09/24/2012 06:24 pm ET Updated Nov 24, 2012

Josh Mandel Accused Of Misclassifying Campaign Staff As Freelancers To Dodge Taxes

As the presidential candidates make tax policy personal, the same thing is happening in Ohio, where Sen. Sherrod Brown's campaign is accusing his Republican challenger, Josh Mandel, of bilking the same state treasury he runs. As Mandel ran for state treasurer in 2010, he classified at least nine of his senior staffers as independent contractors instead of full-time employees, according to campaign finance disclosures reviewed by Salon, which allowed him to forgo paying some taxes to the state and the IRS.

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