Rep. Bill Johnson raised $1.71 million for his successful re-election campaign to Congress

By David Skolnick


U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-6th, raised $1.71 million during his successful re-election bid and headed into this year with $685,083 in his campaign fund.

Johnson of Marietta won a fourth two-year term last November garnering 70.7 percent of the vote to defeat Belpre Mayor Michael Lorentz, a Democrat who raised only $11,888 in campaign funds.

Johnson spent $1.55 million on that campaign.

Including money Johnson carried over from previous years, he had $685,083 in his campaign fund as of Dec. 31, according to a report he filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Johnson’s most recent campaign finance report only takes in the time between Nov. 29 and Dec. 31. Johnson raised $8,195 during that month-plus, but spent $91,161.

Among Johnson’s biggest expenses were $23,008 to Communications Counsel Inc. of Columbus for media consulting and production, and $20,896 to 814 Consulting LLC of Alexandria, Va., for campaign fundraising consulting services.

The 18-county 6th District includes all of Columbiana County and the southern portion of Mahoning County. It is considered a safe Republican seat.

In the 13th District, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, a Howland Democrat, raised $1.03 million in winning his eighth two-year term in November.

But Ryan, who received 67.7 percent of the vote in November, spent $1.25 million during that campaign.

It’s only because of money he carried over from previous years that Ryan ended 2016 with a $167,182 surplus in his campaign fund.

Ryan’s most recent campaign report shows he raised $22,641 and spent $58,177 between Nov. 29 and Dec. 31.

He received $5,000 contributions from the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers of Washington, D.C., and from the Ford Motor Company Civic Action Fund of Detroit.

Among Ryan’s biggest expenses were $4,250 to Fraioli & Associates of Washington, D.C., for fundraising consulting fees, $3,500 to Veracity Media of Washington, D.C., for media strategy consulting, and $6,000 to Shout!, a band from Solon to provide music for an event in November.

Richard A. Morckel of Akron, Ryan’s Republican challenger in November, didn’t submit a campaign finance report to the FEC. Candidates who raise less than $5,000 aren’t required to file with the commission.

The five-county 13th District includes most of Mahoning and Trumbull counties. It is considered a safe Democratic seat.

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