The top fundraisers in the Ohio House

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 House of Representatives, overall and by party. It is based on campaign finance reports that officeholders in and candidates for the House submitted to the Ohio Secretary of State. It includes activity between Jan. 1, 2022, and June 30, 2022.

Top fundraisers in the Ohio House of Representatives by party

The top fundraisers in Ohio House of Representatives 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 in the most recent semiannual reporting period were:

  • Dani Isaacsohn (District 24) – $243,203
  • Allison Russo (District 7) – $235,643
  • Jim Obergefell (District 89) – $184,096
  • Jeff Crossman – $154,801
  • Kathleen Clyde (District 72) – $134,677

In the Republican Party, the top fundraisers in the most recent semiannual reporting period were:

  • Shane Wilkin (District 17) – $173,177
  • Bob Cupp – $160,808
  • Susan Manchester (District 78) – $156,769
  • Thomas Hall (District 46) – $139,004
  • Thomas Patton (District 17) – $128,575

Fundraising totals

Overall, Democratic officeholders and candidates raised $2.6 million in this period. Republican officeholders and candidates raised $3.6 million. Combined, all House fundraisers in the Jan. 1, 2022, through June 30, 2022, filing period raised $6.1 million.

The five largest Democratic fundraisers were responsible for 37 percent of all Democratic House fundraising. The five largest Republican fundraisers were responsible for 21 percent of all Republican House fundraising.

The table below provides additional data from the campaign finance reports from the top 10 fundraisers during this period.

TOP 10 FUNDRAISERS – OHIO HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES (Jan. 1, 2022, through June 30, 2022)
Name Party Affiliation Raised Spent
Dani Isaacsohn Democratic Party $243,203 $119,721
Allison Russo Democratic Party $235,643 $52,977
Jim Obergefell Democratic Party $184,096 $60,678
Shane Wilkin Republican Party $173,177 $71,077
Bob Cupp Republican Party $160,808 $203,313
Susan Manchester Republican Party $156,769 $116,152
Jeff Crossman Democratic Party $154,801 $48,322
Thomas Hall Republican Party $139,004 $32,298
Kathleen Clyde Democratic Party $134,677 $49,757
Thomas Patton Republican Party $128,575 $124,502

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. Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data following major reporting deadlines. State or federal law may require filers to submit additional reports.

Report Name Report Due Date
2021 Annual 1/31/2022
2022 Pre-Primary 4/21/2022
2022 Post-Primary 6/10/2022
2022 Semiannual 7/29/2022
2022 Pre-General 10/27/2022
2022 Post-General 12/16/2022

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.