Candidates disclose midterm war chests
WHEELING – Members of Congress representing West Virginia and Ohio revealed the holdings in their campaign funds this week, showing strong contributions since the spring.
Reports due to the Federal Election Commission on July 15 state Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., has nearly $3 million as she starts a campaign for the Senate seat retiring Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., will leave in 2014.
Rep. David B. McKinley, R-W.Va., meanwhile has more than $1 million to start his re-election campaign in West Virginia’s 1st District. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, has more than $300,000 for his re-election in Ohio’s 6th District.
- A resident of Charleston, Capito lists $2,873,618 cash-on-hand, including contributions of $1,685,092 during the second quarter of 2013. Individual contributions amount to $1,087,520, and smaller “unitemized” individual contributions from campaign events total $56,524. Political action committees contributed $541,048 to her during the quarter. She reports total disbursements of $434,058.
Two other Republican candidates, former Delegate Patrick McGeehan and retired state employee Richard Graham Lemasters, plan to seek Rockefeller’s seat next year.
McGeehan, a Republican, lists $11,127 campaign cash-on-hand and total quarterly contributions of $16,397. Individual contributions total $14,500. He has $1,375 in unitemized individual contributions and $522 received from PACs. Total disbursements for McGeehan were reported at $5,269.
Lemasters, a former Marine living in Sistersville, lists $349 cash-on-hand and contributions of $762 for the quarter. He received $650 in unitemized individual contributions and contributed $112 to his own campaign. He reports total expenditures at $412.
No Democrats have filed in the race.
* McKinley, a resident of Wheeling, has $1,123,561 on hand for his campaign, his report states. Total contributions for the period amount to $436,457, and he reports individual contributions at $164,980; unitemized individual contributions at $6,027; and money from PACs at $265,450. The campaign lists total disbursements of $189,972.
West Virginia Auditor Glen Gainer of Wood County has indicated he could enter the race as a Democrat, but he has yet to make an official announcement.
* Johnson, who lives in Marietta, reports having $315,610 in his campaign coffers. He lists total contributions during the quarter of $451,488. His report indicates individual contributions of $185,074; unitemized individual contributions of $7,927; and money from PACs at $258,487. He reports total disbursements at $158,373.
Former Ohio Rep. Jennifer Garrison of Marietta announced this week she will seek Johnson’s 6th District seat as a Democrat. Ohio Sen. Lou Gentile, D-Steubenville, also is considering a run but has yet to make a decision.