Canton Repository

October 21, 2004

Seemann trails Regula in campaign spending

By Paul M. Krawzak
Copley News Service

WASHINGTON A campaign finance report from Democratic congressional candidate Jeff Seemann confirms incumbent Rep. Ralph Regula is heavily outspending him.

Seemann, a Perry Township peace activist, has raised $76,165 and spent $59,627 since he launched his candidacy late last year, his latest filing with the Federal Election Commission says.

Regula has raised $361,349 and spent $335,080 on campaign costs, travel and other allowable expenses since January 2002, the beginning of the finance-reporting period.

The two are vying to become the next congressman for the 16th District. Regula is seeking a 17th term. The election is Nov. 2, less than two weeks away.

In the latest three-month period, which ended Sept. 30, Seemann raised $30,688 and spent $26,577 on the campaign. He had $4,110 left in his campaign account, while Regula had $95,600, the reports said.

Regula, R-Bethlehem Township, raised $217,839 and spent $265,609 in the last three months.

Seemann filed his report with the FEC on Tuesday, four days after the deadline.

According to his report, Seemann collected $25,679 in donations from individuals and $4,700 from political action committees, among other contributions during the three-month period ending Sept. 30.