The Democrat's campaign is starting to pay back money he loaned to it.
By DAVID SKOLNICK
VINDICATOR POLITICS WRITER
YOUNGSTOWN -- The two candidates seeking to replace Ted Strickland in the U.S. House have raised more than 2.65 million combined.
State Rep. Chuck Blasdel, an East Liverpool Republican, raised 981,220 for his campaign through Sept. 30, according to a financial disclosure report filed Sunday with the Federal Election Commission.
Of that amount, 201,411 was raised between July 1 and Sept. 30.
In comparison, state Sen. Charlie Wilson, a St. Clairsville Democrat, raised 1,676,505 for his campaign, including 368,336 during the year's third quarter.
Strickland, a Lisbon Democrat, opted not to seek re-election to the 6th Congressional District seat and instead is running for governor. The 12-county district includes all of Columbiana County and a portion of Mahoning County.
The National Republican Congressional Committee had considered the district to be its No. 1 pickup seat in the U.S. House before the May primary but not any longer. The committee believes Blasdel can win the seat but is focusing its finances on other races after Wilson won a write-in campaign in the May Democratic primary, an NRCC spokesman said.
Through Sept. 30, Wilson's campaign spent 1,214,693 but only 196,866 between July and September.
In comparison, Blasdel's campaign spent 702,693 through Sept. 30, with 200,038 spent between July and September.
Because of the write-in effort, Wilson loaned 552,709 of his own money to the campaign. But Wilson's fortunes turned for the better during the third quarter. Wilson's campaign gave 7,100 to the candidate as a small repayment toward his loans. It is the first time his campaign has repaid him for the loans.
Most of the candidates' money between July and September went to political consultants and fundraisers, advertisements and staff salaries.
As of Sept. 30, Blasdel had 278,528 in his campaign fund compared with 461,911 for Wilson.
U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan raised 64,120 between July and September, and 561,095 overall for his re-election effort. Ryan, a Niles Democrat, is facing Republican Don Manning of Cortland in the Nov. 7 election for the 17th Congressional District seat. The district includes portions of Mahoning and Trumbull counties.
Manning didn't file a report with the FEC. U.S. House candidates who don't raise or spend 5,000 aren't required to file financial disclosure reports with the FEC.
As of Sept. 30, Ryan had 125,391 on hand.
During the year's third quarter, Ryan's campaign spent 122,253.
Ryan pays his brother, Allen, 2,000 a month for "campaign management consulting."
Ryan contributed about 20,000 to local, state and congressional candidates between July and September, including 5,000 to Strickland. Ryan also gave 47,500 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which provides money to Democrats running for the U.S. House.
In the 14th Congressional District race, U.S. Rep. Steven C. LaTourette, a Concord Township Republican, enjoys a large financial lead over Democrat Lewis Katz of Pepper Pike.
The district includes seven northern townships in Trumbull County.
LaTourette raised 1,265,584 in contributions, and had 579,639 in his fund as of Sept. 30.
In comparison, Katz raised 112,876 for his campaign and had 50,937 in his fund as of Sept. 30.
Werner Lange of Newton Falls is running as an independent candidate against LaTourette. He didn't file a report with the FEC.