Pre-election campaign finance reports filed in the Ohio House of Representatives 86th District race show a significant difference in fundraising between challenger Dan Fogt and incumbent Dorothy Pelanda as they prepare to face off in the May 6 Republican primary.
Candidates' pre-election reports were due Thursday, April 24, and include contributions and expenditures through April 16.
Reports show Pelanda raised $44,832.52 more than Fogt, much of which came from major GOP contributors and political action committees.
The Committee to Elect Dan Fogt reported the campaign started with $3,836.48 and received $5,053 in contributions.
Expenditures were listed at $7,044.49 in the report, which was filed April 18. Fogt's report shows a balance on hand of $1,844.99.
The Pelanda for State Representative committee reported $23,983.78 brought forward and $49,885.52 in contributions. The report listed expenditures of $45,288.47, leaving a balance on hand of $28,580.83.
Pelanda's campaign also reported an outstanding loan of $3,500 to Pelanda from January 2012.
Fogt's largest donations were: $1,000 from Sandra Humphrey, a Marysville retiree; $500 from John F. Gore Jr., who works for the city of Marysville; $300 from Jeffrey Hatfield, a self-employed physician from Marysville; and $200 from Meg Michael, a self-employed Realtor from Marysville.
Fogt also listed an in-kind contribution of $68.90 from Paula Litton for invitations, coffee and lemonade for an April 6 meet-and-greet event.
His largest expenses were: $2,221.37 paid to Creative Imprints for business cards, postcards and signs; $1,406 paid to Fogt for reimbursement for radio spots; and $1,200.74 for signs and stakes and $717.89 for T-shirts and yard signs -- each to Creative Imprints. The committee also made two payments to Fogt of $375.29 and $205.09 for plywood for large signs.
Pelanda's largest contributor to date is Ginni Ragan of Westerville, a major contributor to Ohio House races, who gave $10,000 Jan. 27 and $2,155.52 April 4. A $5,000 contribution was made by William Lager, who is employed at Altair Learning Management, which founded the online public charter school known as ECOT.
The Realtors PAC gave $3,000 April 11. The Ohio Health Care Association Political Action Committee donated $2,500 April 2 and $1,000 Jan. 3. The Ohio Nurses Association donated $2,000 Jan. 24. The Ohio Society of CPAs PAC gave $1,500 Feb. 28.
The Beer & Wine PAC gave $1,000 twice -- once each in January and March. Others that gave $1,000 include: American Electric Power Committee for Responsible Government, Cardinal Health Inc. PAC, CSX Corp. Good Government Fund, FirstEnergy, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. PAC-OH and Penn National Gaming PAC.
The largest expenditures reported by Pelanda's campaign were: $17,500 and $15,000 contributions to OHROC (the Ohio House Republican Organizational Committee), both in January; $2,019.60 to the Marysville Journal-Tribune in March for advertising and $513.75 for a festival booth rental in April; $1,843.69 to PSC Marketing Group for yard signs; $1,472.72 to ACE Computer Services for website design and support; and $1,400 to Clear Channel for media buys.
Two more media buys from Clear Channel cost $270 and $150.
Pelanda's committee paid $855.21 and $691.23 to Graphics to Go for yard signs. It paid $666.25, $257.50 and $255 to Winterset CPA Group Inc. for consulting.
In-kind contributions reported by Pelanda include $2,192 in printing from the Ohio Republican Party and $1,015 from the Ohio House Republican Campaign Committee.