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Ohio: Voinovich Spreading Money to GOP Causes

Sen. George Voinovich (R) isn’t seeking re-election in 2010, so he’s giving campaign funds to Ohio Republicans who are on the ballot.

In this year’s third quarter, Voinovich’s campaign committee gave $17,000 to the Columbus-based Republican Senate Campaign Committee, which is working to defend the GOP’s 21-12 majority in the Ohio Senate.

Voinovich’s committee also gave $11,396 to state Sen. Jon Husted, who is running for Ohio secretary of state, and the same amount to state Rep. Josh Mandel, who’s running for state treasurer. That figure is the maximum donation allowed under Ohio law.

At the federal level, Voinovich’s campaign committee gave $2,000 to state Sen. Steve Stivers (R), who is challenging first-term Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy (D) in the Columbus-centered 15th District. Kilroy narrowly defeated Stivers in the 2008 election.

The Senator also donated to Republican Sens. Mike Enzi of Wyoming and Mike Crapo and James Risch of Idaho.

Voinovich’s committee still had $1.7 million cash on hand as October began.

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