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Published: Monday, 7/16/2012 - Updated: 2 years ago

Kaptur raising more money than Wurzelbacher


U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D., Toledo) has continued to out-raise Republican opponent Samuel “Joe” Wurzelbacher in the 9th Congressional District campaign, according to newly filed campaign finance reports.

Aided by checks from union and corporate political action committees, Miss Kaptur received $129,130 during the second quarter, for a total during the campaign cycle of $760,020.

Mr. Wurzelbacher reported collecting donations totaling $95,799 during the second quarter, for a total of $326,626 for the election campaign so far.

His campaign expenditures totaled $162,908 for the quarter and $311,373 for the election cycle so far, leaving him with a remaining campaign war chest of $14,372, and debts and obligations of $7,143.

During the quarter Miss Kaptur spent $47,132, and $1.1 million in the overall campaign. Part of her spending was a $25,000 contribution to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Most of Miss Kaptur’s funding was from union and corporate political action committees. Unions representing firefighters, operating engineers, food and commercial workers, letter carriers, teachers, boilermakers, ironworkers, postal workers, sheet-metal workers, bricklayers, and service employees were among contributors in the second quarter.

She finished the quarter, which ended June 30, with $160,713 in campaign cash.

Among Mr. Wurzelbacher’s campaign expenditures is $634 for clothing at Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. men’s store.

Wurzelbacher spokesman Phil Christofanelli said Mr. Wurzelbacher did not own a suit and he needed one for campaign appearances.

“There are many events which require this type of attire,” he said. He said Mr. Wurzelbacher, who is known as “Joe the Plumber” and whose working clothes are part of his image, bought the clothing at the Bank store in the Westfield Franklin Park mall.

The report also shows Mr. Wurzelbacher continuing to take a monthly salary. On previous reports, Mr. Wurzelbacher was paid what is identified as a “net salary” of $3,842, after taxes were withheld. The new report shows two payments of “salary” on May 2 and May 31 at $5,000.

Contact Tom Troy at


or 419-724-6058.

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