Mayor Coleman leads money race 5 to
Tuesday, July 31, 2007 4:34
By Robert Vitale
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
Mayor Michael B. Coleman raised nearly $500,000 in the first
half of this year for his fall re-election campaign, more than
five times as much as his Republican challenger.
According to campaign-finance reports filed today at the Franklin
County Board of Elections, Coleman collected $498,311 from donors
between January and June.
William M. Todd collected $90,450.
Todd’s biggest individual contributor was David L. Brennan,
president of Akron-based White Hat Management, a for-profit
operator of charter schools in Ohio and six other states.
Todd has made mayoral control of Columbus Public Schools a major
part of his campaign platform, including city-controlled charter
Brennan donated $20,000 to Todd’s campaign. The Franklin
County Republican Party gave him $35,000.
Coleman’s biggest individual contributor was Edgar W. “Bill” Ingram
III, chairman and president of the White Castle hamburger chain.
He gave the Democrat’s campaign $10,000.
Coleman also collected $10,000 from Grange Mutual Casualty Co.,
and JPMorgan Chase.
Columbus City Council candidates also filed campaign finance
The biggest surprise: Republican Heidi Samuel out-raised Democratic
incumbent Priscilla Tyson by almost $5,000.
Tyson, appointed to the council in January to replace Democrat
Mary Jo Hudson, raised $13,345 since taking office. Samuel
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