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4 congressional candidates spend $14.6 million on area races

By admin Published: December 10, 2010

Beacon Journal staff

Nearly $14.6 million was spent on two hotly contested congressional campaigns in the Akron area, according to federal campaign finance reports.

Car dealer Tom Ganley, a Republican candidate in the 13th district, spent the most, by far — a whopping $8.3 million, with most of it coming from his own pocket.

By comparison, Democratic U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton doled out about $1.8 million to beat back Ganley's challenge.

Republican Jim Renacci outspent U.S. Rep. John Boccieri — but not by much — to wrestle away his 16th congressional seat. Renacci spent about $2.4 million, compared to Democratic Boccieri's $2.1 million.

Renacci, a former Wadsworth mayor and prominent business owner, kicked in about $735,000 of his own money.

Boccieri and Renacci spent all but a few hundred dollars of their funds. Ganley had about $13,000 left over, while Sutton had the most remaining, with approximately $54,500.

These figures don't account for outside money spent on the campaigns, which was excessive, especially in the 16th District, where it totaled in the millions.

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