Ohio governor raises $2M in campaign cash

Ohio Gov. John Kasich delivers his State of the State address at the Performing Arts Center, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, in Medina, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Ohio Gov. John Kasich delivers his State of the State address at the Performing Arts Center, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, in Medina, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio Gov. John Kasich raised about four times as much campaign cash as his Democratic opponent in roughly the same time span, according to campaign finance reports filed Tuesday.

The governor also received about $250,000 in in-kind contributions from the state Republican Party. Kasich’s reports included contributions from June 9 to July 31.

His Democratic challenger Ed FitzGerald raised more than $533,000, with over $11,000 in in-kind contributions. The Cuyahoga County executive’s numbers were boosted by a $40,000 donation made Tuesday by the Ohio Democratic Party. FitzGerald reported contributions from June 14 through Tuesday.

Candidates running for statewide offices were required to disclose their July fundraising totals but could report contributions before and shortly after the month. They did not have to disclose expenditures, so it won’t be fully known how much money they have in the bank until Oct. 23, just before the fall election.

Campaign finance reports filed in June showed that Kasich has amassed a significant fundraising lead over FitzGerald. The governor had $9.3 million in the bank, compared with FitzGerald’s $1.9 million.

Republicans occupy all statewide offices in Ohio and have held a fundraising advantage in terms of cash on hand to spend on their campaigns. But several Democratic challengers had strong showings Tuesday against their opponents, including Cincinnati attorney David Pepper.

Reports show Pepper raised more than $356,000 and close to $26,000 in in-kind donations. Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine collected more than $301,000 and got the bulk of his $148,000 in in-kind donations from the state GOP.

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