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U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) applauded the Ohio Department of Education’s decision to limit its use of grant money for charter schools, saying it is a sign that strong oversight of failed for-profit charter operators is beginning to work. Still the Senator is outraged that Ohio students are missing out on this investment because of bad actors.
“There’s no question that limiting this grant is the responsible thing to do to protect taxpayers from having even more of their hard-earned money squandered away,” said Brown. “But it’s shameful that Ohio students have to miss out on the full investment because of fraudulent data and shady charter operators that cannot be trusted. When it comes down to it, fraudulent for-profit operators stole from Ohio taxpayers and they stole from our students.”
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"WASHINGTON — Even though few have political opponents at this point, Ohio’s U.S. House members have started the 2018 campaign season with a whopping $16 million in the bank, according to a Dispatch analysis of campaign-finance reports.
Of the state’s 16 House incumbents, Rep. Pat Tiberi remains the fundraising leader with $6.3 million to spend. Tiberi, a Genoa Township Republican who is considered a potential 2018 opponent to Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown, raised $1.37 million in the first quarter.
A Tiberi spokeswoman said he still is considering a run, although some Republicans privately say they have heard little about a primary bid and fellow Republican Josh Mandel already has declared his plan to challenge Brown."
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"U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio) leads his potential Republican opponent, Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, in fund-raising, according to information from the two campaigns.
The Friends of Sherrod Brown said it raised $2.4 million during the first quarter of 2017 — the best off-year quarter he has ever had, the campaign added. He finished March with $5 million cash on hand.
Mr. Mandel, who unsuccessfully challenged Senator Brown six years ago, raised about $1.5 million during 2017’s first quarter, leaving him with $2.4 million cash on hand. According to the Mandel campaign, his fund-raising included money raised by JoshPAC, a leadership campaign committee that donates money to other candidate committees.
The fund-raising reports were due to be filed last Saturday, but may not be posted by the Federal Elections Commission for several days."
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"Justin has years of experience at the heart of some of the most competitive Senate races in the country, and Connie [Schultz, Brown's wife] and I are thrilled that he's joining our team," Brown said Monday in a statement to cleveland.com.
"As an Ohio native, he knows how hard the people of this state work and understands exactly why it's so important that we keep fighting for them in the Senate," Brown added. "Bringing Justin on will help us run a strong campaign that wins in 2018 and ensures what's best for Ohio always comes first."
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