July 8th, 2010
05:02 PM ET
4 years ago

Portman out raises Fisher by 2 to 1 margin

Ohio Republican Senate candidate Rob Portman's campaign announced early Thursday that it brought in $2.65 million in the second quarter of 2010.
Ohio Republican Senate candidate Rob Portman's campaign announced early Thursday that it brought in $2.65 million in the second quarter of 2010.

(CNN) – Republican Rob Portman out raised Democrat Lee Fisher by a more than two-to-one margin the past three months in the battle for Ohio's open Senate seat.

Portman's campaign announced early Thursday that it brought in $2.65 million in the second quarter of this year. Hours later, the Fisher campaign announced it raised more than $1 million dollars during the same three month period.

The Portman campaign also says it has $8.8 million cash on hand, far more than the over $1 million the Fisher campaign says it has in the bank.

Fisher, the state's lieutenant governor, defeated Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner in a competitive primary. Fisher beat Brunner by 11 points, but had to spend a good amount of his campaign cash leading up to the May 4 primary. Vice President Joe Biden traveled to Ohio on June 30 to help fundraise for Fisher.

Portman, a former congressman and Bush administration budget director, faced token opposition in the GOP primary.

Polls indicate the race is deadlocked. Both candidates are fighting to succeed two-term Republican Sen. George Voinovich, who is not running for re-election.

"Because of your outpouring of support, our campaign is in a strong position as we head into the last 100 days of this campaign," says Portman, in a campaign statement. "With what we think is a record 16,000 plus individual contributors at this point in the campaign, you've shown everyone the depth and strength of our support."

"Ohio voters are clearly troubled by Congressman Portman's 20 years in Washington supporting tax breaks for exporting Ohio jobs," responds Fisher spokesperson John Collins, in a statement. "Lee will have the resources he needs to make the choice clear – between Congressman Portman's 20 years in Washington and Lee's work to create jobs in Ohio."

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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. w l jones

    Fifty six million of tax payer monies could have created a lot of job in Ohio instead went in one man pocket. No wonder it is taken so lone to see the improvement in our economy.

    July 8, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  2. JonDie

    Money buys elections, but Ohioans seem to like corrupt politicians.

    July 8, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  3. Charles

    Now that corporations can donate money, thanks to the Supreme Court, it should not surprise anyone to see Republicans raking in the cash and buying elections. I'm sure that BP will own a few of them.

    July 8, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  4. larry

    "Republican Rob Portman out raised Democrat Lee Fisher by a more than two-to-one margin." This is no surprise since the rich do nothing republicans pay next to nothing in taxes.

    July 8, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  5. Ben

    larry – "This is no surprise since the rich do nothing republicans pay next to nothing in taxes"

    What about all those rich do-nothing Democrats? Or are you just applying your usual Democrat double standard?

    July 8, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  6. Ben

    JonDie – "Money buys elections, but Ohioans seem to like corrupt politicians"

    Says who? Money buys Democrats elections too. Or haven't you heard?

    July 8, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  7. Pearlie McLaughlin

    Go get 'em, Rob Portman! Godspeed!

    July 8, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  8. a5153

    Isn’t it amazing how some continue to believe that blaming President Bush for everything still works. I am absolutely ill with their contempt. So why not put this thought out there: they did it as a matter of preemptive damage control.

    July 8, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  9. Spokaloo...Hey CNN How about letting me participate by posting my comment for a change.

    A recent article reported that among the 10 wealthiest Senators in Washington, 8 are Democrats and 2 are Republicans.
    Look it up...Search it out...

    It seems like it's the Democrats with both hands in the cookie jar...Not the Republicans...It looks like the Democratic elected officials are the ones who by-and-large seem to be looking out for their own personal interests...

    ...just an observation

    July 8, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  10. James M. Holmes

    Fisher will beat him by more than 6 points – count on it. Ohio has been screwed enough by Republicans!

    Only the most ignorant goobers still think the GOP cares about anyone but corporations and the super-rich!

    July 8, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  11. Cynthia - Arkansas

    They Republicans have ALL the money now, Is this a surprise? They just voted to stop unemployment benefits for those in the most need. I wouldn't brag. Oh yea, they have no shame.

    July 8, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  12. Jeff from Ohio

    Rich people pay no taxes? What country are you living in? Because the "rich" in the United States pay the MOST in taxes. Its called a progressive tax system. The more you make, the higher your tax rate.

    Did you miss the story where 47% of Americans pay NO income tax? Why aren't you talking about those 47% rather than focusing on "the rich" who actually DO pay income taxes?

    And do you really think only Republicans receive campaign contributions? Obama raised the most money of any Presidential candidate in history.

    July 8, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  13. Willy Brown

    Americia has had enough of the anti americian democrrat party.

    July 8, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  14. Larry

    I'm from Cincinnati and Ohio has been as hard hit as anyone by this recession.

    Just because they splash their names on the screen doesn't mean they're going to get elected.

    Those days are over. We're watching closer now.

    July 8, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  15. they call me "tater salad"

    .........And if you take all that corporate money out of the equation, the Republicans wouldn't have squat..........That's pretty much a no brainer!

    July 8, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |