By DENISE GRANT
State Sen. Robert McColley, R-Napoleon, is by far the biggest spender in a three-way Republican primary race for the Ohio Senate’s 1st District seat.
McColley, 33, previously a state representative, was appointed to the Senate seat in November after former Sen. Cliff Hite, R-Findlay, resigned.
McColley is being challenged for his party’s nomination by Craig Kupferberg, 58, of Findlay, a former assistant superintendent for Findlay City Schools, and Bob Barker Jr., 52, of Van Wert.
Candidates or campaign committees that spent or received $1,000 or more since Jan. 1 had to file pre-election campaign finance reports last week.
According to the “Citizens for McColley,” the campaign began the season with a carryover balance of $22,814, and received $41,150 in donations, plus $14,522 worth of in-kind contributions.
Expenses totaled $49,309, including $28,500 given to other campaigns or Republican groups.
That left the committee with a balance of $29,177 as of last week.
In comparison, the “Committee to Elect Craig Kupferberg” reported $300 in donations, plus $1,571 that Kupferberg contributed to his own campaign. Expenditures were reported at $1,571, leaving a balance of $300.
Barker did not file a spending report.
Donations to the McColley campaign included: $6,000 from Ohio Acre PAC, Columbus; $2,500 each from the Ohio Dental Association PAC, Columbus; Dominion PAC, Richmond, Virginia; and One Energy PAC, Findlay.
Donations of $1,500 each came from Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. PAC and Ohio Bank PAC, both of Columbus; and Marathon Petroleum Corp. Employees PAC, Findlay.
Donations of $1,000 each were made by Huntington Bancshares Inc. PAC, Ohio CPA PAC, Beer & Wine PAC, Ohio Bank PAC, Chad Hawley, all of Columbus; Ohio Aggregates PAC, Gahanna; Richard Bertz, Mary Hall, Cynthia Krueger, all of Napoleon. A donation of $750 was made by Ohio Trucking Association TrukPAC, Columbus.
Contributing $500 each were Ohio Home Builders Association PAC, Strategic Public Partners PAC, OFMA/GOSA PAC, David Battocletti, Thomas Pappas, all of Columbus; AZ PAC, Wilmington, Delaware; Dealers Investment Group, Dublin; AT&T Inc. Ohio Employee PAC, Brecksville; Merck PAC, Washington, D.C.; Reynolds American PAC, Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Sandra Barber, Wauseon; Peter Beck, Napoleon; Sean Dunn, New Albany; and Michael McColley, Napoleon.
Donating $350 each were Calfee Fund for Good Government, Cleveland; Dealers Investment Group, Dublin; Ohio Telephone PAC and CBAO FEDPAC, both of Columbus.
Other contributions: $333 each from Brina Milstein, Brock Milstein and Brooke Milstein, all of Northfield; $250 each from Barbara Barkley and Chery Weideman, both of Napoleon; Scott Elisar and Samuel Randazzo, both of Columbus; Diane Keller and Michael Keller, both of Liberty Center; Justin Sauder, Wauseon; Tony Schroeder, Ottawa; Charles Tabbert, Whitehouse; $200 each from David Celona, Galena; James Lammy, Napoleon; $150 from James Drewes, Napoleon.
Making $100 contributions each were John Collier and Charlotte Zgela, both of Deshler; Ron Ernsberger, Phil Parsons, Mark Saul, Dell Mary Stovcsik, Vicki Woods, all of Napoleon; Walter Maunz, Liberty Center; Rosemary Pfau, New Bavaria; and William Rufenacht, Archbold.
McColley’s campaign reported these major expenses: $9,000 to the Republican Senate Campaign Committee, Columbus, for media advertising and photography; $2,098 to the Ohio Republican Party, Columbus, for mail, printing and postage; $2,940 to the Republican Senate Campaign Committee for voter contact; $2,184 to PC Signs of Cincinnati for yard signs; $1,339 to Due Amici, Columbus, for a fundraiser; $631 to Avina Specialities, Napoleon, for shirts; $366 to The Lumberyard Winery, Napoleon, for a fundraiser; and $516 for Facebook advertising.
McColley’s campaign also made a $25,000 contribution to the Republican Senate Campaign Committee, Columbus; a $2,500 contribution to the “Sprague for Ohio” campaign, Columbus; and a $1,000 contribution to the Ohio Republican Party.
The “Committee to Elect Craig Kupferberg” reported two donations: $200 from Scarbrough Pharmacy, and $100 from Ralph Monday, both of Findlay.
The campaign listed the following expenses: $415 to House of Awards, Findlay, for T-shirts; $272 to Michael D. Osborn Photography, Findlay; $256 to Chatelain Plastics, Findlay, for auto sign magnets; $213 to Staples, Findlay, for information cards.