By DENISE GRANT
State Sen. Cliff Hite, R-Findlay, is outspending his two challengers in the Republican primary, but he’s contributing even more to the campaigns of other Ohio Senate candidates.
Hite is opposed by Corey Shankleton, of Kunkle, and Milo Schaffner, of Van Wert, in the May 6 Republican primary in the 1st Senate District.
According to pre-election finance reports filed this week with the office of Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, Hite brought forward $57,081 from previous campaigns, and raised $54,833 in donations and in-kind contributions. He spent $57,585 during the reporting period, leaving a balance of $43,431.
Hite’s biggest expense: a $50,000 donation to the Ohio Republican Senate Campaign Committee,
Columbus, the report shows. The committee supports the campaigns of Republican candidates for the Ohio Senate.
Of Hite’s opponents, Schaffner raised the most money.
Schaffner reported $6,420 in donations, and $2,336 in spending. He has a balance of $4,083.
Shankleton received $2,820 in contributions, and reported $3,189 in expenditures. His campaign has a negative balance of $393.
The reports show campaign spending to date, but don’t reflect campaign bills that are not yet paid.
The biggest single contribution to Hite’s campaign came in the form of an in-kind contribution: $10,000 worth of printing and postage for campaign fliers, provided by King Strategic Communications of Gahanna.
The committee to elect Cliff Hite reported the following donations on its spending report: $5,000 from the Realtors PAC, Columbus; $2,500 donations from Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. PAC, Philip Gardner, and George Whitson, all of Findlay; $2,000 donations from William Lager, and Wholesale Beer & Wine Association of Ohio PAC, both of Columbus.
Donations of $1,000 came from American Electric Power Ohio Committee for Responsible Government, the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association Veterinary PAC, and Ohio Dental Association PAC, all of Columbus; General Motors Co. PAC, Baxter Healthcare Corp. PAC, both of Washington, D.C.; E.I. Du Pont De Nemours Co. Good Government Fund, Wilmington, Del.; Ohio Automobile Dealers Association, Dealer Investment Group, Dublin; Wellpoint PAC, Indianapolis, Ind.; Dominion Resources PAC, Richmond, Va.; Duke Energy Corp. PAC, Charlotte, N.C.; Ohio Certified Public Accountants PAC, Dublin; Leadership Fund, in care of the Toledo Area Chamber of Commerce, Toledo; and Michael Gardner, Findlay.
Hite received $750 donations from Ohio Pest Control Association PAC, Premier Health Care Services PAC, both of Dayton; and EDP Renewables North America, Houston, Texas.
Several groups and individuals made donations of $500 to the campaign, including: Checksmart Financial PAC, Dublin; Ohio Optometry PAC, Worthington; Chesapeake Energy Corp. Fed PAC, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Merck & Co. Employees PAC, Washington, D.C.; Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. PPC, Columbus; and Kris Klepper, Fostoria.
Donations of $350 were received from Ohio Bank PAC, Ohio Insurance Institute PAC, Government Advantage Group, Ohio Merchants Committee, Ohio Coal PAC, Bricker & Eckler LLP State PAC, all of Columbus; Markwest Energy Partners Ohio PAC, Denver, Colo.; Associated General Contractors of Ohio PAC, Columbus; Police & Fire Retirees of Ohio PAC, Reynoldsburg; and Matthew Cox, Avon.
Donations of $335 were made by Ohio Builders Association PAC, Ohio Action Committee for Rural Electrification, Ohio Contractors PAC, Vorys Sater Seymour & Pease Advocates for Effective Government, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Agriculture for Good Government PAC, Ohio Pharmacists Association Pharmacy PAC, all of Columbus.
Donations of $333 were made by Brinah Milstein, Brock Milstein, and Brook Milstein, all of Northfield.
Donations of $250 were received from Daiichi Sankyo PAC, Parsippany, N.J.; DP&L Employees’ Fund for Responsible Citizenship, Dayton; and Michael Peak, Findlay.
Hite received two $167 donations, one from Elisar Scott and another from Samuel Randazzo, both of Findlay.
Donations of $100 were made by Eric and Julie Anderson, Alec and Sandra Reinhardt, Robert and Marcela Ritter, Donald and Carrie Templin, all of Findlay; Jong Choi, Blacklick; DeBow and Catherine Freed, Ronald Wyss, all of Ada; Don and Jennifer Horstman, Ottawa; Dennis and Sandra Knott, Fort Jennings; Carl and Wanda Kogge, Wapakoneta; Ryan and Nicole McClure, Grover Hill; and Philip Menzel, Napoleon.
Along with the large donation to the Ohio Republican Senate Campaign Committee, Hite listed several other expenses, including: $781 to Allegra Printing and Imaging, Findlay, a division of Findlay Publishing Co., for golf brochures; $500 to University of Findlay College Republicans, a donation; $318 to Ohio State University for basketball tournament tickets; $266 to Ohio Chamber of Commerce PAC, Columbus, for a chamber conference; $150 to WKTN Radio, Kenton, for advertising; $103 to Ohio Senate for state flags, seals and folders; and $100 to the Husted for Ohio campaign, Kettering; Kiwanis Club, Findlay; GOPAC, Washington, D.C.; and National Rifle Association of America, for membership dues.
The Citizens for Schaffner campaign reported $6,420 in contributions, including: $2,000 from Milo Schaffner, Van Wert; $1,000 donations from Dorothy Kaduk, Van Wert, and Dennis Schaffner, Defiance; $750 from Shelby Neighbors United, Botkins; $500 from Donald Klausing, Delphos; $400 from William Straley, Van Wert; and $200 from William Morris, Keystone.
Donations of $100 were made by Ohio Building Stone, Anna; Stephen Corthell, Sidney; James Davis, Shelby; Joe Hughes, Bellefontaine; and Edward Klaus, Delphos.
The campaign reported the following expenses: $1,177 to Custom Sign Banner, Texas; $399 to Paulding Progress, for an advertisement; $367 to WEB.COM, Florida, for Internet ads; and $366 to Tribune Printing, Hicksville.
The Conservatives for Corey Shankleton campaign reported $2,820 in donations, including: $500 donations from Dennis Armstrong and Carmen Doty-Armstrong, both of Findlay; $250 donations from Cheryl Blakely and Doug Blakely, both of Findlay; $200 from Mary Honecker, Findlay; $140 from Jane Hovest, Celina; and $100 from Cathy Bennett, Findlay.
The report listed the following expenditures: $881 to Print Direct for Less, Columbia Station; $350 to Dirt Cheap Signs, Lago Vista, Texas; $124 to Walmart, Bryan, for supplies.
The campaign reported a reimbursement of $1,060 paid to Micah Noirot, Montpelier, for signs.