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Published: Saturday, 12/14/2013 - Updated: 7 months ago

Cash flow gave Collins a final boost against Bell

BY TOM TROY
BLADE POLITICS WRITER
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Businesses and individuals who supported Mayor Mike Bell collectively donated $147,423 to his campaign in the final three weeks of Mr. Bell’s re-election bid, but it wasn’t enough to offset the spending of his opponent, Mayor-elect D. Michael Collins, and a secretive Columbus committee representing labor unions, according to campaign finance reports filed with the Lucas County Board of Elections.

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Mr. Bell hauled in checks from business associations representing contractors, real estate agents, a refuse hauler, and beer and wine distributors. His two largest contributions, $10,000 each, came from individuals Malachi Mixon III of Hunting Valley, Ohio, and Robert Bachelder of Medina, Ohio.

For the period starting Oct. 16, Mr. Bell reported total expenditures of $130,875. He ended with $27,980 in his war chest.

Mr. Collins reported raising $40,231. His biggest contributors during the period were unions representing carpenters, Teamsters, plumbers and pipefitters, and heat and frost insulators. Mr. Collins spent $79,171 during the period, ending with $20,450 left over and an outstanding loan of $9,396.

Mr. Collins beat Mr. Bell in the election with 56.4 percent of the vote to Mr. Bell’s 43.6 percent.

Toledoans for Working Families, a Columbus-based labor committee with no named Toledoans, poured $157,549 into mostly negative television and postcard ads depicting Mr. Bell as a puppet of Republican John Kasich and more concerned with jobs in China than in Toledo.

The group identified its main funding sources as the Ohio AFL-CIO and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees in Washington.

Contact Tom Troy: tomtroy@theblade.com or 419--724-6058 or an Twitter @TomFTroy.



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