Ohio senate president raises $874,464 this election cycle

According to campaign finance reports filed with the Ohio Secretary of State, Ohio State Sen. Matt Huffman has raised $874,464 and spent $530,188 between Jan. 1, 2021, and Jun. 3, 2022. Huffman currently serves as the president of the state senate.

Huffman is a member of the Republican Party and assumed office in 2017. In Ohio, the president of the senate is a state senator elected to the role by the members of the chamber.The primary job of a state senate president is to preside over legislative sessions and ensure that members of the chamber abide by procedural rules. Huffman’s current term ends in 2024.

Huffman’s reported campaign finance activity, by quarter (2017-2021)

Source: Transparency USA

Contributions to Huffman

Of the $874,464 already reported in the 2022 election cycle, $153,926 came from the top 10 donors.

Top Donors to Huffman (1/1/2021 – 6/3/2022)

RankTotal AmountDonor NameDonor Type
1.$27,408.82Susan B and James A Haslam IIIINDIVIDUAL
2.$26,000.00Dina and Ronald WilheimINDIVIDUAL
3.$13,704.41Affiliated Construction Trades Ohio Foundation PCEENTITY
4.$13,704.41James W JohnsonINDIVIDUAL
5.$13,704.41Jim JordanENTITY
6.$13,704.41Whitney Haslam JohnsonINDIVIDUAL
7.$13,700.00Ohio Credit Union Legislative Action CommitteeENTITY
8.$11,500.00Nisource Inc PACENTITY
9.$10,500.00Ohio Oil and Gas Producers FundENTITY
10.$10,000.00Ohio Health Care Assoc PACENTITY

Expenditures by Huffman

Huffman reported $530,188 in expenditures, with $510,410 going to the 10 payees topping this list. 

Top Expenditures by Huffman (1/1/2021 – 6/3/2022)

RankTotal AmountPayee NamePayee Type
1.$470,000.00Republican Senate Campaign Committee (Rscc)ENTITY
2.$15,671.39Shawnee Country ClubENTITY
3.$8,114.45Winterset CPA Group IncENTITY
4.$3,153.56Old City PrimeENTITY
5.$2,621.00Kerschner Consulting LtdENTITY
6.$2,537.23Queen City ClubENTITY
9.$1,745.56Ebee PrintingENTITY
10.$1,694.50Hey Hey Bar & GrillENTITY

How donations to Huffman compare to the equivalent role in other states

A number of factors, including whether the position holder is the lieutenant governor or a state senator, can influence donor activity. Here is how Huffman compares to the 10 other senate presidents with campaign finance data available from Transparency USA in 2022:

Across the U.S., 30 senate presidents are members of the Republican Party and 19 are members of the Democratic Party, with one vacancy. The lieutenant governor serves as the president of the senate in 25 states. In other states, the president of the senate is a state senator chosen by the members of the chamber. 

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.