Insurance companies, health care providers and fellow lawyers top the lists of contributors to Republican candidates for two Ohio Supreme Court seats to be decided on Nov. 7, according to a report released on Wednesday.
Of the two Democrats on the ballot, one got the most from lawyers, his political party and labor unions, while the other is accepting no contributions, said the report from Ohio Citizen Action, a political watchdog group.
The four were scheduled to take part in a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters Wednesday afternoon for later broadcast.
Donors in the three categories gave $444,278 to Republican Robert Cupp, a Lima appeals judge, through Oct. 4, according to the Citizen Action analysis. Republican Justice Terrence O’Donnell of Cleveland received $504,522 from the same groups, the report said.
Democrat Ben Espy, a former state senator from Columbus opposing Cupp, got $407,373 from unions, Democrats and lawyers, and William O’Neill, an appeals judge from South Russell, is not accepting money for the second straight campaign. He lost to O’Donnell in 2004, 60 percent to 40 percent.
Citizen Action based its analysis on contributions from political action committees and individual employees of law firms, companies and individuals in the health care industry and insurance companies and their employees. It included monetary contributions and contributions of services, such as phone banks and office space.
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