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Kasich raises $2.3 million; FitzGerald, $533,000, latest campaign reports show

TNS Regional News • Aug 6, 2014 at 2:07 PM

The fundraising blowout continues in Ohio’s race for governor, but the money contests in down-ticket races are much closer, campaign-finance reports filed yesterday show.

Gov. John Kasich raised more than $2.3 million for his re-election campaign during the latest filing period, more than four times the $533,000 generated by Democrat Ed FitzGerald. The Republican has raised $16.4 million, dwarfing the $4.4 million obtained by FitzGerald.

“Our campaign’s solid financial position is a testament to Gov. Kasich’s record of strong, effective leadership,” said Matt Carle, Kasich’s campaign manager, in a statement.

The governor’s fundraising dominance can be told many ways, but this might be the best: The law firm of FitzGerald’s running mate gave Kasich $10,000.

A spokeswoman for Thompson Hine, where lieutenant-governor candidate Sharen Neuhardt is a partner, explained that this way:

“Thompson Hine’s PAC has contributed $11,000 to the FitzGerald-Neuhardt campaign and has contributed $10,000 to Gov. Kasich’s campaign. Our PAC is funded by our partners, who come from all political-party persuasions, and it is not uncommon for us to support both the Republican candidate and the Democrat candidate in a particular race.”

Records with the secretary of state’s office show only $5,000 from the law firm’s political action committee flowing to FitzGerald and Neuhardt.

Here’s another demonstration of Kasich’s prowess generating campaign cash: He raised more in two June fundraisers than FitzGerald did in the past seven weeks.

In all, Kasich received the maximum contribution of about $12,155 from each of 49 contributors — compared with five for FitzGerald — and took in at least $10,000 from 113 donors, compared with 12 for FitzGerald.

The Ohio Republican Party added more than $250,000 in in-kind contributions to Kasich, such as paying for web services and consulting and covering at least some of his campaign’s payroll.

Friends of Ohio Hospitals was among the maximum contributors to Kasich, and the Ohio State Medical Association chipped in $10,000.

Those maxing out their giving to FitzGerald, Cuyahoga County’s executive, were two unions, a Cincinnati couple and an individual from Fresno, Calif.

The campaign committees of Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman, a Democrat, and U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo, each chipped in $1,000, while the Ohio Democratic Party added $40,000 this week.

Democrats in races for other statewide non-judicial offices were much more competitive in fundraising — especially in comparing what the candidates raised on their own, without contributions from their respective parties.

Although Auditor Dave Yost and state Rep. John Patrick Carney, D-Columbus, both wound up raising about $210,000, more than $40,000 of Yost’s total came from the Ohio Republican Party, while only $10,000 of Carney’s haul came from the Ohio Democratic Party.

Attorney General Mike DeWine’s $449,000 included $145,000 from the Ohio GOP. Democratic challenger David Pepper’s $382,000 included $30,000 from his party. Thus, money raised “on their own” breaks down as $304,000 for DeWine and $352,000 for Pepper.

The scenario is reversed in the treasurer’s race, where state Rep. Connie Pillich, D-Cincinnati, outraised GOP state Treasurer Josh Mandel, $510,000 to $466,000 in raw numbers. But subtracting $100,000 in party money from Pillich and $26,000 from Mandel leaves the totals at $410,000 for Pillich and $440,000 for Mandel.

The GOP dominated the remaining races.

Secretary of State Jon Husted amassed $356,000, compared with $253,000 raised by Democratic state Sen. Nina Turner of Cleveland.

Supreme Court Justice Judith L. French, a Republican, topped Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge John P. O’Donnell, a Democrat, $164,000 to $34,000.

Justice Sharon L. Kennedy, a Republican, crushed state Rep. Tom Letson, D-Warren, $167,000 to $5,000.


By Randy Ludlow, Darrel Rowland & Joe Vardon - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)

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