Moreno has a history of self funding: During his short-lived 2022 Senate run, he reported more than $3 million in self-financing. The recruitment of self-funders, who are willing to dip into their own fortunes, has been a key part of the GOP’s strategy to take back the Senate. Both Dolan and Moreno have the ability to self-fund in Ohio.
Former President Donald Trump has yet to endorse in the race, though he has been complimentary of Moreno. In a social media post earlier this year, Trump said Moreno “would not be easy to beat.” LaRose is also angling for a Trump endorsement. Sen. J.D. Vance (R-Ohio), a top Trump ally, has backed Moreno.
Other wealthy GOP Senate candidates include: Dave McCormick in Pennsylvania, Tim Sheehy in Montana and Jim Justice in West Virginia. The deadline to report fundraising for the third quarter, which spans from July 1 to Sept. 30, is Oct. 15. Moreno is one of the first major Senate Republicans to reveal his total haul. He raised nearly $2.3 million in the second quarter.