By LOU WILIN
Hancock and surrounding counties gave far more to Republican Mike DeWine than any other gubernatorial candidate in recent months.
DeWine received $120,907 in contributions, dwarfing the $29,940 given to Republican rival Mary Taylor by individuals and businesses in area counties from January to mid-June.
Democrat Richard Cordray, who will face DeWine in the November general election, garnered $10,631 from area counties. Democrat Dennis Kucinich, who lost to Cordray in the primary, garnered $415.
Counties included in The Courier’s survey were Hancock, Putnam, Wyandot, Hardin, Henry, Seneca, and most of Allen and Wood counties.
Bigger donors to DeWine’s campaign were: Michael Heaphy of Lima, $12,707; Nickolas Reinhart, Findlay, $12,700; Brent and Suzanne Gerken of Napoleon, $12,500.
Other top DeWine contributors were Carleton Paul Palmer III and Carleton Paul Palmer IV, both of Findlay; Marcia Webb and Michael Wieser, both of Lima, $5,000 each; Kris Klepper of Fostoria, $3,000.
Donors of $2,500 to DeWine’s campaign were Charles Bills, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. Political Action Committee, Thomas Donnell, Thomas Reineke, all of Findlay; Michael Klepper, Daniel Reineke, William Reineke Jr., all of Tiffin; Matthew Akers, Robert Schulte, Nicholas Starr, Lawrence Young, Clyde Rauch, all of Lima.
Dennis Vondrell, Lima, gave $1,250.
Donors of $1,000 to DeWine were: Greg Allen, Lynn Child, Timothy Griffith, Michael Mallett, William McCleave, Donald Templin, all of Findlay; Michael Herbert, Nicholas Spurck, Frederick Zoeller, all of Tiffin; Michael Marsh, Robert Mauer, both of Bowling Green; and James O’Neill, Lima.
Big contributors to Taylor’s campaign were: Albert and Kathleen Caperna, Bowling Green, $12,500 each; Brian Robertson, Findlay, $2,500; Gene Good of Kenton, $1,000.
Big donors to Cordray’s campaign were: Martha MacDonell, Lima, $5,000; and Richard Siferd, Lima, $1,000.
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