By DENISE GRANT
State Sen. Cliff Hite, R-Findlay, who defeated two opponents in the May 6 Republican primary, was outspent by one of them during the latter stages of the campaign, according to post-election finance reports.
Hite spent about $18,389 late in the campaign to defeat challengers Corey Shankleton of Kunkle, and Milo Schaffner of Van Wert.
In the primary, Hite won 60 percent of the vote, winning 10 of the 11 counties in the 1st District, which includes Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert, Defiance and Williams counties, and part of Auglaize, Fulton and Logan counties. Van Wert County went to Schaffner.
Schaffner spent $26,263 in the final days of the campaign, according to the post-election reports. Shankleton spent very little.
Hite’s campaign committee filed spending reports with Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted on June 9. Candidates who collected or spent at least $1,000 during the post-election reporting period were required to file the reports by June 13.
Pre-election finance reports showed Hite spent $57,585 on his early primary campaign, including a $50,000 donation to the Ohio Republican State Campaign Committee. He had a $43,431 balance going into the latter part of the campaign.
Hite continued to receive donations through the end of campaign, totaling $37,628 between May 2 and June 6. Hite’s donations and in-kind contributions for the entire campaign totaled $123,819.
His largest donation came from the Ohio Republican State and Central Executive Committee which paid $27,233 to King Strategic Communications for campaign printing and postage.
The Republican Senate Campaign Committee in Columbus also donated a tele-forum to Hite at a cost of $4,125.
Other donations late in the campaign included: $5,000 from Pain Management Group, Findlay; $2,500 from Marathon Petroleum Corp., Findlay, and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation PAC, Columbus; $1,500 from Chesapeake Energy Corp. PAC, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; $1,000 each from the Hancock County Republican Committee; International Paper PAC, Washington, D.C.; Ohio Automobile Dealers Investment Group, Dublin; CSX Corp. Good Government Fund, Washington, D.C.; Ohio State Farm Agents and Associates PAC, Cincinnati; Nisource Inc. PAC, Columbus; Charles Bills, Findlay; Jeff Broin, Dell Rapids, South Dakota; Neil and Laura Clark, Findlay; William Rumpke, Cincinnati; and Kenneth Vaupel, Findlay.
Hite’s expenditures for the reporting period included: $9,496 to Allegra Printing and Imaging, Findlay, a division of Findlay Publishing Co., publisher of The Courier, for campaign signs; $2,650 for Ohio State University football tickets; $1,290 for mileage reimbursement; and $600 for condo rent.
In all, Citizens For Schaffner raised $30,004 in donations and in-kind services during the primary campaign, with $18,000 listed as “other income” on the most recent report.
Schaffner’s post-election report shows $4,083 was brought forward, and $4,180 was donated late in the campaign. Schaffner also reported donating $1,404 worth of in-kind services, in the form of print advertising and magnets, to the campaign.
Donations listed on the post-election report include: $2,500 from Jason Schaffner, Middle Point; $300 from Dennis Lange, Wapakoneta; $250 from Michael Burton and Mark Doenges, both of Wapakoneta; $200 from James Holthaus, Wapakoneta; $100 each from Comer Trucking, Sidney; Thomas Shaw and Robert Wisenmayer, both of Wapakoneta; and D. Davis, Spencerville.
Campaign expenses on the post-election report included: $14,817 to Curtis Scott Advertising, Oak Brook, Illnois, mail advertising and postage; $1,519 to Findlay Publishing Co., parent company of The Courier, for print advertising; $1,468 to The Crescent News, Defiance, for print advertising; $1,180 to The Evening Reader, Montpelier, for print advertising; $1,020 to Bryan Publishing Co., Bryan, print advertising; $926 to The Kenton Times, print advertising; $858 to The Times Bulletin, Van Wert, print advertising; and $500 to The Village Reporter, Montpelier, advertising.
The campaign reported a balance of $0.
Conservatives for Corey Shankleton reported ending the primary election season with a negative balance of $220. The campaign had reported raising $2,820 on its pre-election report. The campaign reported receiving $844 in donations on its post-election report, which was filed Thursday.
Donations included: $200 from Linda Baker, Ohio City; and $150 from Arlene Dye and Bruce Dye, both of Findlay.
Campaign expenses included $244 to TRZ Business Services, Akron, for voter calls; and $229 to Lima News for advertising.