From the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
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CLEVELAND, Ohio — U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel, whose cross-country fundraising jaunts have provoked criticism from opponents, has a top-dollar, hometown fundraiser on his calendar this month.
The Republican state treasurer is the leading candidate in a six-way March primary to determine who will face Democratic incumbent Sherrod Brown in November.
A Jan. 27 luncheon at the downtown Union Club is billed as Mandel’s “first Cleveland event of 2012″ in an invitation signed by Eaton Corp. Chief Executive Sandy Cutler.
For $1,000, supporters can receive a general admission ticket for the lunch. For another For $2,500, donors can also attend a private, pre-lunch reception with Mandel and Cutler.
The invitation does not identify Cutler’s place in the corporate world; not that it needs to.
The Fortune 500 exec is well-known in civic circles. He is a past chairman of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, the region’s chamber of commerce. And he was a leader in the successful effort three years ago to replace the Cuyahoga County commissioners with a charter government. Cutler cut a personal $10,000 check and helped raise money; Eaton contributed $50,000.
Cutler has contributed to other GOP candidates, notably former State Rep. Matt Dolan, who failed in a 2010 bid to become the first county executive under the reorganized government that Cutler favored. He also donated that year to Mandel’s successful state treasurer campaign.