Ryan has 3-1 lead over Hagan in fundraising

YOUNGSTOWN — Not known as a prolific fundraiser during his nine terms in Congress, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan had an impressive second quarter — raising about three times more than his Republican opponent and more than any House candidate representing the Mahoning Valley.

U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, received $190,417.77 in contributions for the second quarter in his re-election bid to the 6th District. Shawna Roberts of Belmont, his Democratic challenger, failed to file a campaign finance report for the first and second quarters.

U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce, R-Bainbridge Township, raised $228,711.50 between April and June compared to $140,002.79 for Hillary O’Connor Mueri of Painesville, his Democratic opponent in the 14th Congressional District race.


Ryan, D-Howland, continued an economic resurgence in the second quarter.

He raised $306,010.53 between April and June with $215,779.92 from individuals, $89,710.61 from political action committees and $520 from offsets to operating expenses such as refunds and rebates.

This came after Ryan raised $276,409.43 during the first quarter.

In comparison, Christina M. Hagan of Marlboro Township, his Republican challenger, raised $106,846.25 during the second quarter — with $100,846.25 from individuals and $6,000 from PACs — after collecting $120,851.28 during the first quarter.

Ryan had $393,607.84 in his campaign fund as of June 30 compared to $130,190.14 for Hagan.

“This has been one of his best fundraising efforts in his congressional career,” said Kimberly Padilla, Ryan’s campaign fundraiser. “He is already on the way toward another robust report for next quarter.”

Among those who gave Ryan maximum individual contributions of $2,800 were Denise DeBartolo York of Canfield, chairman and owner of the DeBartolo Corp.; her son, Jed York of Santa Clara, Calif., CEO of the San Francisco 49ers; Chris Hughes of New York City, a Facebook co-founder; and Monte Friedkin of Boca Raton, Fla., a former Mahoning Valley native who once served as finance chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Also, John C. York of Canfield, DeBartolo Corp.’s president, gave $5,600 to Ryan’s campaign – $2,800 for the primary and the same for the general election.

Ryan received $5,000 contributions from several PACs, including one affiliated with U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, the International Association of Firefighters, American Federation of Teachers and Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co.

Ryan spent $105,662.53 during the second quarter with some of his largest expenses being $19,000 to Michael J. Morley of New York City for campaign consulting, $13,500 to Balodis Group LLC of West Lake for fundraising consulting, $9,071.25 to A&G LLC of Ann Arbor, Mich., for digital services and $9,000 to Padilla’s Medina firm for fundraising consulting.

Among those giving Hagan maximum contributions of $2,800 were John P. Hagan of Alliance, her father and a former state representative; Tina M. Hagan of Alliance, her mother; and Michael Gibbons of Fairview Park, who unsuccessfully ran for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in 2018.

Her PAC money was $5,000 from one affiliated with U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Glens Falls, N.Y., and $1,000 from U.S. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, R-Rocky River, who beat her in the 2018 GOP primary for the 16th Congressional District seat.

Hagan’s campaign spent $29,584.72 in the second quarter with her biggest expenses being $10,140.01 to Logan Circle Group of Huntington Station, N.Y., for direct mail production and website services, and $6,000 to to Bryan Bixler of Akron for fundraising consulting.

Also, the Ohio Freedom Fund, an outside special interest group, reported spending $22,500 on media advertisements during the final days leading to the April 28 primary to help Hagan and criticize Louis G. Lyras of Campbell, one of her Republican primary opponents.

The fund reported spending $97,500 during the primary to assist Hagan and run ads against Lyras.

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


Johnson raised $190,417.77 during the second quarter with $91,500 coming from PACs, $76,289.11 from individuals, $22,628.29 transferred from other committees and 37 cents in other receipts.

J.J. Cafaro of Brookfield gave Johnson’s campaign a $2,800 maximum contribution.

PACs providing $5,000 donations to Johnson include the Aluminum Association, the National Association of Letter Carriers and U.S. Sen. Rob Portman’s PAC.

Johnson spent $54,756.34 between April and June with his biggest expenses being $11,000 to Red Brick Strategies of Columbus for fundraising consulting and $7,000 to Communications Counsel of Columbus for media consulting.

His campaign also gave a $4,000 contribution to the re-election effort of President Donald Trump.

A five-term incumbent, Johnson had $1,109,281.48 in his account as of June 30.

For the second straight quarter, Roberts, who lost to Johnson in the 2018 general election, failed to file a campaign finance report.

The Federal Election Commission sent her campaign a letter April 30 telling her to file a first-quarter report, which she hasn’t done to date.

The 18-county 6th District includes all of Columbiana County and southern Mahoning County.



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