These 10 Ohio contributors gave over $3.8 million

In Ohio politics, state-level candidates and political action committees have received $195.0 million in total contributions between Jan. 1, 2021, and Dec. 31, 2022. The 10 largest contributors gave more than $3.8 million, or 2 percent of all contributions.

These are the top 10 individual contributors to Ohio state-level candidates and committees in the 2022 election cycle, according to campaign finance reports submitted to the Ohio Secretary of State:

Top 10 Ohio Contributors (1/1/2021 – 12/31/2022)

Rank Contributor Name Total Contributions
1 Richard H Rosenthal $475,613
2 Ellen Dolores Rakowski $441,442
3 Dina and Ronald Wilheim $389,500
4 Geraldine B Warner $368,718
5 Susan B and James A Haslam III $350,351
6 Ginni D Ragan $330,571
7 Gayle and Donald A Oeters $317,100
8 Lisa Mennet $300,000
9 Reid Garrett Hoffman $274,088
10 Katherine Strauss Rosenthal $270,709

The list of Ohio contributors in this time period includes more than 1,790 individuals identified by name in the Ohio Secretary of State’s public records.

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active Ohio committees submitted to the Ohio Secretary of State. Political expenditures that are not controlled by candidates or their campaigns, known as satellite spending, are not included in candidate totals. Federal committees are not required to report to state agencies. Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data following major reporting deadlines.

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.