WASHINGTON — A man who owns strip clubs in Cleveland has flown Senate Republican candidate Jim Renacci to more than a dozen campaign events since July — including one Tuesday after the Wadsworth congressman skipped two U.S. House roll call votes to politick in Ohio.

Renacci said he paid only $2,500 combined between January and June for the multiple trips provided by Don Ksiezyk, who owns the Peek-A-Boo and the Bug-A-Boo clubs in Cleveland, according to campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. Renacci, a four-term congressman, is challenging Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, in November.

Ksiezyk, a licensed pilot who lives not far from the Weltzien Skypark in Renacci’s hometown, appears to have flown him to destinations around the state since at least February in a plane registered to his now-defunct company, American Nightlife Magazine.

That Renacci has a private pilot flying him around the state is in itself a bit of an anomaly, though it’s perfectly legal: Candidates have generally opted to drive or on occasion fly commercially. Brown, for example, is primarily driven between campaign stops. Sen. Rob Portman, a Republican who won re-election in 2016, criss-crossed the state primarily via bus. Portman’s Democratic opponent that year, former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, a Democrat, also largely stuck to ground transportation.

But Renacci has opted to fly in aircraft piloted by Ksiezyk, using it to make appearances in Cincinnati, Toledo and Lima, according to a review of the plane’s flight records from the website FlightAware. Those data were matched with information from Renacci’s campaign Twitter account, with the majority of flights taken by the plane this year corresponding with Renacci’s campaign schedule.

On Tuesday, for example, Ksiezyk’s plane flew down to Warren County apparently to pick up Renacci, whose Twitter feed reflected a day’s worth of campaigning in southwest Ohio, and fly him home just after 7:30 p.m.

A spokesman for Renacci refused to answer questions about Renacci’s friendship with Ksiezyk and his decision to take a plane around the state. Among the questions she declined to answer was whether the two had ever had a business relationship — Renacci says he has started about 60 companies — and whether Ksiezyk flew Renacci to campaign events during his short-lived bid for governor.

Outside of House chambers Wednesday, Renacci also was asked about his decision to travel by plane, whether he had any sort of business relationship with Ksiezyk or whether Ksiezyk flew him during his gubernatorial bid. He repeatedly declined to answer, saying, “You already have my comment on that.”

Ksiezyk did not respond to three emails seeking comment. Five phone numbers associated with him were either disconnected or messages left at those numbers were unreturned, including phone numbers for the two bars he owns.