- Associated Press - Friday, June 27, 2014

CLEVELAND (AP) - Jurors have finished their first day of deliberations in the federal trial of a northeast Ohio businessman charged with making illegal campaign contributions to two prominent Republican politicians.

Ben Suarez is accused of using employees, relatives and others to donate $100,000 each to U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci’s (reh-NAY’-seez) 2012 congressional campaign and state Treasurer Josh Mandel’s (man-DEHLZ’) failed U.S. Senate bid.

Jurors completed deliberations Friday afternoon with plans to resume Monday morning.

A prosecutor said in closing arguments Thursday that the 72-year-old North Canton businessman bundled the donations hoping the politicians would help with a consumer protection complaint in California.

Defense attorneys said the telemarketing millionaire made a mistake but did not willingly break the law.

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