U.S. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez trumps Trump-backed challenger Max Miller in fundraising

WASHINGTON, D. C. – Incumbent Republican congressman Anthony Gonzalez of Rocky River raised more money during the year’s second quarter than his primary challenger, Max Miller of Rocky River, even though former President Donald Trump held a June rally in Lorain County to boost Miller’s campaign, coupled with a big-ticket fundraising event.

Gonzalez’ campaign had nearly three times more money in the bank than Miller’s at the end of the quarter.

Gonzalez raised more than $600,000 during the quarter, compared with $443,000 for Miller, a former Trump White House aide who declared his candidacy after Gonzalez voted to impeach Trump over his role in inciting a Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol that disrupted the official tally of the 2020 presidential contest’s electoral votes in which five people died.

Gonzalez’s campaign ended the quarter with more than $1.5 million in the bank while Miller’s had $533,154, including a $50,000 loan from Miller. Gonzalez spent nearly $113,000 during the quarter while Miller spent almost $349,000.

Gonzalez’ donations included $1,000 from Youngstown State University President Jim Tressel, who coached Ohio State University’s football team during Gonzalez’ years as a star player, $1,000 from former U.S. Ambassador to Norway John Ong of Hudson, and $500 each from the two sons of former GOP U.S. Rep. Ralph Regula, who held Gonzalez’ congressional seat for 18 terms.

Gonzalez also got $5,800 each from Timken Co. CEO Richard Kyle, and his wife, Stacey; $2,900 from his father, Ferragon Corporation President and CEO Eduardo Gonzalez, and $2,900 from Michigan grocery store executive Hendrik Meijer, whose son, Michigan GOP Rep. Peter Meijer, also voted to impeach Trump.

More than $250,000 of Gonzalez’s donations came from political action committees, many of which represent businesses overseen by the the House Financial Services Committee, where Gonzalez serves. PACs that gave him $5,000 include those that represent Fifth Third Bancorp, Huntington Bancshares, the American Investment Council, and Farmers Insurance. A leadership PAC associated with Louisiana GOP Sen. Bill Cassidy, who also voted to convict Trump, gave him $5,000, as did a PAC associated with the top Republican on the House Financial Services Committee, North Carolina’s Patrick McHenry.

Donors to Miller’s campaign committee included Gies Companies director Conrad Gies of Streetsboro, who gave $5,800, and real estate investor Lance Osborne of Mentor, who gave the same amount. Cincinnati car dealer Jeffrey Wyler gave $2,900, as did billionaire options trader Jeff Yass of Pennsylvania.

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bernie Moreno, whose daughter is engaged to Miller, gave $5,800, as did his fellow GOP Senate candidate, Mike Gibbons. Gonzalez’s congressional predecessor, former Wadsworth GOP Rep. Jim Renacci, who has mounted a primary challenge to Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, gave $1,000 to Miller.

In addition to his regular campaign committee, Miller used a joint fundraising committee called the “Max Miller Victory Fund” to raise money during the quarter. A campaign spokesman said the $186,300 it collected came from a fundraiser that Trump hosted for Miller. More than $67,000 of that money was transferred to Miller’s regular campaign committee on June 30, more than $55,000 went to Miller’s Dependable Conservative Leadership political action committee on the same day and close to $37,000 went to Trump’s Save America PAC. The joint fundraising committee had $16,783 in its coffers at the end of the quarter.

Donors to Miller’s “Victory Fund” included Renacci, who gave $1,000, Gibbons, who gave $15,000 and Moreno, who gave $10,000, A political action committee associated with another GOP candidate for Senate, former Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, gave $10,000. A fourth Senate candidate, former Ohio GOP Chairman Jane Timken, gave $5,000. Miller’s father, Abraham Miller of Shaker Heights, gave $10,000 and a candidate for Alabama Secretary of State, Laura Clark, gave $30,000.

Filings for Miller’s Dependable Leadership PAC and Gonzalez’ Buckeye PAC aren’t due at the Federal Election Commission until the end of the month.

In other Northeast Ohio congressional races, incumbent Toledo Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur reported raising nearly $85,000 during the quarter and spending around $34,000. She ended up with more than $824,000 in the bank. A Republican who has filed paperwork to run against Kaptur, J.R. Majewski of Port Clinton, collected slightly more than $49,000 in that time, spent around $8,600 and had almost $42,000 left.

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