Canton Repository

February 2, 2002

Regula raised $59,000, only $500 from district 

Copley News Service

WASHINGTON — Rep. Ralph Regula, one of the most powerful members of Ohio’s congressional delegation, received just one
campaign donation from inside his district last year, a financial disclosure report shows.

For only $500 of the more than $59,000 he raised, that was one of 82 contributions he received during the reporting period from July 1 to Dec. 31.

The majority of contributions to the Bethlehem Township Republican came from out of state, according to the report filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Regula and other members of the House have been raising money for re-election bids this year.

A member of Congress since 1973, Regula chairs an Appropriations subcommittee that helps determine federal funding for schools, health care and jobs programs. As a result, he could be expected to attract the attention of people from outside the state who have an interest in how the government spends money.

Of $59,448 in individual contributions raised by Regula, $22,500, or 38 percent, came from individuals in Ohio. The rest, $36,948,
came from individuals in other parts of the country. Donors to Regula listed addresses in Washington, D.C., Virginia, California, Maryland and New York.

Federal law allows individuals to contribute up to $1,000 to a candidate for the primary election and another $1,000 for the general election. Political action committees are allowed to contribute a total of $10,000 to a candidate, but Regula does not accept PAC contributions.

Regula was traveling and could not be reached to discuss his contributions.

The lone contribution from the district, totaling $500, came from John J. Miller, whose address was listed as 2995 Mill Ridge Cir. NW, Canton. Of the donations to Regula from Ohio, most came from individuals listing a Cleveland address. Individuals living in Pepper Pike and Dublin also contributed.

During the same six-month period two years ago, Regula similarly received the majority of his donations from outside the state. Of $29,604 he raised during the second half of 1999, $250 came from inside the district. A total of $8,250 came from contributors from Ohio.

During the second half of 2001, Regula listed total receipts as $61,636. Those contributions brought the total in his campaign kitty up to $115,975.

Regula used his campaign fund to make contributions to two Ohio legislators. He gave $2,500 each to campaign committees for state Rep. J. Kirk Schuring and Senate President Richard H. Finan, both Republicans.