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Ryan’s campaign struggles to raise money

WARREN — The financial news for U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan on the congressional front isn’t any better than it is for his presidential campaign.

Ryan, D-Howland, reported raising $42,883.03 during the third quarter — the lowest amount of any incumbent member of Congress in Ohio.

It’s one of the lowest fundraising quarters his congressional campaign has had since he first ran for the position in 2002. Also, it comes after he raised just $30,255.83 during the prior quarter, between April and June.

Ryan, a nine-term congressman, spent $41,167.40 during the third quarter, which is July to September.

With money he carried over from previous quarters, Ryan had $41,049.54 in his fund as of Sept. 30.

In comparison, U.S. Reps. Dave Joyce, R-Bainbridge Township, and Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, raised $222,243.35 and $184,344.64, respectively, during the third quarter. Both have more than $1 million in their campaign funds as of Sept. 30.

TIM RYAN

Ryan’s struggles to raise money for his congressional campaign come as he reported raising $425,731.01 during the third quarter for his presidential bid. It’s the 17th lowest amount for any of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate — essentially last.

During the last quarter, Ryan raised $37,500 from political action committees and the rest from individuals for his congressional campaign.

He received $5,000 contributions from PACs associated with the United Auto Workers; the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers; General Electric and FirstEnergy.

Among Ryan’s largest expenses were $5,675 to Fraioli & Associates of Washington, D.C., his campaign’s longtime fundraising consultant; and $5,309.65 to Winpisinger & Associates Inc. of Gaitherburg, Md., for “compliance consulting.”

Ryan continues to pay $778.35 a month to General Motors Financial Leasing for a leased car.

Ryan’s five-county 13th District includes most of Mahoning and Trumbull counties.

There are three announced Republicans seeking to challenge Ryan next year. They include Duane Hennen of Warren, who filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission June 18, but reported raising no money as of Sept. 30. Candidates have to file reports once they raise or spend $5,000.

The two others — Robert Santos of Austintown and Lou Lyras of Campbell — haven’t yet filed statements of candidacy.

DAVE JOYCE

Joyce in the 14th District raised $222,243.35 and spent $132,454.45 in the third quarter.

Joyce reported raising $564,226.41 during the third quarter, but $341,983.06 came from Scott Coleman of Cleveland, his former campaign treasurer, as a “repayment of misappropriated funds and legal/audit fees,” according to Joyce’s FEC report.

Coleman was sentenced Oct. 3 to 30 days in jail after being convicted of grand theft for embezzling money from Joyce’s campaign.

With money carried over from previous quarters, Joyce had $1,059,060.96 in his fund as of Sept. 30.

Joyce, a four-term incumbent, received $138,380 from PACs and the rest from individuals. Among his individual donors was Bruce Zoldan, CEO of Phantom Fireworks in Youngstown, who gave $2,800.

He received $5,000 contributions from PACs associated with Comcast Corp.; International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers; and the National Rural Water Association.

Among his major expenses was $30,000 to FP1 Strategies for communications consulting; $15,879.13 to 814 Consulting of Alexandria, Va., for fundraising consulting; and $16,500 to NK Baur & Associates of Dublin, Ohio, for fundraising consulting and compliance assistance.

Joyce’s seven-county district includes 11 northern townships in Trumbull County.

Hillary O’Connor Mueri, a lawyer from Painesville, filed a statement of candidacy with the FEC last Friday to run as a Democrat in the 14th District.

BILL JOHNSON

In the 6th District, Johnson raised $184,344.64 and spent $88,908.47 in the third quarter.

Johnson, a five-term incumbent, reported $1,276,265.22 in his campaign fund as of Sept. 30.

He raised $106,600 from PACs and the rest from individuals.

Sam Covelli, owner/operator of Covelli Enterprises in Warren; Anthony M. Cafaro Sr., the retired chairman of the Cafaro Co. in Niles;, and Phyllis C. Cafaro, Anthony Sr.’s wife, each gave $2,800 to Johnson.

He received $5,000 contributions from PACs associated with the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters, Memorial Health and the National Automobile Dealers Association.

Johnson’s largest expense, $36,481.44, was to 814 Consulting of Alexandria, Va., for fundraising consulting.

Johnson’s 18-county 6th District includes the southern portion of Mahoning and all of Columbiana.

Shawna Roberts of Belmont, who lost to Johnson last year, filed a statement of candidacy April 5 for the 2020 election. She raised $61.54 and spent $34.44 in the third quarter, leaving her with $27.10 as of Sept. 30.

dskolnick@tribtoday.com