Ohio candidates raise big bucks for congressional races
Ohio candidates raise big bucks for congressional races
WASHINGTON - Former pro football player Anthony Gonzalez is clearly the Republican establishment’s choice to win the U.S. House of Representatives seat that will be vacated in November by Jim Renacci’s U.S. Senate bid, his campaign fundraising shows.
Reports filed by Sunday’s deadline at the Federal Election Commission show that in the first quarter of 2018, Gonzales got $10,000 from a political action committee associated with House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy. The former Indianapolis Colt and Ohio State Buckeyes standout also got $5,000 from Ohio U.S. Sen. Rob Portman’s PAC, and thousands more from other incumbent Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives, including Dayton’s Mike Turner.
His Republican primary opponent state Rep. Christina Hagan collected more than $20,000 from a political committee associated with the anti-establishment House Freedom Caucus, which was co-founded by Champaign County GOP Rep. Jim Jordan. She also got $5,400 from President Donald Trump’s former communications director Anthony Scaramucci, and $4,000 from the anti-abortion Susan B. Anthony List.
Great night with @Scaramucci and the people of Northeast Ohio! I am grateful for all your support in sending me to Congress! #MAGA 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/hhCmzEIAIh— Christina Hagan (@RepHagan) February 23, 2018
If campaigns were about nothing but money, their battle would be over: Gonzalez has raised and spent far more than Hagan during the campaign. He has collected $1.1 million so far, including $224,554 in the year’s first quarter, and had $703,682 left in the bank at the end of March.
During the first three months of 2018, Hagan collected $90,790, spent $105,741 and was left with $184,094 in the bank to spend before Ohio’s May 8 primary. She’s raised a total of $371,153 for her primary bid.
Democrats in the district, drawn to favor Republicans, haven’t raised nearly as much as their GOP counterparts. Grant Goodrich of Cleveland, who heads Case Western Reserve University’s Great Lakes Energy Institute, collected $72,192 in the quarter, spent $28,273 and had $48,919 in the bank. Health industry professional Susan Moran Palmer of Westlake raised $13,131 and loaned her campaign $37,000. She finished the quarter with $25,106 in the bank after spending $24,875.
T.J. Mulloy, an insurance and investment broker who lives in North Olmsted, collected $13,090, spent $6,957 and had $15,133 left. Scientist Aaron Godfrey of Westlake raised $4,652 in the quarter, spent $1,706 and had $5,151 in the bank.
4th Congressional District:
Jordan’s re-election campaign didn’t raise as much in the quarter as his counterparts with competitive primaries - $69,240 - but he didn’t have to because he had $1.4 million in the bank on March 31. His campaign spent $88,034 in the quarter, and much of it was donations to other candidates like Hagan. He got more than $10,000 in donations from from a PAC controlled by his House Freedom Caucus co-founder, Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina.
Democrat Janet Garrett of Oberlin raised $29,211, spent $16,299 and finished the quarter with $33,684 on hand. Lorain County Democratic Party Chairman Anthony Giardini gave her campaign $500, and Lima Mayor David Berger gave $250.
7th Congressional District:
Incumbent GOP Rep. Bob Gibbs of Holmes County was sitting on a tidy $1,366,781 at the end of the first quarter. He collected $113,100 during the reporting period and spent $44,607. His donations included $10,000 from McCarthy’s political action committee, $5,400 from Vice President Mike Pence’s political committee, and $5,000 from another PAC associated with House Speaker Paul Ryan.
One of his Republican primary challengers, Patrick J. Quinn of Mount Vernon, reported spending $123 despite not having raised any money. Another Republican in the race, Medina truck driver and real estate agent Terry Robertson, raised $25 during the quarter, spent $2, and had a negative bank balance of $362, as well as campaign debts of $4,849.
America is a country that leads. We need to be at the forefront of innovation, but that requires bravery. We have the best workforce in the world. Our workers need representatives who will fight for them, who will lead. #CountryOverParty pic.twitter.com/vYb0XWqLRX— Ken Harbaugh for OH7 (@Team_Harbaugh) April 15, 2018
Gibbs will likely face a stronger challenge during November’s general election if the best funded Democrat seeking his seat prevails in May’s primary. Ken Harbaugh of Avon, a former Navy pilot who ran a nonprofit that deploys military veterans as emergency first responders around the world collected $324,655 between January and March, spent $144,476 and finished the quarter with $726,613 on hand. The bulk of his donations came from outside Ohio.
The other Democrat in the that race, Patrick Pikus of Canton, a Timken Company business manager, raised $3,800, spent $717 and had $3,083 in the bank.
9th Congressional District:
Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Toledo collected $52,368 between January and March, spent $26,668 and was left with a $640,286 war chest to spend in her heavily Democratic district. Her donations included $10,800 from members of the Ratner family. Her expenses included a $1,000 donation to Democrat Conor Lamb, who recently won an open congressional seat in Pennsylvania.
The only Republican challenger to file a campaign finance report in her district- Sandusky auctioneer and real estate agent Steve Kraus, raised $1,680 in the quarter, spent $399 and had $1,282 in the bank.
11th Congressional District:
The district represented by Democratic Rep. Marcia Fudge of Warrensville Heights is also drawn to be safe for Democrats. She raised $43,101 during the year’s first quarter, spent $33,946 and had $799,943 in the bank. Most of her donations came from political action committees.
Republican challenger Gregory P. Dunham, an Akron accountant, loaned his campaign $10,020 and spent $4,575. He ended the quarter with $5,445 on hand. The other Republican candidate, former university professor Beverly Goldstein of Beachwood, reported that she hadn’t raised any money during the first three months of the year, spent $24 and had $304 in the bank.
13th Congressional District:
Niles-area Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan - who is secure enough in his seat that he’s been traveling the country to enhance his national profile, raised $151,811 during the quarter, spent $241,618 and had $401,154 in the bank at the end of March. His $5,400 donors included Boich Companies President Wayne Boich Jr., Blackstone Group global head Jonathan Gray and former Undercover Boss star Stephen Cloobeck.
The Republican in the race, Youngstown attorney Chris DePizzo, raised $1,806, spent $3,908 and had $12,567 in the bank at the end of March.
14th Congressional District:
Bainbridge Township Republican Rep. Dave Joyce - who faces no primary opposition this year - raised nearly $250,000 in the year’s first quarter - mostly from political action committees - bringing his election cycle fundraising tally over $1.1 million. He spent almost $148,000 during the quarter, and finished up with $774,000 in the bank.
He got $5,400 from GOP megadonor Gordon Faison - an entrepreneur who is trying to promote conservative clean energy solutions - his $2,700 donors included Phantom Fireworks CEO Bruce Zoldan, Gund Investment Corp. CEO Gordon Gund, and Preston Chevrolet owner Patrick Preston. He got $12,000 from McCarthy’s political committees, as well as $5,000 each from PACS run by House Speaker Paul Ryan, ex-Columbus area Rep. Patrick Tiberi, Comcast, Cardinal Health and Quicken Loans.
Democratic candidate Betsy Rader, a Russell Township attorney, raised more than Joyce between January and March - $272,080, but had less in the bank at the end of the period: $403,492. Her campaign spent $98,904.
All but $17,100 of her contributions came from individuals. Rader’s campaign sent out a news release that said her tally showed “a clear enthusiasm gap” between her supporters and Joyce’s Rader does not have a primary opponent.