Democrat John Carney out-raised his Republican opponent by more than $100,000 in the race for the 22nd Ohio House district.

Democrat John Carney out-raised his Republican opponent by more than $100,000 in the race for the 22nd Ohio House district.

Pre-election campaign finance reports, reflecting the period between April 5 and Oct. 15, showed that Carney had a total of $252,293 to Mike Keenan's $137,370. That means Carney had $390,553 to spend in the general election, compared to Keenan's $193,650, according to the reports filed last week with the Ohio Secretary of State's Office.

As of the deadline, Carney also had more cash in reserves. The healthcare attorney, who lives in Clintonville, had $51,479 left to spend while Keenan, a Dublin City councilman, had $30,501 on hand for Tuesday's election.

The Ohio Republican State and Central Executive Committee helped give Keenan an advantage with in-kind contributions, where he received $65,743 to Carney's $17,079.

Both candidates agreed the amount of money spent in the campaign is astonishing but don't see any reasonable way to stop it.

Carney said he believes it discourages the average person from running for office but said all candidates need money to be competitive. Two years ago, Carney was outspent by incumbent Republican Jim Hughes 4-1. Hughes can't seek re-election because of term limits.

"I think you need to be at least in the ballpark of your opponent," Carney said. "It's an unbelievable amount of money being spent on these races."

Keenan agreed. "The amount of money it takes to run one of these campaigns is stunning," he said. "I had no idea it would take this much money to run this house race. This is a two-year seat, for heaven's sake."

Carney's biggest contributions -- seven totaling $10,000 or more -- came from organized labor. For example, the Ohio Education Association gave $10,000 to Carney's general election efforts. The OEA and the Service Employees Industry Union, another big contributor to Carney's campaign, both spent money attacking Keenan for publicly subsidized arts projects in Dublin. Keenan had disputed the information in those ads as misleading and in some cases wrong.

Keenan's single largest contribution, $10,000, came from the Ohio House Republican Campaign Committee. The group launched attack ads against Carney for representing two doctors, one who exposed himself to a patient and another who sexually assaulted his patients. Carney criticized the ads as deceptive. Keenan, who owns an insurance company, also got significant contributions from various industry political action committees; the Realtors PAC of Ohio gave $5,000, for example.