.

    State Representative Andrew Brenner (R- Powell, Ohio)  is an officer in the company that employs him (and his wife a Republican who is a Powell, Ohio city council member) and that company stiffed its employees and failed to pay its payroll withholding taxes for five straight quarters for about $60,000 in unpaid withholding taxes the Brenners withheld from their employees and spent on themselves and their expensive political campaigns.   When caught and questioned by the media  Brenner blamed – his wife.

    These Delaware Republican young-uns are taking their cues from the grand-dame of Delaware GOP politics, County Clerk of Courts, Jan Antonoplos.  She got a $304,000 IRS 1040 tax lien in late 2008 (It’s still in force) and her story is that those are her husband’s (a prominent GOP lobbyist) taxes.  Even though she is clearly listed with her hubby on the lien as the taxpayer – it’s all the spouse’s fault in GOP-land

    It’s he GOP way – don’t pay for it but have it anyway, and blame anyone else for illegal and recklessly irresponsible financial conduct.   It’s the Republican Way.

  • I think I might just steal that for a post!

  • Thanks awesome rant, Natasha. 

  • The Ohio treasurer can’t file on time. Doesn’t inspire confidence. Looks like he is another rotten R’s who really can’t do math. 

  • Anonymous

    Lying and smearing and constantly yammering, not that he is qualified for the job, but that he is a VETERAN VETERAN VETERAN.

  • “Dirty” Natasha

    Go ahead, make my day (ha ha) – anything for the cause.

    The Brenners actually have two IRS liens filed by the IRS for the unpaid payroll withholding taxes (“941” taxes) on their tax-deadbeat business, Prestige Music Studios.  We are all wondering if they screwed Ohio, Powell (Where Mrs Brenner is a council member and on the Powell Finance Committee) along with their employees.

    The part that makes a lot of stomachs turn and barf is that the Brenners claim to be “educators” in their tax deadbeat business activities.

    The tax liens are on file and available over the web at the Delaware County Recorder’s website.  They also have lots of liens and judgments on Antonoplos.  Manatee County Florida has lots of interesting stuff on the Antonoplos tax, liens and foreclosures and some stuff is on the Franklin County Municipal Court Clerk and Common Pleas Court Clerk for Antonoplos.  Gotta love them public filings.

  • Xx

    He is hiding something.

  • I teach some of the “special” kids….I think they have more brains and defiantly more heart.

  • I teach some of the “special” kids….I think they have more brains and defiantly more heart.

  • My  opinion for what is worth is if you haven’t filed after even 30 days you no longer can no longer legally run for office!

  • Born2bcassidy

    Transparency…ps USMC OCS dropout

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