The House members who gave the most to Cutrona last year all voted no on Householder’s expulsion. They included Jay Edwards, R-Nelsonville and chairman of the House Economic and Workforce Development Committee, who gave $13,292.35 to Cutrona’s campaign; House Majority Leader Bill Seitz, R-Green Township in Hamilton County, who was among the most vocal members in opposition to expulsion and gave $13,000 to Cutrona; and Majority Whip Don Jones, R-Freeport, who gave $10,000. ALL VOTED NO The vote to have a debate on Householder’s expulsion passed 66-31. The 99-member House needed a two-thirds vote on debate, meaning it received the minimum number of votes to proceed. Then nine Republicans — including Adams and Mike Loychik, R-Bazetta — who opposed bringing the expulsion to a vote later voted to expel Householder. The expulsion vote, which also needed at least two-thirds of the vote, was approved 75-21.
Cutrona received $41,292.35 from House members who voted against Householder’s expulsion compared to $6,000 from members who voted in favor of it. Also, among the $6,000 who voted to expel Householder, $5,000 came from state Rep. Cindy Adams, R-Harrison, and the assistant majority whip, who first voted against having a debate on the floor on the resolution to expel and then later voted to oust Householder. In the 2020 campaign, Cutrona received $239,150.41 in in-kind contributions from the state party, which took over fundraising of House races after Householder’s indictment and removal as speaker. Householder is accused in a bribery scheme tied to a bailout for Ohio’s two nuclear power plants.
Overall last year, Cutrona raised $143,792.35 for his campaign from donors. About 29 percent came from House members who voted to not expel Householder. In addition to the contributions and the state party funding, Cutrona also loaned $50,000 to his campaign. “Donating money doesn’t mean any obligation to that person or that group,” said Cutrona, R-Canfield, who was among the 21 House members who voted against Householder’s expulsion. “I received a considerable donation from the Ohio Republican Party that well exceeded those members. Some members (who gave me contributions) voted to expel Householder. It was split between my donors.”
Unlike Cutrona, Loychik received no money from the state party for his campaign. Loychik had only $1,502.71 in his campaign account as of Dec. 31. He also received $11,000 from House members who voted to expel Householder with $5,000 coming from Adams. Adams and Loychik voted against debating the expulsion on the House floor. After it barely passed, they voted to expel Householder.
Loychik’s largest contributors were Edwards with $13,292.35, Seitz with $13,000 and state Rep. Shane Wilkin, R-Hillsboro and chairman of the House Government Oversight Committee, with $10,000. Loychik received $54,542.35 from House members who opposed Householder’s expulsion, which helped fund his 2020 campaign victory in the 63rd District. That money is about half of the $111,307.35 his campaign received in contributions last year.
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