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The $5,000 donation from Frist, the Senate majority leader, was recorded on May 23 — the day the Senate compromise was forged.
Several of Mike DeWine’s former colleagues also donated to his son’s campaign including: Alfonse D’Amato (R-N.Y.), Spence Abraham (R-Mich.), Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.). Former Sen. Larry Pressler (R-S.D.) and his wife, Harriet, gave $250 each.
Former Secretary of the Senate Gary Sisco donated $1,000 and former high-ranking Senate staffers Cesar Conda and Manus Cooney each gave $500.
At least three members of the Ohio GOP delegation donated to DeWine, Reps. Bob Ney, David Hobson and Steven LaTourette, as did Reps. Tom Davis (R-Va.) and Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.).
Former GOP Reps. Bill McCollum (Fla.), Bob Livingston (La.), Jack Quinn (N.Y.) and Asa Hutchinson (Ark.) also gave.
DeWine’s parents each gave the maximum $2,100 contribution to their son, while Mike DeWine’s Senate office chief of staff gave $1,000.
Other contributors were Michael Brown, president of the Cincinnati Bengals and Carl Lidner, chairman of American Financial Services and one of President Bush’s “Ranger” fundraisers.
DeWine has lent his campaign about $50,000 to this point.
McEwen’s list of contributors is much less star studded and he has largely self-funded his bid to this point.
Through May 25, McEwen raised just over $200,000, half of which came in the form of a personal donation. He loaned himself another $150,000 yesterday in an effort to keep his campaign advertising up on TV and radio through next Tuesday.
Among the more interesting contributors to McEwen’s campaign are former Sen. Bill Armstrong (R-Colo.) ($2,000) and Chuck Colson ($500), the former Nixon White House aide who was imprisoned for his role in the Watergate scandal.
Former State Rep. Jean Schmidt and state Rep. Tom Brinkman are among the others seeking the GOP nod. Schmidt has loaned herself at least $100,000 and has had some presence on television and radio.
Ulm said that with a large field the race could unexpected result.
“With a week to go, anything could happen,” he said.