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ac­cord­ing to the PAC's fed­eral cam­paign fi­nance re­port.

The net­work, which lists a Wash­ing­ton, D.C., ad­dress, was in­cor­po­rated as a non­profit in Ohio in April 2017, ac­cord­ing to a fil­ing with the sec­re­tary of state's of­fice.

Its agent is listed as James G. Ryan, a lawyer with the Bai­ley Cava­lieri firm in Colum­bus.

Ryan did not re­spond Mon­day to mes­sages seek­ing com­ment.

Tay­lor now is sep­a­rated from On­ward Ohio, which is for­bid­den from co­or­di­nat­ing with her cam­paign. J. Matthew Yuskewich, who is listed as the PAC's trea­surer, did not re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment.

The con­tri­bu­tion was the only one re­ceived by On­ward Ohio in the first quar­ter. It spent $901,948, largely on TV com­mer­cials at­tack­ing

DeWine. The group still had $241,765 on hand as of March 31.

Ohio Con­ser­va­tives for a Change, a su­per PAC that sup­ported Sec­re­tary of State Jon Husted be­fore he joined DeWine as his lieu­tenant gover­nor run­ning mate, like­wise re­ceived only one do­na­tion in the first quar­ter — $206,359 from Free­dom Fron­tier of Wash­ing­ton. Joel Riter, a State­house lob­by­ist for the con­crete in­dus­try and for­mer aide to Ohio Trea­surer Josh Man­del, is the com­mon link to both groups as trea­surer.

The pro-DeWine/Husted po­lit­i­cal ac­tion com­mit­tee listed $939,185 in debts to Ma­jor­ity Strate­gies of Jack­sonville, Florida, largely for dig­i­tal ad­ver­tis­ing and di­rect mail. Brett Buerck, ex-chief of staff to thenHouse Speaker Larry House­holder, R-Glen­ford, is the chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the com­pany.

The PAC also spent an­other $205,109 in the first quar­ter.

The PAC had $87,236 on hand as of March 31, ac­cord­ing to its fed­eral re­port.

Su­per PACs can raise un­lim­ited sums from cor­po­ra­tions, unions, as­so­ci­a­tions and in­di­vid­u­als and spend un­lim­ited sums to sup­port or op­pose po­lit­i­cal can­di­dates. Some non­prof­its are used to gen­er­ate money with­out hav­ing to dis­close donors.

Cit­ing the pro­hi­bi­tion against co­or­di­na­tion be­tween su­per PACs and can­di­dates' cam­paign com­mit­tees, the DeWine and Tay­lor cam­paigns de­clined com­ment on Mon­day.

In the race for cash for the can­di­dates' cam­paigns, DeWine held a $10.5 mil­lion to $3.5 mil­lion ad­van­tage over Tay­lor at the end of last year.

DeWine had loaned $1 mil­lion to his cam­paign while Tay­lor had lent hers $3 mil­lion. Pre-pri­mary cam­paign fi­nance re­ports re­flect­ing fundrais­ing through April 18 are due on April 26.

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