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Tim Ryan’s presidential campaign spent more than it raised in last quarter

WARREN — U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan’s failed presidential campaign spent seven times more than it brought in during its final financial quarter.

Ryan’s campaign raised only $26,116.52, but spent $184,161.68 between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31.

Ryan, D-Howland, announced Oct. 24, less than a month in to 2019’s fourth quarter, that he was getting out of the race as he struggled to raise money and lagged in the polls. Those problems kept him out of the Sept. 12 and Oct. 15 Democratic presidential candidate debates.

Ryan closed his presidential campaign account with $303.76 in it.

Overall, Ryan’s campaign raised $1,341,246.39 and spent $1,340,942.63. He announced his candidacy April 4, and it lasted about six and a half months.

When he was an active presidential candidate, Ryan raised the second-least amount of money among those seeking the Democratic nomination — and greatly lagged financially behind even those who quit the race a couple of months before he did.

MONEY WOES

Ryan’s final presidential campaign report shows that the problems raising money continued until he pulled the plug on the effort.

During last year’s fourth quarter, which is between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, Ryan received only one maximum $2,800 contribution. It came from Doris Woda, vice president of Woda Construction in Columbus.

He received $750 from Husky PAC, a political action committee for U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, a Connecticut Democrat, and $500 each from the political fundraising committees of Franklin County Commissioners Marilyn Brown and John O’Grady.

The campaign’s last report with the Federal Election Commission showed it gave $32,154.22 to Michael Morley, his campaign manager, for “legal and campaign consulting,” according to the FEC report.

Other major expenses in the last quarter of 2019 were $21,000 to NGP Van Inc. of Pittsburgh for database services; and $13,125 to New Blue Interactive LLC, a Washington, D.C., firm for media strategy services.

Overall, Ryan’s campaign gave $94,204.13 to Morley, $42,000 to NGP and $211,734 to New Blue.

Though he only campaigned for a little more than three weeks in the fourth quarter, Ryan listed 21 hotel stays, including nine in South Carolina — five in Columbia and four in Spartansburg — where the nation’s second presidential primary is on Feb. 29.

Ryan’s report also listed five hotel stays in Manchester, N.H. — the state with the nation’s first presidential primary on Feb. 11 — as well as two stays in Flint, Mich., and one each in Boston, New York City, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

In the fourth quarter, Ryan’s campaign gave $9,579.20 in refunds to donors including $2,800 to Raymond G. Chambers of Morristown, N.J., a philanthropist who serves as the World Health Organization’s ambassador for global strategy, and the same amount to Matthew Collins of Bronxville, N.Y.

RE-ELECTION BID

The presidential campaign also transferred $16,893.75 to Ryan’s congressional campaign — $11,468.75 on Nov. 25, $2,225 on Dec. 6 and $3,200 on Dec. 11.

Ryan, who is seeking re-election to his 10th two-year House term, also has struggled to raise money for his congressional campaign.

He raised $42,883.03 during last year’s third quarter and $30,255.83 during the second quarter. Those are two of the worst quarters for his congressional campaign since he first ran for the position in 2002. Ryan doesn’t have to report his fourth-quarter congressional finances to the FEC until Jan. 31.

Ryan is unopposed for the Democratic nomination to the 13th Congressional District seat. Seven Republicans filed for that party’s primary for the position.

Louis G. Lyras of Campbell, one of the Republican candidates for the seat, had loaned $31,000 to his own campaign as of Sept. 30, 2019.