VP Pence to discuss tax cuts in Cleveland Friday with Jim Renacci

WASHINGTON - Vice President Mike Pence will visit Cleveland on Friday to tout tax changes adopted last year in appearance with U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, who is running for Senate, a Renacci spokesperson said.

The spokesperson said the event will include a panel discussion on the benefits of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, followed by a speech by the Vice President on tax cuts. It will be hosted by America First Policies, a 501(c) (4) organization with close ties to Trump. Pence's press office did not immediately respond to inquiries about the upcoming Cleveland visit.

Pence's office announced Monday that he'll travel to Iowa and Kentucky on Tuesday and Wednesday to deliver "keynote remarks" at America First Policies "Tax Cuts to Put America First" events. He has previously made appearances for the group in Michigan and Texas.

The liberal-leaning watchdog group Common Cause on Monday filed complaints at the Department of Justice and Federal Election Commission that allege America First Policies is illegally coordinating campaign spending with  Pence, President Trump and the Republican National Committee. A contact person listed for the America First group did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the complaints and the upcoming Cleveland event.

The Wadsworth congressman is among several Republicans seeking the party's nomination to take on Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown this fall. He announced he was jumping into the race in January, after obtaining assurances that President Donald Trump and others in his administration would campaign on his behalf. Renacci had been running for governor up to that point.

Pence, a former Indiana governor, intends to make dozens of campaign appearances for his party's candidates before November's election.

Republicans who believe voters will like their tax legislation have been hammering Democrats, like Brown, who voted against it. On Monday, the Republican National Committee released a statement touting raises that an Ohio-based company said it would give employees because of the measure, and condemning Brown for voting against it.

"Sherrod Brown will regret his vote against middle-class Ohioans come November," said a statement from RNC spokesperson Ellie Hockenbury.

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