David Pepper speaks to John Michael Spinelli at ODP HQ

The Ohio Democratic Party’s endorsed candidate for Attorney General this year, David Pepper, announced fundraising totals Tuesday for the July Contribution Report.

The report shows Pepper continues to outraise previous successful challengers to sitting attorneys general, and outraised incumbent Republican Mike DeWine this report period by about $55,000. This stellar performance makes this the third fundraising report in which Pepper has outraised a powerhouse like DeWine, a former Lt. Gov. of Ohio and two-term US. Senator who Congressman Sherrod Brown beat in 2006 to become Ohio’s senior U.S. Senator.

“With nearly 4,000 contributors, our bipartisan fundraising strength continues to show a real hunger for change in the Attorney General’s Office, Brad Pyle, Pepper Campaign Manager, said. “Ohioans want to clean up the office and are looking for real leadership on the challenges, like the heroin crisis, that Ohio faces.”

Pepper raised $356,427.44 for the period and has $1,795,775.39 cash on hand. Pepper has raised $2,480,031.23 from 3,845 individual contributors since launching his campaign, a record for a challenger to a sitting attorney general, his campaign said. Meanwhile, DeWine raised $301,165 for the period.

A fifth-generation Cincinnatian, Pepper was first elected to public office in 2001, when he served on the Cincinnati City Council. He was reelected for a second term in 2003. He was elected in 2006 to the three-member Hamilton County Commission, where he served as Commission President from 2009-2010.