Ohio Republican candidates have spent $5.77 million more than Democrats

In Ohio, state-level candidates spent $22.68 million between Jan. 1, 2021, and Apr. 13, 2022. Democratic candidates spent $8.30 million and Republican candidates spent $14.07 million. 

Ohio Campaign Finance Snapshot (1/1/2021 – 4/13/2022)

Source: Transparency USA

Top 10 Democratic candidates, by expenditures (1/1/2021 – 4/13/2022)

In the 2022 election cycle, 174 state-level Democrats have filed campaign finance reports with the Ohio Secretary of State. Here are the 10 Democratic candidates who have spent the most.

RankDemocratic CandidateTotal Spent
1.Nan Whaley$3,452,969.04
2.John Cranley$2,704,725.04
3.David Leland$220,874.66
4.Jennifer Brunner$144,346.93
5.Emilia Sykes$100,849.21
6.Sean O’Brien$88,804.66
7.Nickie Antonio$88,738.48
8.Teresa Fedor$86,822.83
9.Kristin Boggs$83,352.73
10.Chelsea Clark$76,697.16

Top 10 Republican candidates, by expenditures (1/1/2021 – 4/13/2022)

During the same time period, 196 Republicans have filed campaign finance reports with the Ohio Secretary of State. These are the 10 Republican candidates with the highest reported expenditures for the 2022 election cycle so far.

RankRepublican CandidateTotal Spent
1.Richard Michael DeWine$3,683,457.38
2.James Renacci$2,914,514.13
3.Frank Larose$581,071.55
4.Joe Blystone$542,256.20
5.Matthew Huffman$530,188.08
6.Matthew Dolan$224,496.21
7.Robert McColley$208,957.50
8.Jay Hottinger$203,691.19
9.David Yost$196,235.79
10.Sharon Kennedy$196,183.13

In some states, officeholders may make expenditures from their campaign accounts when they are not up for election. Those expenditures are included in candidate campaign finance numbers.

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active Ohio candidate 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.