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Republican Party Central Committee Members Sue State GOP Over Missing Money

Karen Kasler
Statehouse News Bureau

Five members of the Ohio Republican Party’s state central committee are suing the party, saying there’s millions of dollars of missing money and that Chairman Bob Paduchik won’t explain what happened to it. The suit comes as the party considers whether it will eventually endorse candidates in May’s contested primary for governor and the crowded race to replace US Senator Rob Portman.

Mark Bainbridge is one of the five suing the Ohio GOP, saying his group has documented $3 million in unexplained missing funds going back to former chair Jane Timken, now a US Senate candidate. Bainbridge says the group wants an audit, for the party to stop contributing to the re-election campaigns of Gov. Mike DeWine and other candidates, and for Paduchik to resign.

“It has nothing to do with the politics in the Republican Party. We are just trying to bring accountability and integrity and good financial reporting and governance to the Ohio Republican Party.”

Paduchik said Bainbridge is making “crazy accusations” and has slandered and threatened people, and that the five are working with a far right dark-money group, and wrote in a letter about Bainbridge and the suit to party members on Tuesday: “Please recognize the lies and the motivations behind them.”

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