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  • Healy-Abrams loans $120K to campaign

  • About half of the money that Democrat Joyce Healy-Abrams collected for her congressional campaign came from a loan from herself.

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  • The campaign of Democratic congressional candidate Joyce Healy-Abrams announced earlier this month that she raised $240,000 in the first quarter.
    What her press release didn’t mention was that half of that money was $120,500 she loaned to her own campaign.
    Healy-Abrams filed her latest campaign finance report on Friday with the Federal Election Commission. It said that outside of the loan Healy-Abrams, a candidate for the new 7th District, collected $107,416 in contributions between Feb. 16 and March 31 for a total of $129,846 for the election cycle.
    The Hills and Dales woman spent $34,769, leaving her with $208,041 in cash.
    Her opponent U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs, R-Lakeville, raised $203,582 between Feb. 16 and March 31 for a total election cycle haul of nearly $895,000. None of what he collected was a loan. He spent about $75,000, resulting in a net increase in cash on hand to nearly $616,000.
    Notable contributors to Healy-Abrams included (all figures are total for election cycle):
    • Alan J. Abrams, who lives in Healy-Abrams’ household, $2,500.
    • Healy-Abrams’ stepmother Barbara Healy, $3,500.
    • Former Kent State University Stark campus dean Betsy Boze, $1,000.
    • Jennifer Coon, real estate manager for Northmark in Louisville, $1,000.
    • Attorney Steve Okey of Alliance, $1,000.
    • Frances G. Pepper, of Cincinnati and the wife of former Proctor and Gamble CEO John Pepper, $850.
    • Paul Siegfried, the owner of several local McDonald’s franchises, $250.
    • Edward Slesnick, the vice president of Slesnick Iron & Metal, $500.
    • Prominent Cleveland immigration attorney Margaret Wong, a major supporter of Healy-Abrams’ brother Canton Mayor William J. Healy II, $300.
    • David Zhou, the chief operating officer of VXI Global Solutions, in Los Angeles, $500. Mayor Healy persuaded VXI to establish a call center in Canton.
    Unions and labor associations contributed at least $40,000. U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s campaign fund and PAC to the Future committee gave $7,000. Former congressman John Boccieri’s campaign contributed $2,000. The Ohio Democratic Party and Mayor Healy’s campaign fund each gave $1,000, and the New Democrat Coalition PAC gave $5,000.
    Former Plain Local Schools superintendent Jacqueline DeGarmo gave $250 and provided about $369 worth of free catering for a campaign event.
    Healy-Abrams’ mother Mary Healy gave $500 and provided $817 worth of free catering for a fundraising event.
    Contributors to Gibbs included (total for election cycle):
    • William H. Belden, chairman of the Belden Brick Company, $1,000.
    • Massillon Cable TV Chairman Richard Gessner, $2,500.
    • Benjamin Suarez, the president of Suarez Corporation and his wife Nancy, $10,000.
    • Harold Ziegler, Jr. of Ziegler Tire & Oil, $350.
    • Stark County Treasurer Alex Zumbar, $250.
    • Robert Shearer, owner of Shearer’s Foods, $2,500.
    • Edward Roth III, president of Aultman Hospital, $1,000.
    • Timken Co. executives, Timken family members and the Timken Good Government Fund, about $17,000.
    • Douglas Sibila, of Plain Township, president of People’s Services, $1,000.
    Page 2 of 2 - • National Air Traffic Controllers PAC, $5,000
    • National Republican Campaign Committee, $5,000.
    • Koch Industries PAC, run by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, $5,000.
    Political Action Committees tied to corporations gave Gibbs more than $87,000 in the cycle. That includes Chesapeake Energy, UPS, Exxon Mobil, Federal Express, Marathon Petroleum, Verizon Wireless, Nationwide Insurance, Proctor & Gamble, AT&T, Home Depot, AEP and the Ford Motor Company.
    Companies related to transportation and energy made many of the contributions. Gibbs is a subcommittee chairman on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

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