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  • Congressional candidates report fundraising numbers

  • Candidates to represent Stark County in Congress raised hundreds of thousands of dollars during the last few months, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

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  • Five of six candidates in three races seeking to represent Stark County in Congress raised six-figure amounts in the first quarter, according to their campaign finance reports filed by the Sunday deadline.
    In the 16th District contest, U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton, D-Copley Township, outraised U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, in the first quarter, but he still has hundreds of thousands more in campaign cash.
    In the 7th District, the campaign of Democrat Joyce Healy-Abrams, of Hills and Dales, said in a news release it had received $240,000, outraising Republican candidate U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs of Lakeville. But Healy-Abrams’ campaign didn’t say it had accomplished that due to Healy-Abrams loaning her campaign $120,500.
    And in the 13th District, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Niles, raised the least of the three Democratic candidates in the first quarter — $130,026. His rival, Republican Marisha Agana of Warren, got $6,529.
    For the period from Feb. 17 to March 31, Sutton raised $391,314 for a total of about $458,000 for the first quarter. Renacci raised $292,898, for a total of about $403,500 for the quarter, not including a transfer he got of $29,502 from other campaign committees. Renacci had $1.23 million in cash at the end of March. Sutton had $783,766.
    Renacci outspent Sutton, allowing her to gain some ground. His campaign spent $118,574, while Sutton’s campaign spent $46,849.
    Renacci got about $105,000 from individuals and about $188,900 from political committees. So far in this election cycle, about 51 percent of his total $1.62 million in contributions have come from such committees. And of those who donated Feb. 17 to March 31, at least $128,200 came during the entire election cycle from corporations.
    Sutton got $247,388 from individuals (of which about $96,000 was relayed to her by the group EMILY’s List) and about $144,000 from committees. So far in the cycle, about 49 percent of her campaign haul has originated from political committees. Notable contributors included Canton City Council President and attorney Allen Schulman Jr. and his wife, Christine Jo Schulman, who gave $10,000. She also got $1,500 from former “Hill Street Blues” and “NYPD Blue” Executive Producer Steven Bochco and wife, Dayna Kalins Bochco, of California.
    Of contributors who gave Feb. 17 to March 31, Sutton got at least $21,000 from corporations and roughly $60,000 from unions.
    Without the loans, Healy-Abrams got about $130,000 in the first quarter. Gibbs took in $228,647. Healy-Abrams spent $42,200 and ended the quarter with about $208,000. Gibbs spent about $144,000, leaving him with nearly $616,000 at the end of March.
    Both candidates got several contributions from Stark County donors.
    Gibbs got about $17,000 from Timken Co. executives, Timken family members and the Timken Good Government Fund. He also got more than $87,000 from corporations for the election cycle from donors who gave Feb. 17 to March 31.
    Healy-Abrams received at least $40,000 from unions.
    Page 2 of 2 - Agana, a pediatrician, loaned her campaign $10,000 to avoid finishing the quarter in the red. She spent $9,353 in the first quarter, finishing with $9,232. Agana didn’t get a penny from a political action committee nor a Stark County donor.
    Ryan, who got about 60 percent of his contributions from political action committees, spent about $82,400 in the quarter, leaving him with $241,281. His campaign gave $1,000 to Healy-Abrams’ campaign and $2,000 to Sutton’s campaign.
    Ryan got at least $52,000 from corporations, of those who donated between Feb. 17 and March 31.

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