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|01-11-03: Candidates' spending nears record amounts
|By SEAN RICE
The Daily Standard
The dust from November's campaign trail has settled and local
Republican candidates secured two local offices and outspent Democrats in each race.
Campaign treasurers recently submitted the final of four quarterly
reports outlining cash, services and materials donated to candidates.
In this recent report, candidate collecting and spending is broken-out
from Oct. 16 to Dec. 6. The Daily Standard compiled the amounts from three previous
campaign reports and combined the data into a year-end report.
Republicans candidates topped spending in two of three races, but
gathered more in-kind services across the board, with major assistance coming from the
Ohio Republican Party.
In the match for county commissioner Republican Jim Zehringer of Fort
Recovery won the election and the spending race, accumulating $20,807 from the beginning
of last year through the November election. Democrat Ray Cron amassed $12,191.
Both candidates filed paperwork to terminate their accounts. All funds
were spent except each man had approximately $500 remaining that was accounted as
repayment for personal loans incurred. Cron borrowed $8,500 of his own money; Zehringer
Zehringer has Cron beat for in-kind donations also, non-cash donations
that are not added to total figures.
Cron reported only a $350 catering donation from Julie Cole Fleck as an
in-kind contribution while Zehringer's in-kind donations included $5,112 in of printing
and postage work from the Ohio Republican Party and $196 in telephone campaign work from
the (Betty) Montgomery Campaign Committee.
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