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Mike Gibbons raises impressive $690K during second quarter of campaign

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Republican U.S. Senate candidates Josh Mandel and Mike Gibbons announced their fund-raising totals for the second quarter Monday, with Mr. Mandel claiming a total of $1.7 million raised — though that number includes fund-raising from committees other than his Senate campaign committeeR.

Mr. Mandel, the Ohio treasurer who is hoping for another chance to unseat U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio), said his committees had cash on hand of $3.3 million.

Mike Gibbons, his opponent for the GOP nomination, said he raised $690,000, of which $200,000 was a loan from himself. Another $75,000 was a contribution from himself.

Mr. Gibbons, a Cleveland-area investment banker, said in a news release that his campaign ended the quarter with approximately $615,000 cash on hand, after entering the race about six weeks ago.

Mr. Mandel claims funding in three different campaign committees, an unusual arrangement.

He said he raised $1.3 million through his Citizens for Josh Mandel committee and an additional $400,000 through his Team Josh committee, for the total quarterly report of $1.7 million.

Team Josh is a joint fundraising committee comprised of Citizens for Josh Mandel, JOSHPAC, and the Republican Party of Cuyahoga County's Federal committee, according to the Mandel campaign.

Mr. Mandel’s campaign said his fund-raising performance reflects a “deep base of grassroots support.”

“As we continue our mission to transfer the power from the politicians to the people, I’m inspired by the support we’re receiving from Ohioans across the state,” Mr. Mandel said, according to a news release. “Ohioans cannot afford to be represented in Washington any longer by someone like Sherrod Brown who votes with [U.S. Sen.] Elizabeth Warren [D., Mass.] 97% of the time.”

Mr. Brown announced last week that his Senate campaign raised $2.6 million in the second quarter and that he ended the period with $6.7 million cash on hand. He did not include any additional campaign committees that he might be associated with.

Mike Biundo, senior advisor to Mr. Gibbons, said: “The outpouring of support Mike has received over the past few weeks has been beyond anything we could have hoped for. It is clear that conservatives across Ohio want a strong, no nonsense voice to go to Washington and represent them, not another career politician who will do nothing to drain the D.C. swamp. Mike Gibbons is working every day to offer Ohioans solutions, not the typical beltway soundbites, and the people of Ohio are responding.”

Contact Tom Troy at tomtroy@theblade.com or 419-724-6058 or on Twitter @TomFTroy.

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