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Rep. Bill Johnson raised more than $350,000 during the third quarter


Published: Sun, October 22, 2017 @ 12:00 a.m.

By David Skolnick

skolnick@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, who is without an opponent so far in the 2018 election, had a solid third quarter in which he raised $352,534 and had more than $1.2 million in his campaign account as of Sept. 30.

It’s the second-straight quarter for Johnson, of Marietta, R-6th, in which his campaign collected more than $300,000. He received $337,262 in the second quarter, between April and June.

Among incumbent U.S. House members in Ohio, Johnson is second only to U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers of Columbus, R-15th, in terms of the amount of money raised in the third quarter, between July and September. Stivers raised $470,695.

Johnson, who will seek his fifth two-year term in Congress next year, spent $149,236 in the third quarter, according to his latest Federal Election Commission campaign-finance report.

As of Sept. 30, Johnson had $1,218,176 in his campaign fund.

His major contributors in the third quarter were Murray Energy PAC of Shaker Heights with $10,000, and FirstEnergy Corp. PAC of Akron with $7,500. Johnson sits on the Energy and Commerce Committee.

His biggest expenditure during the last quarter was repaying a $30,000 loan he gave to his campaign. Johnson loaned the money June 30, the last day of the second-quarter filing period, and had it paid back July 6, a week later.

Johnson’s other major expenditures were $26,572 to 814 Consulting LLC, an Alexandria, Va., campaign fundraising consulting firm; and $24,749 to Communications Counsel Inc. of Columbus for campaign media consulting.

Johnson’s 18-county district includes all of Columbiana, the most-populous county in the 6th District, and eight townships in southern Mahoning.

Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Howland, D-13th, raised $141,102 and spent $205,545 in the third quarter.

He had $327,320 in his campaign fund as of Sept. 30.

The National Republican Congressional Committee, the GOP House’s main campaign and fundraising group, listed Ryan’s district among 36 held by Democrats as targets earlier this year. While Republicans are lining up a challenger, none has come forward to date. The filing deadline for the 2018 election is Feb. 7.

Between July and September, Ryan’s major contributor was the Credit Union Legislative Action Council, the federal PAC of the Credit Union National Association in Washington, D.C. The council gave Ryan $9,000 during the last quarter.

His major expenditures during the third quarter were $20,900 to Veracity LLC of Washington, D.C., an online strategy consulting firm; and $17,602 to the Lake Club of Poland to cater a fundraising event.

Ryan is seeking his ninth two-year term in Congress next year.

The five-county 13th District includes most of Mahoning and Trumbull counties.


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