Ohio Gov. DeWine receives $8 million, with Ohio Republican Party State Central Committee as top donor

In Ohio, Gov. Mike DeWine is the number one fundraiser in state politics in the 2022 election cycle so far. According to the most recent campaign finance reports made to the Ohio Secretary of State, the governor received $7,990,689 in total contributions and spent $826,577 between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021. DeWine is running for re-election in 2022.

Gov. DeWine is a member of the Republican Party and first assumed office in 2019.

Gov. DeWine’s reported campaign finance activity, by quarter (2017-2021)

Source: Transparency USA

Contributions to Gov. DeWine

Of the $8 million already reported in the 2022 election cycle, 19.2 percent came from the top 10 donors.

Top Donors to Gov. DeWine (1/1/2021 – 12/31/2021)

RankTotal AmountDonor NameDonor Type
1.$870,968Ohio Republican State Central & Executive Committee State Candidate FundEntity
2.$520,784Ohio Republican PACEntity
3.$25,000Lee Ann and James PastoreIndividual
4.$18,704Dean KereiakesIndividual
5.$17,929Leslie MillerIndividual
6.$17,500Barbara J SiemerIndividual
7.$17,500Michael BairdIndividual
8.$17,404John A PayiavlasIndividual
9.$16,204Yaromir SteinerIndividual
10.$15,000Adrienne DelligattiIndividual

Expenditures by Gov. DeWine

On the expenditures side, Gov. DeWine reported $826,577, with 80.2 percent of all spending going to the 10 payees topping the list. 

Top Expenditures by Gov. DeWine (1/1/2021 – 12/31/2021)

RankTotal AmountPayee NamePayee Type
1.$143,000Arena OnlineEntity
2.$130,473Ohio Alliance of Boys and Girls ClubsEntity
3.$115,351Tarrance GroupEntity
4.$72,759SRCP Media IncEntity
5.$60,000Deep Root Analytics LLCEntity
6.$35,000America Rising CorpEntity
8.$27,103Rst MarketingEntity
9.$25,674Dot the IEntity
10.$24,678Kessler CreativeEntity

How Gov. DeWine’s fundraising compares to other governors

Among elected officials holding the same level of state office, fundraising varies widely. A number of factors, including whether an incumbent officeholder is running for reelection, influence donor activity. Here is how fundraising by Ohio Gov. DeWine compares to the 10 other governors with campaign finance data available from Transparency USA in 2022:

Fundraising reported by 11 U.S. governors in the 2022 election cycle

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active Ohio PACs submitted to the  Ohio Secretary of State. Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data 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.