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Spending heats up in congressional races

By DAVID SKOLNICK

Staff writer

Christina Hagan, the Republican nominee in the 13th Congressional District, has raised almost half and spent less than a quarter of what the incumbent, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, has during the campaign.

Hagan of Marlboro Township had more money in her campaign fund than Ryan, D-Howland, as of Sept. 30 — $401,672.68 compared to $375,639.10, according to the latest filings with the Federal Election Commission. That includes money carried over from previous campaigns as well as what’s been raised and spent for this race.

During the campaign, Ryan raised $1,468,645 compared to $710,941.84 for Hagan, and Ryan spent $1,281,430 compared to $310,152.67 for Hagan.

Most of Hagan’s contributions and expenses came during the third quarter, between July and September. She raised $482,994.31 and spent $211,511.77.

It was a strong third quarter for Hagan, who raised more money than Ryan did in any other quarter during his nearly 18 years in Congress except the most recent one.

Ryan raised $586,146 and spent $604,115 in the third quarter.

Between July and September, Ryan received $353,645 in contributions from individuals and $232,501 from political action committees, including 14 who have him the $5,000 maximum amount.

Hagan raised $441,876.31 from individuals and $41,118 from PACs.

PACs that gave Hagan the maximum $5,000 contribution were those run by U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, a Cincinnati-area Republican; ex-Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, and FNB Corp. Also, a PAC run by U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, gave $2,800.

Ryan’s biggest expense was $251,302 to CounterPoint Messaging LLC of Nashville, Tenn., to produce commercials and buy time on television and social media.

Ryan’s payment to CounterPoint alone was more than Hagan spent in the entire third quarter.

Hagan’s biggest expenses were $45,000 to Strategic Media Placement of Delaware, Ohio, for media advertising; $42,839.87 to Stoneridge Group of Alpharetta, Ga., for media advertising, digital ads, a website, campaign mail and door hangers; and $28,227.23 to Red Victory Strategies of Wilmington, Del., for fundraising consulting and the production of campaign mail materials.

Also, the Ohio Freedom Fund, an outside special interest group, had spent $150,000 as of Sept. 30 on commercials criticizing Ryan and supporting Hagan.

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

6TH DISTRICT

U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, raised $329,851.11 in the third quarter with $170,610.31 from individuals, $142,000 from PACs, $17,240.42 transferred from the Problem Solver Patriots committee of Athens, Ga., and 38 cents on other receipts.

PACs providing $5,000 maximum contributions during the third quarter include the American Podiatric Association, Marathon Oil employees and Memorial Health System.

Johnson spent $440,903.68 during the third quarter with his biggest expenses being $200,000 to Communications Counsel of Columbus to purchase advertising and media consulting and a $100,000 contribution to the National Republican Congressional Committee.

For the overall campaign, Johnson raised $1,740,755.45 and spent $1,688,157.86.

Including money he carried over from previous campaigns, Johnson, a five-term incumbent, had $998,228.91 in his fund as of Sept. 30.

Johnson again faces Democrat Shawna Roberts of Belmont in the general election. He beat Roberts 69.3 percent to 30.7 percent in 2018.

Roberts has failed to file a campaign finance report with the FEC this year and has received letters from the commission asking why she hasn’t submitted financial information for the first and second quarters.

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

14TH DISTRICT

U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce, R-Bainbridge, has raised more than five times as much as his Democratic challenger, Hillary O’Connor Mueri of Painesville, and has spent almost four times as much as her during this campaign.

Between July and September, Joyce raised $506,798.18 and spent $612,581.73 compared to $154,807.41 and $223,861.32, respectively, for Mueri.

During the campaign, Joyce, a four-term incumbent, has collected $2,769,339.61 in contributions and spent $1,690,485.72. Mueri, running for elected office for the first time, raised $509,540.56 and spent $425,646.61 overall in this campaign.

As of Sept. 30, Joyce had $1,336,033.42 in his campaign fund compared to $88,522.22 for Mueri.

In the third quarter, Joyce raised $300,541.70 from individuals, $191,750 from PACs, $14,504.29 was transferred from Problem Solver Patriots and $2.19 in other receipts.

Among the seven PACs giving him the $5,000 maximum in the third quarter were Home Depot, Parker Hannifin, Comcast and one run by Huckabee.

His major expense in the third quarter was $374,699.54 to FP1 Strategies of Arlington, Va., for advertising purchases, communications consulting and video production.

Joyce’s campaign also gave $27,250 to the Ohio Republican Party.

In the third quarter, Mueri raised $142,257.41 from individuals and $12,550 from PACs. The only PAC to give a $5,000 maximum donation to her was Emily’s List, which supports pro-choice Democrats.

Her biggest expense in the third quarter was $100,000 to Ethica of Garden City, N.Y., for advertising.

Both campaigns paid for polls of the race.

Mueri spent $28,000 for Global Strategy Group of Washington, D.C., for her poll while Joyce paid $27,250 to the Tarrance Group of Alexandria, Va., for his.

The seven-county 14th District includes communities in northern Trumbull County.

dskolnick@tribtoday.com

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