Democrat Jennifer Garrison raised $155,210.78 in first three months of her congressional campaign

By David Skolnick


Democrat Jennifer Garrison, who is challenging incumbent Republican Bill Johnson in next year’s 6th Congressional District race, is touting how well she did in her first three months of raising money for this campaign.

“Washington is broken, and these numbers reflect voters’ frustration with the gridlock in Congress and confirms the appetite for change here in the 6th District,” Garrison, of Marietta, said in a prepared statement.

But the $155,210.78 raised by Garrison between July and September is less than half the amount raised by Johnson during the same time period.

Of the money raised by Garrison, who declared her candidacy July 11, $21,349.78 came from her; about 14 percent of her total contributions. She also received $72,670 from political action committees, 47 percent of her total amount raised.

Garrison spent $55,035.13 in the year’s third quarter leaving her with $100,175.65 as of Sept. 30.

Charles Hale, her campaign manager, said in a prepared statement, “We still reached our goals and really exceeded our expectations.”

Hale pointed out that in Johnson’s first quarterly campaign filing for the seat in April 2010, he had “around $50,000 on hand” — $55,064.46 to be exact. Johnson, who beat a sitting incumbent Democrat for the 6th District seat in November 2010, raised $129,085.94 in the first three months of that year.

While Garrison raised $155,210.78 between July and September of this year, Johnson raised $342,039.37 during the same time period. Of that amount, $4,423.73 came from Johnson. He received $179,250 from PACs. That’s 52 percent of the total amount he raised in the 3rd quarter.

Johnson had $314,610.28 in his campaign fund before July 1, and spent $129,413.21 between July and September. As of Sept. 30, he had $528,236.44 in his fund.

Even though Johnson is a two-term House member in a Republican district, the Rothenberg Political Report, a well-respected Washington, D.C., congressional handicapping website, recently moved the 6th District race from “favored Republican” to “lean Republican.”

The 6th District includes all of Columbiana County and eight southern and central-western townships in Mahoning County.

In the 13th Congressional District, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, a Democrat from Niles serving his sixth term, raised $73,343.42 and spent $66,239.98 between July and September.

Ryan had $110,411.83 in his fund from before July leaving him with $117,515.27 as of Sept. 30.

Of the money he raised in the last quarter, $60,600, 83 percent, came from PACs.

The 13th District is one of the most Democratic in the state, and includes most of Mahoning and Trumbull counties.

In the 14th District, U.S. Rep. David Joyce, a Republican from Russell serving his first term, raised $342,802.97 and spent $87,541.54 in the third quarter. Of the amount he raised, $125,750, 37 percent, came from PACs.

With the amount he carried over from before July, Joyce had $1,041,587.67 in his campaign fund as of Sept. 30.

Michael Wager, an attorney from Beachwood seeking the Democratic nomination in the 14th, raised $186,109.14 and spent $63,551.83 between July and September. He received $10,350 from PACs, about 6 percent of the money he raised in those three months.

Including money he had in his campaign fund before July, Wager had $327,358.08 in his fund as of Sept. 30.

The 14th includes 11 northern townships in Trumbull County.

Like in the 6th, Rothenberg recently moved this race from “favored Republican” to “lean Republican.”

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