The committee campaigning for passage of Columbus City Schools' bond issue and levy package on the Nov. 4 ballot, Issue 75, raised more than $380,000 for the effort so far, according to a pre-election campaign finance report filed last week.

The committee campaigning for passage of Columbus City Schools' bond issue and levy package on the Nov. 4 ballot, Issue 75, raised more than $380,000 for the effort so far, according to a pre-election campaign finance report filed last week.

The report, turned into the Franklin County Board of Elections last Thursday, showed Citizens for Strong Schools had about $171,000 on hand and had spent about $245,000.

The amount brought forward from the last report was about $36,000.

Among the campaign's largest expenses was about $116,760 spent with Triumph Communications for TV and radio spots, and about $79,970 spent with Pierce Communications for consulting, fundraising and polling, among others services.

The committee paid $41,250 to Jonathan Varner & Associates for mailing and $6,500 to the Franklin County Democratic Party for sample ballots and printing.

The majority of people who donated to the campaign gave $100 or less. There were, however, several notable donations that exceeded the norm.

The two largest donors were American Electric Power and Smoot Elford Resource Management, both of which gave $50,000.

Other top donors were Huntington National Bank, which gave $35,000 and Turnaround Ohio, a political action committee made up of Ohio schools' employees and state employees, which gave $25,000.

Othelda A. Spencer and Buckeye Project, a political action committee, each donated $15,000.

Businesses that donated $10,000 to the campaign included National City Bank, Grange Insurance Companies, Rich Crites Dittmer, Continental Office Environments and Accurate Electric, of Reynoldsburg.

The Columbus Education Association gave $7,000, while its 1 Mill Club gave $10,000.

Other significant donations included $7,500 from AT&T Ohio, $7,000 from M/I Homes and $5,000 from Ohio Health, the Crane Group Co., Butler Wick & Co. and from the design firm Moody Nolan.

Law firm Scott Scriven & Wahoff gave $4,000 and law firm Kegler Brown Hill Ritter gave $3,500.

Several $2,500 donations were made by: Dynamix Engineering, the law firm Dinsmore & Shohl, and Aggressive Mechanical and Robert Weiler.

David R. Meuse gave $2,000 and Feinknopf Macioce Schappa Architects donated $1,500.

Businesses and individuals donating $1,000 were Susan D. Fossmeyer, Robert Jeffrey, Thomas Hoaglin, The Jeffrey Co. and the law firm Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease.

Some of the notable individuals who donated $500 to the campaign were Superintendent Gene Harris and Carole Olshavsky, the school district's senior executive for capital improvements.

Michael Fulwider, director of media relations and communications, and Pete Maneff, district executive director of curriculum, each gave $250.

Columbus Board of Education member Betty Drummond and Robyn Essman, district budget director, gave $200.

District chief operating officer Larry Hoskins and Deputy Superintendent Marvenia Bosley each gave $100.

dcross@thisweeknews.com