LIMA — From private jets to campaign posters, the latest quarterly campaign finance reports released Sunday reveal major funding differences between incumbents and their challengers when comparing regional congressional races.
Unsurprisingly, in both conservative districts, Republican candidates are out-raising their political opponents. Both incumbents of Ohio’s 4th and 5th Congressional Districts, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, and Rep. Bob Latta, R-Bowling Green, respectively, each have significant war chests over $1 million while their Democratic challengers, Janet Garrett and Michael Galbraith, are competing with fractions of their budgets.
Those numbers are reflected in the 2018 election cycle’s total receipts and disbursements. Since January 2017, Jordan has spent $331,740 and raised $441,525. In comparison, Garret’s latest campaign filing from April shows her campaign has spent $34,471 and raised $57,509.
The contest for the Ohio’s 5th Congressional District is even more mismatched. First-time challenger Michael Galbraith has spent $89,910 and raised $108,187. Those amounts are dwarfed by Latta’s $739,185 in expenditures and $1.2 million in receipts.
The divide between the two is well-represented by the types of expenditures on their budget sheets. While Galbraith is spending hundreds of dollars on digital ads, T-shirts and designs, Latta, in the last quarter alone, dropped over $55,000 on fundraising consulting, more than $40,000 on mailers and $5,000 to a private jet charter business.
The source of income for Ohio’s 5th Congressional District campaigns also differs. Galbraith has pulled in the majority of his campaign’s receipts from in-state individual contributions giving less than $1,000. Further investigation shows that Galbraith is making use of ActBlue, an online fundraising tool available to liberal candidates, to raise roughly a quarter of all funds.
Latta, however, has pull in the majority of his campaign’s receipts from larger donors and from political action committees.
Of the $1.2 million that Latta has raised for the 2018 election cycle, almost 74 percent came from organizations or political action committees. And of the remaining itemized individual transactions, 55 percent were donations over $1,000.
Jordan and Garrett are somewhat similar in the percentages of individual contribution amounts. Jordan, who has raised roughly a third of Latta’s total, received $232,570 from individual contributors, or just over half of total receipts. Garrett’s latest pre-primary numbers show a similar breakdown in percentage.
Those individuals who contribute to Jordan’s campaign, however, tend to give more. Jordan received a total of $174,750 from those donating more than $1,000 to his campaign.
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