- Associated Press - Friday, January 29, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Certain candidates and committees filed annual campaign finance reports with Ohio’s secretary of state on Friday. The reports disclose fundraising and spending through Dec. 31, 2015, though filers can report beyond that date.

Here’s a look at what statewide officeholders and legislative campaign committees reported:



Two statewide Republican officeholders positioning for gubernatorial runs used 2015 to sock away significant piles of cash.

Secretary of State Jon Husted has almost $1.2 million on hand, and Attorney General Mike DeWine has close to $1.1 million. Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, another Republican who’s also considering a run, wasn’t required to file a similar report.

GOP Auditor Dave Yost, a potential attorney general candidate, reported having $423,000 in the bank.

Republican Treasurer Josh Mandel raised just $11,000 for his state campaign account. That signals he may have his sights set on another U.S. Senate run, not a different state office.

Republican Gov. John Kasich’s gubernatorial campaign committee is ostensibly dormant as he runs for president. It’s raised about $28,000 since summer.



Since this summer, majority Republicans in the state Senate have raised nearly seven times the campaign cash as their Democratic counterparts.

Finance reports showed the Republican Senate Campaign Committee took in about $1.6 million since their last filing in July. The GOP campaign committee has about $3.3 million on hand to spend headed into the election year.

Senate Democrats reported about $234,000 in contributions, with more than $166,000 on hand. Democrats hold 10 of 33 seats in the chamber.

Republicans maintained a significant money advantage in the Ohio House, where they hold 65 of 99 seats. Their campaign committee raised about $2.3 million and had a balance of nearly $4.4 million.

House Democrats reported raising almost $448,000 since the summer and about $643,000 on hand.



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