Republican Gonzalez raised 10 times more money between April and June than Democrat Susan Moran Palmer of Westlake, according to reports filed at the Federal Election Commission. He also spent 20 times more than she did and had 17 times more money in the bank when the reporting period ended on June 30.
The former Ohio State University and Indianapolis Colt standout raised almost $218,000 in the quarter, spent more than $370,000 and had more than $300,000 in the bank. His individual campaign donors included investment company founder Charles Schwab of San Francisco, who gave him $2,700, car dealer Bernie Moreno, who gave the same amount, and Cleveland Indians CEO Paul Dolan, who contributed $1,000.
The $89,300 that Gonzalez collected from political action committees included $5,000 each from groups associated with House Speaker Paul Ryan, Vice President Mike Pence, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, KeyCorp, Koch Industries, and the National Beer Wholesalers.
Gonzalez spent more than $100,000 on media during the reporting period, and more than $57,000 on printing. His campaign had a $40,000 outstanding loan to Gonzalez himself, as well as a $15,000 debt to a Virginia political consulting firm that advised Rand Paul's presidential campaign, Advancing Strategies.
Palmer, a principal account manager at Medtronic, raised nearly $21,000 during the reporting period, none of it from political action committees. She spent around $17,000 during the three months covered by the report, and had around $17,000 left at the end of the period. Her report showed a $37,000 campaign debt to the candidate herself.
Fundraising was more competitive in Ohio's other open seat race, in which current Franklin County auditor Danny O'Connor, a Democrat, is running against Zanesville GOP state senator Troy Balderson in the Columbus area to replace retired GOP Rep. Patrick Tiberi.
The August special election to fill the remainder of Tiberi's term is seen as a potential bellwether for November contests around the nation, and political groups on both sides of the aisle are channeling cash to the race.
O'Connor collected nearly $680,000 during the quarter, including $14,000 from political action committees associated with House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, and $5,000 from a PAC associated with Oregon Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley. He also got $5,000 donations from several PACs associated with labor unions as well as $2,000 from the campaign of one of his defeated primary opponents, Ed Albertson, and $1,000 from the North Olmsted-based state legislative campaign of Bride Rose Sweeney.
O'Connor spent more than $647,000 in the quarter and had nearly $148,000 left in the bank. Almost $500,000 of his expenses went towards media buys, and more than $100,000 was spent on mailers.
Balderson raised nearly $634,000 in the quarter, including more than $381,000 from political action committees. His campaign spent more than $450,000 in that time and had nearly $275,000 left in the bank.
Republican politicians who gave Balderson money included Tiberi, whose political committees gave him more than $20,000. House GOP Leader Keven McCarthy gave $15,000, National Republican Congressional Committee chair Steve Stivers of the Columbus-area gave $15,000, and Ryan gave $10,000. More than $200,000 of Balderson's campaign money was spent on media buys and ads.
The campaign of incumbent GOP Rep. Jim Jordan had slightly more than $1.4 million in the bank at the end of the quarter after collecting more than $114,000 and spending around $81,000. The House Freedom Caucus co-founder from Champaign County got $5,000 donations from political action committees associated with Google and Lowe's Company. His expenses included a $4,000 donation to the Ohio Republican Party and more than $3,000 for fundraising food and drink at a steakhouse in the Washington, D.C., hotel owned by President Donald Trump.
Jordan's Democratic opponent - retired Oberlin teacher Janet Garrett - did not file a report by the July 15 deadline.
Holmes County Republican Rep. Bob Gibbs raised more than $168,000 in the quarter, spent around $73,000 and had nearly $1.5 million in the bank. He got $5,000 each from political committees associated with FirstEnergy, John Deere and House GOP Whip Steve Scalise. His campaign donated $30,000 to the Ohio House Republican Organizational Committee in Columbus.
His Democratic opponent, Ken Harbaugh, raised more than $479,000 in the quarter and had more than $977,000 in the bank after spending around $253,000. His campaign donors included former Warner Music Group CEO Edgar Bronfman, Jr., who gave $5,400, former White House advisor David Gergen, who gave $2,700 and former Maryland Gov. Martin J. O'Malley, who gave $500.
Toledo Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur raised more than $171,000 in the quarter, spent more than $33,000 and had more than $701,000 in the bank on June 30.
A political action committee for American Crystal Sugar gave her campaign $10,000, and she got $5,000 each from PACS affiliated with unions for boilermakers, electrical workers and teachers. Her campaign donated $60,000 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, as well as $3,000 to the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party. She also contributed to the campaigns of several congressional candidates including O'Connor.
Her Republican challenger, Steve Kraus of Sandusky, collected $4,950 in campaign contributions, and loaned his own campaign more than $13,000, much of which was spent on items like office supplies, parade candy and campaign signs. His campaign had $598 in the bank at the end of the reporting period.
Incumbent Democratic Rep. Marcia Fudge of Warrensville Heights collected more than $110,000 during the three-month reporting period, spent around $70,000 and had more than $783,000 in the bank at the end of June. She had many of the same PAC donors as Kaptur. Her expenses included more than $25,000 for a fundraiser at Akron's Firestone Country Club.
Her Republican challenger, Beverly Goldstein of Beechwood, didn't raise any money in the quarter and reported $24 in bank fees as the campaign's only expense. Her campaign had $279.91 left in its account.
Niles-area Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan raised almost $180,000 in the quarter, spent around $140,000 and had nearly $416,000 in campaign cash left at the end of June. More than $100,000 of his donations came from political action committees. His individual donors included Napster co-founder Sean Parker, who gave $5,400, and Phantom Fireworks vice president Ron Zoldan, who gave $2,700.
Ryan, who has repeatedly visited states with early presidential primaries, had campaign expenses that included more than $15,000 in airfare, more than $5,000 in bills for hotels in New Hampshire, South Carolina, California, Florida and Texas, and $7,500 for purchase of a "list" from a former Iowa congressional candidate.
His Republican rival, attorney Chris DePizzo, collected nearly $15,000 during the reporting period. DePizzo's campaign spent $1,269, owed creditors around $5,000 and had more than $23,000 in the bank.
The campaign of Bainbridge Township GOP Rep. Dave Joyce raised more than $400,000 in the quarter, spent close to $110,000 and ended up with more than $1 million in the bank. He got $5,000 donations from political committees representing Murray Energy and Sen. Rob Portman, as well as a $1,000 from a PAC that represents the commissioner of major league baseball. He contributed $30,000 to the National Republican Congressional Committee.
His Democratic opponent, Russell Township attorney Betsy Rader, raised more than $325,000, spent more than $101,000 and had almost $635,000 in campaign money left at the end of the quarter. Her donors included attorney Fred Nance, who gave $1,000, Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper, who gave $500, former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Mary O. Boyle, who gave $400, and Ohio Attorney General candidate Steve Dettlebach, who gave $250.
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