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McKinley, Johnson leading in campaign finances

April 17, 2012
By JOSELYN KING - Special to the Herald-Star , The Herald-Star

WHEELING - Republican Rep. David B. McKinley raised more than $1.5 million for his re-election campaign so far this year, while his Democratic challenger Sue Thorn garnered $54,551, according to their latest campaign finance reports due April 13 to the Federal Elections Commission.

Also raising more than $1 million this election cycle was incumbent Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, who reported net contributions of $1,152,565. His Democratic opponent in Ohio's 6th District, former Rep. Charles Wilson, listed receipts of $531,543, including $228,500 he loaned his campaign, the reports indicate.

McKinley, R-Wheeling, and Thorn are running unopposed for their respective party nominations in West Virginia's 1st District in the May 8 primary election.

McKinley reported total receipts of $1,552,209, with $894,426 coming from individuals and $585,145 from political action committees.

Mining interests contributed the most to his campaign at $253,578, followed by electric utility companies, $65,650; oil and gas businesses, $46,300; health professionals, $45,890; and lawyers and law firms, $45,550.

McKinley's disbursements this election season have been $453,825, and he listed remaining cash on hand at $1,178,853. Campaign debt is listed at $415,000, attributed to money he loaned his campaign during the 2010 election.

Thorn listed receipts of $54,551, including $53,551 in individual contributions. She received one PAC donation for $1,000 from the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 23.

Her expenditures have totalled $49,154, and she reported $9,166 remaining in her campaign account.

Former state Sen. Michael Oliverio, D-Marion, opted to not run for the U.S. House this year - but not before raising $96,352 late last year for an expected campaign, his filing indicated. He spent $92,148 and reported $6,432 remaining in campaign funds. Oliverio, who lost the 2010 contest to McKinley, indicated campaign debt of $8,000.

Former U.S. Rep. Alan Mollohan, D-Fairmont, also filed campaign finance information. He reported having no receipts; expenditures of $13,169; and a remaining balance in his campaign account of $3. He listed campaign debt of $44,744.

Johnson, a Republican, and Wilson, a Democrat, each won their party's nomination in Ohio's March 6 primary election.

There was no breakdown yet available Monday from the FEC regarding how much of Johnson's $1,152,565 came from individuals and how much from PACS. But Johnson's last report, filed in February, indicated 52.77 percent of his contributions came from individuals, while 42.71 percent came from PACs. The report showed another 2.68 percent coming from "other" sources, and the remaining 1.84 percent from the candidate.

Johnson has loaned his campaign $15,000 this year.

Leadership PACS had contributed the most to Johnson as of February, coming in at $84,416. Mining interests contributed $78,050; miscellaneous manufacturing and distributing, $65,657; health professionals, $29,250; special trade contractors, $20,500; electric utilities companies, $20,400; and the oil and gas industry, $19,000.

Johnson listed expenditures at $317,160, and remaining cash on hand of $869,138.

Wilson has raised $531,544, including $228,500 he loaned his campaign. He raised $90,897 from individuals and $197,700 from PACS, along with $486 from the Democratic party and $13,961 from "other" sources.

PACS contributing the most to Wilson were Democratic organizations at $10,000; miscellaneous services, $6,000; retirees, $5,000; candidate committees, $2,000; lawyers and law firms, $1,750; and health professionals, $1,500.

Wilson's campaign listed debt of $416,650, including loans he made to his campaign this year and in past elections.

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