Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson enjoys a financial lead over his Democratic opponent

By David Skolnick


Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, who will face Democrat Jennifer Garrison in the November election for the 6th Congressional District seat, expanded his financial lead over her during the final three months of last year.

Johnson raised $183,566.18, while Garrison received $102,031.67 between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, according to their latest finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Overall, Johnson, of Marietta, running for his third term, has raised $985,697 toward his re-election campaign compared with $257,242.45 for Garrison, who declared her candidacy July 11, and started her fundraising that month.

As of Dec. 31, Johnson had $650,942.37 and Garrison had $134,298.26 in their campaign funds.

Of the money Johnson raised during the last quarter of 2013, $107,460 of it came from political action committees from those representing bankers, cable television, health-care products, utility companies, the auto industry and Wal-Mart. That’s 59 percent of the money he raised in the fourth quarter.

Garrison, of Marietta, received $61,588.57 — 60 percent of the money she raised — in the fourth quarter from PACs representing bricklayers and craftworkers, teachers, machinists, and $5,000 from the Ohio Democratic Party.

Garrison spent $3,374.31 of her own money in the final quarter of 2013 for travel expenses and tickets to county Democratic fundraisers in the 6th District. She loaned $21,000 to her campaign in July 2013.

Both raised less money in last year’s fourth quarter than they did in the third quarter, between July and September 2013. In the third quarter, Johnson raised $342,039.37 and Garrison $155,210.78.

The 18-county district includes all of Columbiana and eight townships in Mahoning.

In the 13th District, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, a Democrat from Howland seeking his seventh term in Congress this year, had a strong fourth quarter raising $252,530 with $104,650 from PACs.

Ryan has raised $476,022.76 toward his re-election effort, and had $278,893.78 in his campaign fund as of Dec. 31.

John Stephen Luchansky of Boardman, who filed to challenge Ryan in the Democratic primary, did not submit a campaign finance report to the FEC.

The 13th includes most of Mahoning and Trumbull counties as well as portions of Portage, Summit and Stark counties.

In the 14th District, freshman U.S. Rep. David Joyce, a Republican from Russell, raised $206,162.29 in the fourth quarter and finished 2013 with $1,141,353.84 in his campaign fund.

Michael Wager, an attorney from Beachwood running as a Democrat, raised $100,440 in the fourth quarter and ended last year with $347,645.81 in his campaign fund.

Both have filed for the May primary. Wednesday is the filing deadline for the primary. At least two Republicans have taken out petitions to challenge Joyce, according to The Plain Dealer.

The 14th includes 11 northern townships in Trumbull County.

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