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  • Gibbs, Renacci win Q2 fundraising battle

  • In two local congressional races, Republican candidates hold the campaign cash advantage as they were able to significantly raise more than the Democratic candidates between April and July.

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  • Two local Republican congressional candidates raised significantly more campaign cash than their Democratic rivals during the second quarter, according to campaign finance reports recently filed with the Federal Election Commission.
    In the 7th District contest to represent most of Stark County, U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs, R-Lakeville, took in $303,570 between April 1 and June 30. That’s nearly double the haul of Democratic candidate Joyce Healy-Abrams, who took in $160,081.
    One reason for the difference: Gibbs had 39 individuals who gave him the maximum allowed $2,500, including a lobbyist for the Ohio Oil and Gas Association. Healy-Abrams received $2,500 contributions from eight individuals, including Canton Council President Allen Schulman.
    Healy-Abrams spent far more than Gibbs in the second quarter as she ramped up her campaign operations and paid staff. She spent nearly $135,000 while Gibbs spent nearly $37,000.
    Healy-Abrams spent nearly $32,000 in the second quarter on net salaries for six campaign staffers. Gibbs spent about $10,500 in net pay for three staffers.
    Gibbs, who has raised a total of $1.2 million for the election cycle, ended June 30 with $882,430 in his campaign coffers. Healy-Abrams has raised a total of nearly $290,000, which doesn’t include the $120,500 in loans she’s made to her campaign. She had $232,927 cash on hand.
    None of the numbers include the $62,500 that Gibbs raised through his Building Our Base - Bob Political Action Committee.
    Of itemized contributions, where the contributor has given the candidate at least $200, about 114 individuals donated to Healy-Abrams. About 106 are Ohio residents and about 26 live in the Stark County area.
    Much of the PAC money to Healy-Abrams came from unions, including $5,000 from the United Food and Commercial Workers and the Machinists Non Partisan Political League.
    Of itemized contributors, about 117 individuals gave to Gibbs’ campaign in the second quarter and about 62 of them live in Ohio.
    Only one Stark County resident gave to Gibbs during the quarter. Stark County Republican Chairwoman Shirley Jones of Perry Township, contributed $25 to Gibbs for a total of $275 since last year. Six members of the Stokey family, associated with Allied Machine in Dover, each gave Gibbs’ $2,500. First Energy PAC contributed $5,000.
    Many of Gibbs’ out-of-state donors live in Illinois, West Virginia or Pennsylvania. The billionaire Koch brothers’ Koch Industries PAC gave Gibbs $3,500.
    “Joyce’s campaign is resonating with people here in Ohio,” Healy-Abrams’ campaign spokesman John Kohlstrand said. “We’re going to have a competitive campaign. We’re going to be on television. We’re going to do mail. People are going to hear what Joyce has to say, and the more they hear what Joyce has to say the more they’re going to like.”
    In a statement, Gibbs said, “I have been humbled by the tremendous support that we have seen throughout the district from people who share my concerns about the future of this country. ... we are raising the money necessary to be able to communicate my message to the voters of the 7th District.”
    In the 16th District contest to represent North Canton, Jackson Township, Lawrence Township and western Lake Township, U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, raised $502,079 in the second quarter, for a total of $2.1 million for the election cycle. His campaign spent nearly $182,000 in the quarter, leaving him with about $1.5 million in cash, an increase of about $318,000 since March. This doesn’t include the more than $200,000 the Renacci campaign says it raised the first half of July.
    U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton, D-Copley Township, found herself behind Renacci in the money race, as her campaign took in $293,104 in the quarter for a total haul since 2011 of $1.5 million. She spent $173,225, much of it on consulting fees, leaving her with $903,710 in cash, an improvement from about $784,000 at the end of March.
    Of the itemized contributions, about 274 people gave to Renacci’s campaign in the second quarter. About 231 are from Ohio, 76 are from the Stark County area and about 43 donors during the quarter gave the maximum allowed $2,500. Among the 43 were Timken president and CEO James W. Griffith; his wife Pam; Richard Maggiore, the owner of Innis Maggiore Group and Harold Ziegler Jr., president of Ziegler Tire.
    Thirteen of Renacci’s second-quarter donors were Timken Co. executives and at least two were spouses of Timken board members. They gave Renacci’s campaign a total of $18,250 for the quarter and a total of $30,150 since 2011. Several FirstEnergy executives were also on the donor list with many giving $1,000 or $2,500.
    Renacci and his wife Tina donated $10,000 to the campaign.
    Renacci got more than $206,000 from political action committees controlled by familiar American companies such as AFLAC, American Express, Ernst & Young, Exxon Mobil, General Electric, Halliburton, Home Depot, Marathon Petroleum, McDonalds, Procter & Gamble, AEP, Time Warner Cable, UPS and Whirlpool. The Koch brothers’ Koch Industries PAC gave Renacci $1,000.
    Renacci has pledged to return $100,250 in contributions from 13 Suarez Corporation Industries employees and seven of their spouses if the FBI finds that someone funneled the contributions through the employees to get around the legal contribution limit.
    Sutton received itemized contributions from about 162 people in the second quarter. Of those donors, about 88 live in Ohio and two live in Stark County. Fourteen donors gave Sutton the maximum $2,500, including her husband, Doug Corwon, and Healy-Abrams.
    Sutton’s campaign also got money from the PACs of American companies such as AFLAC, AT&T, Alcoa, Comcast, Dominion, Ford Motor Co., Rolls Royce North America, along with several unions. NARAL Pro-Choice America, the Service Employees International Union and the United Autoworkers each gave $5,000.
    Sutton also got $1,000 contributions from Alexander Soros, the son of liberal billionaire philanthropist George Soros, Barry M. Meyer, the CEO of Warner Brothers, and Fred Martin, the owner of Fred Martin Ford.
    13th DISTRICT
    Page 3 of 3 - In the race for the 13th District, which includes Alliance and Lexington Township, Democratic congressional candidate U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Niles raised $77,537 in the second quarter and $730,933 for the election cycle. His campaign spent nearly $75,000 in the quarter and finished June 30 with $232,568 in cash.
    Republican candidate Marisha Agana of Warren raised $4,719 in the quarter from six donors for a total of $19,863 for the cycle. Her campaign, which has attracted no money from PACs or corporations, spent $9,726 in the quarter leaving her with $4,224 in cash.

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