Ohio Democrats lagging behind other states in campaign contributions

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - The eight Democrats running for president next year haven't made much of a dent in the wallets of Ohioans.
Federal Election Commission records show that while Ohio is the seventh-largest state in population, it ranks 18th in contributions to the eight. Of the $25 million raised in the first quarter this year by the eight, approximately $240,000 came from Ohioans.
Ohio is considered to be an important swing state that generates strong interest by both parties.
Experts say there could be several reasons why Ohio lags other states. Among them: Many Ohio Democrats are tied to labor unions, environmental and other groups that may be reluctant to give to candidates early in the race.
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