COLUMBUS, Ohio — Democrat Tim Ryan vastly outspent and outspent Republican JD Vance in the latest campaign finance window for the U.S. Senate race in Ohio, Vance has more money in his campaign bank account ahead of the election home stretch, according to new campaign finance disclosures.
A federal deadline passed on Saturday, with candidates required to file reports detailing their campaign spending and fundraising from July through September. Ryan and Vance are running to replace retired Republican Senator Rob Portman in the Nov. 8 election.
Ryan’s fundraising report showed his campaign raised $17.3 million and spent $18.9 million during that time. About $13.1 million of Ryan’s spending was on television commercials, while other major spending included $1.4 million to advertise through Facebook, the social media platform.
During the same period, Vance’s campaign raised $6.9 million, including from affiliated committees, and spent $3.4 million. The biggest expense for the Vance campaign was the $1.8 million spent on television ads, as well as the $240,000 spent on online advertising.
As of Sept. 30, Ryan still had $1.4 million in his campaign bank account, while Vance had more than double that, or about $3.4 million.
Including the new numbers, Ryan has now raised $39 million and spent $36.9 million in the race to replace retired Republican Senator Rob Portman, while Vance has $10.5 million and spent $6. $3 million.
Ryan’s deep fundraising edge initially allowed him to flood Vance with ads over the summer, likely helping to make the race much more competitive than observers had originally anticipated. Ryan used the ads in an attempt to build an image of a political independent for the explicit purpose of selling himself to center-right voters.
However, Vance has recently been boosted by at least $30 million in planned spending by National Republicans, including $28 million announced in August from a Super PAC with close ties to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. , and $2 million more recently from a Super PAC with close ties to former President Donald Trump.
National Republican spending put Vance on a level playing field. Recent polls show Vance developing a narrow lead in the race, though that falls into the territory of being a statistical tie. Statewide political polls have generally had a poor recent record in Ohio, generally underestimating support for Republican candidates.
Ryan and his allies, meanwhile, have recently begun calling on national Democrats to invest in Ohio to offset pro-Vance Republicans’ overseas spending. Calls grew after a Super PAC closely linked to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced plans to spend $4 million in North Carolina, another competitive race for a Senate seat held by the republicans.
The two main Super PACS involved in the U.S. Senate race from Ohio also filed campaign finance reports over the weekend. Groups are allowed to accept and spend unlimited amounts of money, as long as they do not coordinate directly with a candidate’s campaign.
The Save America Fund, a pro-Ryan PAC, said it raised $2.6 million and spent $2.4 million. The group is semi-sanctioned by the Ryan campaign. His record shows he spent $2.2 million on ads to boost Ryan or attack Vance. He has $521,000 in his bank account and continued to run pro-Ryan ads in October. Dave Chase, Ryan’s campaign manager, gave the band their stamp of approval in a Twitter post in June.
Most of its major donations came from organized labor groups, including the American National Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees ($950,000), the Ohio Education Association, a major teachers’ union ($500,000 ), the United Association, a building trades group ($250,000), and the Ohio AFL-CIO ($150,000).
Protect Ohio Values, a pro-Vance Super PAC, has meanwhile raised about $756,000 while spending $854,000. The group revealed a single independent expense boosting Vance: $300,000 in digital/text advertising. Its top donors are Karen Wright, a major Republican donor from Knox County ($250,000), Elizabeth Uihlein, a billionaire from Illinois ($100,000) and Robert Robertson, a businessman from Butler County ($100). $000).
Protect Ohio Values was much more active in the U.S. Senate Republican primary after Peter Thiel, a Silicon Valley billionaire whom Vance worked for, seeded him with $15 million in contributions, allowing Vance to effectively outsource your campaign. Thiel did not participate in the general election, focusing on another close associate, Blake Masters, who is running as a Republican for a U.S. Senate seat in Arizona.