Matt Dolan is Trying – Again – to Buy An Ohio Senate Seat
April 15, 2023
Columbus, OH – Today, Cleveland.com reported that of the $3.3 million Matt Dolan raised for his Senate race in the first quarter of 2023, $3 million of it – or 91% – came from Dolan’s own coffers. Dolan only raised an abysmal $303,000 through donations and gave himself $3,000,000.
“Matt Dolan may be trying to buy Ohio’s Senate seat, but even his millions cannot save him from what is shaping up to be one of the messiest, nastiest primaries in the country,” said Reeves Oyster, spokesperson for the Ohio Democratic Party.
With Bernie Moreno expected to officially announce his candidacy next week, the primary for Ohio’s Senate seat – which has already been described as a “brewing 2024 slugfest” and potentially “one of the messiest and most expensive” Republican primaries in the country – is getting messier by the day. Dolan’s willingness to spend millions of his family’s riches to impress Mitch McConnell and national Republicans is another example of how expensive and nasty this GOP primary will get.
Read more from Cleveland.com here and below:
- Next year’s U.S. Senate race in Ohio is shaping up to be a brutally expensive fight, if early financial numbers released Friday by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and potential Republican rival Matt Dolan are any indication.
- Brown, a Cleveland Democrat, raised more than $3.5 million in the first three months of 2023, according to campaign manager Rachel Petri. That’s the most any candidate in Ohio history has collected during the first quarter of the year prior to an election year, she said.
- Dolan, a state senator from Chagrin Falls who was recently joined in the GOP primary by Cleveland car dealer Bernie Moreno, raised about $303,000 during the first quarter of 2023, according to campaign manager Kathi Paroska.
- However, Dolan, whose family owns the Cleveland Guardians, put about $3 million of his own money into his campaign fund, giving him $3,301,380 cash on hand as of the end of last month, according to Paroska.