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  • Sutton beats Renacci in Q1 fundraising

  • Republican Congressman Jim Renacci still has more campaign cash than Democratic congresswoman Betty Sutton for the 16th Congressional District race. But in the first quarter, Sutton outraised Renacci and made up some ground.

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  • U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton, D-Copley Township, raised more in campaign contributions than U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, between Feb. 16 and March 31.
    But she remains several hundred thousand dollars behind him in cash on hand in the 16th District congressional race, according to her latest campaign finance filing on Sunday with the Federal Election Commission.
    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, with much of it paying for campaign staff and $16,196 being spent on polling and $23,563 for Internet advertising. Sutton’s campaign spent $46,849, with some of the money covering payroll costs. Renacci’s campaign also incurred nearly $24,000 in debt for fundraising, campaign materials and travel costs.
    Neither campaign received loans for the most recent reporting period, but Renacci’s campaign owes Renacci $370,000 for past loans.
    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.
    Sutton got $247,388 from individuals and about $144,000 from committees. So far in the cycle, about 49 percent of her campaign haul has originated from political committees.
    Notable individual contributors for Renacci include (total given for election cycle):
    • David Adante of Jackson Township, Davey Tree Co. executive, $1,400.
    • Richard Altman of Jackson Township, real estate developer, $4,500.
    • Paul Batchelder of North Canton, retired, $1,500.
    • David and Janielle Heiser of Jackson Township, doctor and consultant, $2,900.
    • James F. King of Jackson Township, physician, $1,150
    • Robert S. O’Brien of North Canton, retired, $1,650.
    Corporations’ political action committees gave at least $128,200 for the cycle.
    They included AT&T, Capital One, Dominion, FedEx, Fifth Third Bancorp, Ford Motor Co., General Electric, Halliburton, Home Depot, Huntington Bancshares, J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, Keycorp, Marathon Petroleum, Nationwide Insurance, New York Life Insurance, United Airlines, Verizon, and Westfield.
    The Ohio Republican Party gave Renacci’s campaign $10,000 and the National Republican Congressional Committee contributed $5,000.
    Notable individual contributors for Sutton include (total given for election cycle):
    • Canton City Council President Allen Schulman Jr. and his wife, Christine Jo Schulman, both of Canton, attorney and executive, $10,000.
    • Edward C. and Ellen N. Bernard of Baltimore, Md., vice chairman of T. Rowe Price and homemaker, $10,000.
    • Steven Bochco and wife, Dayna Kalins Bochco, of Santa Monica, Calif., TV producers, $1,500. Steven Bochco was executive producer for “NYPD Blue” and “Hill Street Blues.”
    • Fred Martin of Aurora, owner of Fred Martin Ford, $2,500.
    Page 2 of 2 - Individuals donated about $96,000 to Sutton through the group EMILY’s List, with many of the contributions being $500 or less.
    Corporations donated at least $21,000. They included AT&T, Bridgestone Americas, Dominion, Ford Motor Co. Lockheed Martin, Comcast and U.S. Bank.
    Unions gave Sutton’s campaign roughly $60,000. They included the American Federation of Government Employees, the American Federation of Musicians, Engineers Political Education Committee, the International Association of Machinists, National Association of Letter Carriers, the Office & Professional Employees International Union, the United Food & Commercial Workers and the United Mine Workers of America
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s campaign fund and PAC to the Future gave Sutton $14,000.
    NARAL Pro-Choice America donated $5,000, and Planned Parenthood gave $1,000.

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