Womer Benjamin Looks To PACs For Help

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio Republican trying to win a traditionally Democratic congressional seat received more than 75 percent of her campaign money in recent months from political action or similar groups.

That's according to reports filed on Monday with the Federal Election Commission.

State Rep. Ann Womer Benjamin of Aurora said that she needed to raise money early to become better known in the strongly Democratic 17th District in northeast Ohio.

She decided that the best way to do that was to take advantage of national groups that support Republicans running for Congress.

Womer Benjamin raised nearly $86,000 between April 18 and June 30. That included nearly $65,000 from political action committees.

She spent about half of the contributions on a television campaign in the Youngstown-Warren area.

In November, Womer Benjamin faces Democratic state Rep. Tim Ryan and embattled U.S. Rep. James Traficant, running as an independent.

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