Traficant Sets Up New Campaign Committee

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) - Former U.S. Rep. Jim Traficant has set up a re-election campaign committee, even though he is sitting in a Pennsylvania prison.

Traficant (pictured, above) is serving an eight-year sentence for taking bribes from businessmen and kickbacks from staff. But he is also on the ballot as an independent for the 17th District congressional seat.

Traficant's new campaign treasurer has filed papers with the Federal Election Commission establishing a Traficant for Congress committee.

The Youngstown Vindicator reported that the campaign will open two offices. One office will be in Ravenna, next door to State Rep. Ann Womer Benjamin -- the Republican candidate in the congressional race. The other office will be in Girard.

State Sen. Tim Ryan, who once worked for Traficant, is the Democratic candidate.

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