Republicans outraise Democrats by 155% in Ohio Senate races

Campaign finance requirements govern how much money candidates may receive from individuals and organizations, how often they must report those contributions, and how much individuals, organizations, and political entities may contribute to campaigns.

While campaign finance is not the only factor in electoral outcomes, successful fundraising can provide a candidate with advantages during a campaign. Fundraising can also indicate party momentum.

This article lists top fundraisers in the Ohio State Senate, overall and by party. It is based on campaign finance reports that officeholders in and candidates for the State Senate submitted to the Ohio Secretary of State. It includes activity between January 1, 2021, and December 31, 2021.

Top fundraisers in the Ohio State Senate by party

The top fundraisers in Ohio State Senate elections are shown below. Individuals are presented with the office that they are on the ballot for in 2022, if applicable.

In the Democratic Party, the top fundraisers were:

  • Nickie Antonio – $128,375
  • Kenny Yuko – $86,812
  • Vernon Sykes – $71,895
  • Hearcel Craig – $71,682
  • Teresa Fedor – $61,555

In the Republican Party, the top fundraisers were:

  • Matt Huffman – $874,464
  • Kristina Daley Roegner – $233,137
  • Jay Hottinger – $228,252
  • George Lang – $218,243
  • Theresa Gavarone – $206,782

Fundraising totals

Overall, Democratic officeholders and candidates raised $498,315 in this period. Republican officeholders and candidates raised $3.93 million. Combined, all State Senate fundraisers in the January 1, 2021, through December 31, 2021, filing period raised $4.43 million.

The five largest Democratic fundraisers were responsible for 84 percent of all Democratic State Senate fundraising. The five largest Republican fundraisers were responsible for 45 percent of all Republican State Senate fundraising.

The table below provides additional data from the campaign finance reports from the top ten fundraisers during this period.

TOP TEN FUNDRAISERS – OHIO STATE SENATE (January 1, 2021, through December 31, 2021)

NameParty AffiliationRaisedSpent
Matt HuffmanRepublican Party$874,464$530,188
Kristina Daley RoegnerRepublican Party$233,137$71,883
Jay HottingerRepublican Party$228,252$203,691
George LangRepublican Party$218,243$158,903
Theresa GavaroneRepublican Party$206,782$108,418
Robert McColleyRepublican Party$179,856$128,958
Jerry CirinoRepublican Party$174,200$64,478
Mark J. RomanchukRepublican Party$166,045$81,800
Steve WilsonRepublican Party$154,756$130,792
Matt DolanRepublican Party$135,800$224,496

Campaign finance reporting periods

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that candidate PACs submitted to the Ohio Secretary of State. Candidate PACs represent individuals who have run for state or local office at any point, including past and present officeholders. This article does not include non-candidate PACs. In 2022, Transparency USA will publish campaign finance data after the following major reporting deadlines. State or federal law may require filers to submit additional reports.

Report NameReport Due Date
2021 Annual1/31/2022
2022 Pre-Primary4/21/2022
2022 Post-Primary6/10/2022
2022 Semiannual7/29/2022
2022 Pre-General10/27/2022
2022 Post-General12/16/2022

This article is a joint publication from Ballotpedia and Transparency USA, who are working together to provide campaign finance information for state-level elections. Learn more about our work here.