Confident, Wilson pulls back on spending for campaign
The candidates raised more than $2.8 million for the congressional race.
By DAVID SKOLNICK
VINDICATOR POLITICS WRITER
Although Democrat Charlie Wilson says he is confident of a Nov. 7 victory for the 6th Congressional District post, he continues to raise and spend a considerable amount of money on the campaign.
Pre-general election campaign reports filed by congressional candidates for financial activity between Oct. 1 and 18 shows Wilson, a state senator from St. Clairsville, raised $65,761 during that time.
Candidates must also file financial disclosure reports of contributions of at least $1,000 with the Federal Election Commission no later than 48 hours after receiving them during the final days leading to the Nov. 7 election. The same rule doesn't apply for candidate expenditures after Oct. 18.
Wilson reported $23,000 in those contributions from Oct. 19 through Friday.
In comparison, state Rep. Chuck Blasdel of East Liverpool, his Republican opponent, raised $79,919 in the month's first 18 days with $75,642 coming from a joint federal candidate committee created by Republican candidates.
While Blasdel raised more than Wilson during the month's first 18 days, he raised only $2,000 between Oct. 19 and Friday from those who contribute at least $1,000.
As of Friday, Wilson reported raising $1,765,266 overall for his campaign compared with $1,063,139 for Blasdel.
Polls show Wilson with a comfortable lead in the race that takes in 12 counties, including Columbiana and a portion of Mahoning. U.S. Rep. Ted Strickland, a Lisbon Democrat, isn't seeking re-election and is running for governor.
Wilson said he's so confident he'll win that he's canceled 40 percent of his television commercial time, isn't mailing fliers to voters, contributing money for other candidates and is paying back money he loaned his campaign for his successful write-in effort during the May Democratic primary.
Wilson spent $159,234 during the month's first 18 days. Of that amount, 56 percent went toward advertising.
Blasdel spent $39,802 during the first 18 days of October. Most of the money was for staff and staff travel.
Through Oct. 18, Wilson's campaign had $368,439 cash on hand compared with $318,645 for Blasdel.