Since dropping out of the presidential race, Gov. John Kasich has raised money for his former rivals, critical congressional races and a past Republican presidential nominee.

But he has not raised a dime for Donald Trump. And the billionaire, who trails presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in fundraising and campaign staff, hasn’t asked him to.

Kasich spokesman Chris Schrimpf said Wednesday that the governor is filling empty slots in his schedule with fundraising appearances for GOP leaders who hope to hold majorities in both chambers of Congress.

And with the Republican National Convention three weeks away, Kasich still has no plans to speak there, a custom of sitting governors in states that have held past conventions.

With the exception of a tropical storm sidetracking Florida Gov. Rick Scott from attending the 2012 RNC in Tampa Bay, every host governor this millennium has spoken, usually on the last day.

Kasich, refusing Trump’s demand that convention-headliners must endorse him, said this week that he has no plans step onto stage, though he will be “in and around Cleveland” during the coronation of the party’s standard bearer.

Since Trump emerged the primary victor in early May, Kasich has raised money for Sen. John McCain (the 2008 GOP presidential nominee), Sens. Rand Paul and Marco Rubio (fellow GOP presidential candidates this election), House Speaker Paul Ryan (who has rejected pleas to run against Trump) and the National Republican Congressional Committee, which is coordinating with Ryan to support candidates in key races.

But Kasich will not have to leave Ohio to help his primary beneficiary.

“The most important race to the governor this year is [Sen.] Rob Portman,” Schrimpf said. “So he will be doing everything he can here in Ohio to make sure Rob Portman wins.”

Portman’s prolific fundraising, which began five years ago, puts Democratic challenger and former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland at a disadvantage. Portman has spent nearly $2 for every $1 Strickland has expended. Attacks by outside groups follow the same trend, favoring Portman. And the incumbent Republican has million in ad buys reserved over the coming months.

Meanwhile, three polls this month have the Senate race tied or Portman ahead by no more than a percentage point.

Portman will be in Cleveland for the convention from July 18-21. But like the governor, he has not yet agreed to participate in Trump-approved activities inside Quicken Loans Arena. The first-term senator instead has made yet-to-be-announced plans to hold his own program outside the arena.

Doug Livingston can be reached at 330-996-3792 or dlivingston@thebeaconjournal.com. Follow on Twitter: @ABJDoug.