From the daily archives: Sunday, June 13, 2010

In other campaign finance report news, the Ohio House Democratic Caucus, which is working to keep the Democrats in the majority in the Ohio House of Representatives demonstrated that they are crushing the Republican House Caucus.

The Democrats have over $6.1 million on hand to the Republicans $2.5 million.  That’s nearly a 3:1 cash on hand advantage.

The Democrats also reported raising $2.1 million to the Republican $500k. A 4:1 advantage.

The House Democratic Caucus nearly raised as much as the total amount that the Republicans had on hand after the last reporting period!

Wow.

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The Dayton Daily News has the story that points out that when Kasich first ran for Congress in 1982 he released three years of his full tax returns and attacked his Democratic incumbent for not doing the same.

This is pure hypocrisy,” said Lis Smith, spokesman for Gov. Ted Strickland’s re-election campaign. “After releasing his tax returns and touting his transparency in his 1982 campaign for Congress, Congressman Kasich is now saying that Ohioans don’t have a right to know how much money he made working at Lehman Brothers, sitting on corporate boards, and giving paid professional speeches […]

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Jon Keeling gave it the old college try.  But the problem is that his post defending Kasich worse than expected campaign finance report winds up revealing just how bad the numbers for Kasich really were.

All that being said, the incumbent Governor still leads the challenger in cash-on-hand. As he should. After all, he’s been in office for nearly four years. That’s what’s supposed to happen.

Maybe that would work a year or two ago when nobody really was considering the race.  But this should be the time an establishment challenger like Kasich should be closing the gap.  […]

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