State Attorney General Mike DeWine (R) “will enter August with $4.6 million after a $1 million loan from himself to the campaign,” giving him the largest cash-on-hand of the field. (cleveland.com)
Secretary of State Jon Husted (R) “raised more than $2 million between Jan. 12 and July 28, surpassing every other Republican candidate in terms of individual campaign contributions.” He also reported $4.2 million on hand.
Husted “bested … DeWine’s roughly $1.25 million, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor’s (R) roughly $640,000 and” Rep. Jim Renacci’s (R) $575,000.
“Husted’s campaign included several weeks in January while DeWine’s report includes contributions from Feb. 1 through July 31.” (cleveland.com)
Renacci gave $4 million to his campaign and raised another $575,000 from donors, leaving him with $4.3 million on hand. (cleveland.com)
Taylor entered “August with a little more than $436,000 in the bank.” (cleveland.com)
DEMOCRATS. Former state Rep. Connie Pillich’s (D) “gubernatorial campaign announced Monday it has raised more than $500,000 in the last six months. … Pillich … ended July with more than $700,000 on hand. … The money came from more than 1,800 donors between Feb. 1 and July 31.” (cleveland.com)
State Sen. Joe Schiavoni (D) “raised $341,755 between Feb. 2 and July 31. … Schiavoni … had $245,251 cash on hand.” (cleveland.com)
Former Rep. Betty Sutton (D) “raised more than $275,000 between March 7 and July 31.” She reported “$209,680 cash on hand.” (cleveland.com)
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley (D) is limited by state law to transferring $200,000 from her reelection account, which raised $455,131 “between Jan. 30 and July 31. … Whaley isn’t allowed under state law to have a gubernatorial campaign account” until after “Dayton’s mayoral election is held Nov. 7.” (cleveland.com)
THAT’S RICH. The RGA “filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for records related to Director Richard Cordray’s potential violation of the Hatch Act while exploring a run for Ohio governor.” (release)
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