Kasich, FitzGerald report campaign coffers

by MARC KOVAC | RPC CAPITAL BUREAU Published:

Columbus — Republican Gov. John Kasich added another $1.1 million to his campaign coffers over the past month or so.
His Democratic challenger, Ed FitzGerald, took in about one-tenth of that total during a month that included revelations about his past driver’s license status, among other issues.
Kasich’s total, disclosed on campaign finance filings submitted to the secretary of state’s office Sept. 4, included more than 50 individual and group donors who contributed $10,000 or more. Filings noted a balance on hand of more than $12.5 million for the governor’s reelection efforts.
“As we move into September, it’s clear that support for Gov. Kasich’s re-election is only getting stronger by the day,” campaign manager Matt Carle said in a released statement.
FitzGerald, meanwhile, reported a little more than $111,000 for the reporting period, including $5,000 added by the Ohio Democratic Party. His campaign reported an available balance of about $2.6 million.
“Despite the fact that the events of the last month largely prevented the campaign from spending time fund raising, everyday Ohioans showed that they are still invested in this race, and that they want a gubernatorial campaign focused on the issues that affect them,” campaign spokeswoman Lauren Hitt said in a released statement.
Among other statewide races filing contribution reports Sept. 4:
• Secretary of State: Republican incumbent Jon Husted reported $104,696 in contributions and a balance on hand of more than $3.2 million.
His opponent, state Sen. Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) reported contributions of nearly $82,000, including $5,000 from the Ohio Democratic Party, and a balance on hand of about $823,000.
• Attorney General: Republican incumbent Mike DeWine reported contributions approaching $456,000, including $100,000 from the Ohio Republican Party, and a balance on hand of more than $3.5 million.
His Democratic opponent, former Hamilton County Commissioner David Pepper, reported nearly $351,000 in contributions, including $50,000 from the Ohio Democratic Party, and a balance on hand of more than $2.1 million.
• Auditor: Republican incumbent Dave Yost reported contributions of about $87,000 and a balance on hand of about $1.4 million.
His opponent, state Rep. John Carney (D-Columbus) reported more than $123,000 in contributions, including $5,000 from the Ohio Democratic Party, and a balance on hand of about $1 million.
• Treasurer: Republican incumbent Josh Mandel reported contributions of about $243,000 and a balance on hand of more than $3.6 million.
His opponent, state Rep. Connie Pillich (D-Cincinnati) reported contributions of about $231,000, including $40,000 from the Ohio Democratic Party, and a balance on hand of nearly $2.3 million.
Marc Kovac is the Dix Capital Bureau Chief. Email him at mkovac@dixcom.com or on Twitter at OhioCapitalBlog.

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