Challengers to incumbent members of Congress in Ohio had better bring their A game next year: Sitting lawmakers have already raised $9.9 million this election cycle.
The 2014 campaign is well over a year away, but campaign finance reports show most incumbents with a comfortable war chest. And if the Republicans get in trouble, House Speaker John Boehner is there to give them a hand.
During the last quarter, the top individual fundraiser (other than Boehner) was Rep. Pat Tiberi, R-Genoa Twp., who raised more than a half million dollars. Others, including Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, raised more modest amounts.
Turner, in fact, did better during the first quarter than the second, though spokesman Thomas Crosson said that was because he had other priorities.
“We were focused on passing the National Defense Authorization Act,” Crosson said.
In all, U.S. House incumbents raised more than $4.5 million from April 1 through June 30, not counting Boehner’s haul, which was substantial. All told, the incumbents besides Boehner raised about $9.9 million during the election cycle, which began in November.
Boehner is in a league of his own. The West Chester Twp. Republican, who also raises money for fellow Republicans through several affiliated political action committees, raised $3.5 million last quarter through his “Friends of John Boehner” account. That account had $2.5 million in the bank. It spent $2.8 million last quarter and had no debt.
Boehner’s “Boehner for Speaker” account, meanwhile, raised $6 million last quarter, spent $6.3 million and had $253,100 in the bank and no debt. The latter account primarily serves to help other Republicans and Republican efforts.
Boehner had no Democratic opposition in the general election, but his role as Speaker means much of his campaign treasury goes to helping other Republicans.
Turner raised $102,510 in the first quarter and $77,475 in the second. The six-term incumbent, who won in 2012 with 59.54 percent of the vote, had $321,155 in the bank, spent $75,891 last quarter and had $6,996 in debt.
Dayton businessman and Democrat Russell Gottesman has declared that he intends to challenge Turner next year, but Gottesman has yet to raise the amount required to file fundraising documents with the Federal Election Commission.
Other area lawmakers:
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana
Raised between April 1 and June 30: $113,475
Cash in the bank: $1.09 million
Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Cincinnati
Raised between April 1 and June 30: $175,128
Cash in the bank: $181,235
Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Cincinnati
Raised between April 1 and June 30: $150,765
Cash in the bank: $459,209