Ohio GOP outraising Democrat opponents

by MARC KOVAC | RPC CAPITAL BUREAU Published:

Columbus — Republican Gov. John Kasich continues to outpace his Democratic challenger, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, in fund raising heading toward the November general election.
In post-primary disclosures filed June 13 with the secretary of state’s office, Kasich’s campaign reported contributions approaching $1.8 million and spending of about $942,000, leaving a balance on hand of more than $9.3 million. His total included $500,000 from the Ohio Republican Party.
“Gov. Kasich’s support is strong and growing as Ohioans continue to see positive results around the state, and with more than $9.3 million in the bank going into the summer, I’m confident we’ll have the resources we need to continue telling Ohio’s comeback story,” Matt Carle, Kasich’s campaign manager, said.
FitzGerald, meanwhile, reported nearly $836,000 in contributions, including $117,500 from the Ohio Democratic Party, and spending of about $440,000. That left him with a balance on hand of about $1.9 million.
“Thanks to the contributions from Ohioans in all 88 counties, the campaign’s fundraising has serious momentum,” Nick Buis, FitzGerald’s campaign manager, said in a statement.
“We raised over $200,000 more than our previous filing in half the time, and recruited over 3,600 new contributors. It’s clear that the governor’s position on SB 310, women’s health care, education and tax cuts for the wealthy is increasingly causing Ohioans to join Team FitzGerald.”

OTHER STATEWIDE RACES
Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted reported more than $513,000 in contributions and spending approaching $57,000, leaving a balance of more than $2.8 million.
His Democratic challenger, state Sen. Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) raised about $190,000 and spent about $195,000, leaving a balance just shy of $489,000.
Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine reported $770,000-plus in contributions and spending of about $95,000, leaving a balance on hand of nearly $2.8 million. The Ohio Republican Party provided $300,000 of his totals, and the Summit County GOP added $40,000.
His challenger, Democrat David Pepper, reported about $459,000 in contributions and spending of about $185,000, leaving a balance on hand of $1.4 million. The Ohio Democratic Party added $20,000 to his totals.
Republican state Auditor Dave Yost reported more than $216,000 in contributions and nearly $14,000 in spending, leaving a balance of about $1.1 million.
His challenger, state Rep. John Carney (D-Dublin) reported more than $181,000 in contributions and spending of a little more than that amount, leaving a balance on hand of $736,000-plus.
Republican state Treasurer Josh Mandel reported nearly $631,000 in contributions and $77,000 in spending, leaving a balance of more than $2.9 million.
His challenger, state Rep. Connie Pillich (D-Cincinnati) raised more than $523,000 and spent nearly $160,000, leaving a balance of $1.5 million-plus. She received a $50,000 contribution from the Ohio Democratic Party.
Kovac is the Dix Capital Bureau Chief. Email him at mkovac@dixcom.com or on Twitter at OhioCapitalBlog.

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