By David Skolnick
Though many U.S. House members spent the first three months of this year replenishing their campaign accounts after the 2012 election, Rep. Tim Ryan spent more than he raised in that time frame.
Campaign-finance reports, filed with the Federal Election Commission, show Ryan, of Niles, D-13th, raised $62,579.34 and spent $88,991.86 in this year’s first quarter.
Of the money raised, 95.5 percent, $59,750, came from political-action committees, including those that represent organized labor, and major companies including General Electric and Honeywell International. The rest came from individual donors.
Among his campaign’s major expenses were: $6,500 to Fraioli & Associates of Washington, D.C., his longtime fundraising consulting firm; $5,000 to his brother, Allen L. Ryan, who has received a “management consulting fee” for years; $5,000 to the Ohio Democratic Party; and $4,000 to DKC, a New York City communications and government-affairs consulting firm.
He had “meal” expenses ranging from $3.18 for Dunkin’ Donuts in Warren to $2,552.84 for Filomena Ristorante in Washington, D.C.
Because of money in the campaign account from before Jan. 1, Ryan had $99,038.59 in the fund as of March 31.
Ryan’s district includes most of Mahoning and Trumbull counties.
U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson of Marietta, R-6th, raised $182,362.28 and spent $73,727.16 during the first three months of the year. He had $131,129.15 in the account as of March 31.
Of the amount Johnson raised, 45.8 percent, $83,500, came from PACs, with a majority coming from individual donors.
A lot of Johnson’s PAC money came from coal and other energy companies. Other contributors include Nationwide Mutual Insurance, the National Association of Broadcasters, the American Bankers Association, Proctor & Gamble, and the American Physical Therapy Association.
Among Johnson’s biggest expenses were $18,174.62 to Epiphany Productions, an Alexandria, Va., fundraising consulting business, and $16,352.70 to Communications Counsel Inc., the campaign’s media consultant based in Columbus that is on a $5,000 monthly retainer with the rest of the money for travel expenses and to handle the campaign’s social media.
Johnson’s district includes all of Columbiana County and the southern portion of Mahoning County.
Neither Johnson nor Ryan has opponents at this time.
But freshman Rep. David Joyce of Russell, R-14th, does.
Michael Wager, an attorney from Beachwood, is raising money to be the 2014 Democratic nominee from the district that includes northern Trumbull County.
Campaign-finance reports show Joyce raised $243,028.45 and spent $60,105.59 in the first quarter of the year. Including $280,451.03 he already had in his campaign before Jan. 1, Joyce had $463,373.89 in his account as of March 31.
Wager raised $131,107.43 and spent $54,303.98 in the first three months of the year. He had a carryover of $97,499.84 from last year and as of March 31, had $174,303.29 in his campaign account.