Yep, today’s the deadline for the Statewide candidates (except for the U.S. Senate) to report their August fundraising haul.  And yet again, they don’t actually have to report their spending, so any cash-on-hand figures you see bandied about is highly misleading and shouldn’t be trusted.  That’s why I’m not going to run them in this post.

We’ll update this post as the reports are filed today.

Governor:

  • Governor Ted Strickland (D): $1.4 million.  A $72k donation by the Franklin County Democratic Party, but no sizeable donation from the Ohio Democratic Party.  This is the first report where ODP was not listed as Strickland’s biggest donor, and he still outraised Kasich.
  • Congressman John Kasich (R): $1.28 million.  Kasich got maximum donations from the Summit County GOP and anti-campaign finance reform foe, ironically named, Citizens United.  This is about a $1 million drop off in fund raising for Kasich in a month.
  • Ken Matesz (Libertarian): $1,525.00. (Twice what he raised in July)
  • Dennis Spisak (Green): $12.00 from a single donor.  Four years ago, the Green Party’s candidate for Governor raised over $1,600 in August—over 133 times what their current candidate has raised.  Wow.

Secretary of State:

  • Former Speaker/State Senator Jon Husted (R): $263,457.  Husted reported raising $325,000 in July, so this is a significant drop in his donations in a month.  However, we’re getting to that phase where campaigns move away from fundraising and start spending.
  • Franklin County Clerk of Courts Maryellen O’Shaughnessy (D): $58,116.81.  Oh boy.   Best thing I can say about this race is that despite her late entrance, O’Shaughnessy has raised as much total money at this point as Jennifer Brunner did in her successful campaign in 2006.  The bad news, of course, is that the environment is much worse for a Democratic candidate and Brunner wasn’t facing an over 4:1 cash-on-hand disadvantage like O’Shaughnessy is likely facing.
  • Former State Rep. Charles Earl (Libertarian/former Republican): $1,350.00 (First filed report)

State Auditor:

  • Hamilton County Commissioner David Pepper (D): $176,596.12  Pepper saw a smaller than Yost decrease in his fundraising.  ODP kicked in a $5k for his July report and $6k in August.
  • Delaware County Prosecutor David Yost (R): $107,026.00.  ($20k from the Ohio GOP just yesterday to boost his totals.)  That’s less than half what he reported raising last month (of course, nearly half of that month’s haul was a $100k donation the Ohio GOP made at the last possible minute,too.)  Not looking good for Team Yost.
  • Mike Howard, CPA (Libertarian): $70.00 from two donors.

Attorney General:

  • Ohio Attorney General Rich Cordray (D): $429,040.70.  However $132k of that came from a donation today by the Ohio Democratic Party.  Still that keep Cordray at only slightly less than what he raised last month.
  • Former U.S Senator Mike DeWine (R): $414,175.14.  However, DeWine got today $215,000 from the Ohio GOP, so nearly 52% of his money came in today by Kevin DeWine deciding to cut his cousin’s non-Apportionment Board race a big check that is over ten times what they gave to the Auditor’s race.  Expect David Yost, who was recruited to run for Auditor and drop his primary challenge to DeWine by the Ohio GOP, and others blow up.
  • Robert Owens (Constitution): $6,227.  That’s slightly more than he raised in July and more than he raised in August ‘08 as a Independent candidate in the special election.
  • Dr. Marc Feldman, M.D. (Libertarian): $0.00

State Treasurer:

  • State Treasurer Kevin Boyce (D): $133,823.46.  Second worse performance of any incumbent statewide Democrat except for Chief Justice Brown who only raised $104k.  Not exactly the kind of numbers to believe that Boyce, an incumbent, is closing the gap with his challenger.
  • State Rep. Josh Mandel (R): $172,891.  Okay, so Mandel didn’t widen the gap as much as I feared when I saw Boyce’s numbers.  Still he’s likely sitting on a 3:1 fundraising advantage, and there’s simply not enough time for Boyce to close the gap any more.
  • Matthew Cantrell (Libertarian): $0.00.  (Yes, he filed a report.)

Yost got $100k from the Ohio GOP during the July reporting period but only $20k yesterday.  As a result of the Ohio GOP’s decision to reduce the amount they’re funding his race anymore, Yost’s fundraising has dropped over 53% in a month.  That’s not what you’d expect if the Ohio GOP believed in their polling in an Apportionment Board race where their candidate is already facing a massive cash-on-hand disadvantage.  Lo0ks like the GOP is giving up on the Auditor’s race.

Pepper, on the other hand, has not been dependent on his State party to fund his campaign, but actually saw a very small increase in State support in the past month.  Pepper is smoking Yost for the second month in the row once you take State Party money out of the picture.  Yost is at such a financial disadvantage, you almost wonder if Taylor staying put would have been better for the GOP.  Can Kasich bail out Yost by asking him to also be his running mate?

Mike DeWine gets over $200k from the Ohio Republican Party, which his cousin chairs.  By and large, he got the most from his State Party than any other candidate.  Meanwhile, the Republican candidate for State Auditor, the only Apportionment Board seat the GOP is defending, gets less than one-tenth that amount.  Things like that makes it hard to assume that moving Yost into the Auditor’s race really was nothing more than a bailout for Mike DeWine, and not about the Auditor’s race.  I don’t get the ORP’s priorities here.

I expected Strickland to raise more.  Not because anyone told me, too, but I just expected that with the Obama and Biden fundraising trip last month they’d raise closer to what they raised last month.  The campaign noted that they’ve still raised more money than any other Democratic candidate for Governor and raised more per day than they have this cycle.  Given Kasich’s late July-August ad buys, I’m guess that Strickland actually has about a $3 million cash-on-hand advantage at this point. That’s actually a bigger advantage than Strickland probably had at this point in 2006.

O’Shaughnessy is facing the biggest financial disadvantage of any statewide candidate this year with the exception of maybe Lee Fisher (depend on how much Lee and Portman have raised/spent since their last report in July.)  Boyce didn’t lose much ground, but he really needed to close some and didn’t.  Incumbents, in any environment, don’t ordinarily get out raised, let alone by nearly 3:1. 

It was a huge legal achievement for minor party candidates to get better ballot access this election.  Despite a political environment in which voters do not like either of the two major parties, you’d think this would be an ideal time for a minor party challenge.  However, it appears that the minor party candidates in Ohio have never done financially worse.

But Strickland, Cordray, and Pepper look good!

  • Anastasjoy

    So — no candidate who actually raised money raised less than the mighty Dennis Spisak? As you said, “wow.” I would definitely say Bob Fitrakis in 2006 was a 133 times better candidate than Spisak in all respects.

  • Modern Esquire

    No, the Liberterian candidate for State Treasurer reported raising no money. Spisak raised the least of any statewide candidate that raised any money.

  • Dennis Spisak

    Kiss My Ass!

  • Anonymous

    You can’t even afford to spot me the gas money to do so.

  • seditious

    Don’t let the bastards get you down, Spisak.

    I respect anyone who has the courage to run for public office. And I’m more likely to support candidates who aren’t whoring for tycoons and corporations.

  • Anonymous

    i’m not voting for a single dem in november. spisak and la botz have my votes for gov and senate, respectively. i’ll leave the rest of the ballot blank. gf also plans to vote green and socialist at the top of the ticket. we’re both lobbying her oldest kid to vote similarly but we think she’s not going to vote at all. she’s one of those kids who bought into the hope and change thing and now feels duped.

  • Classy as always, Dennis. Classy as always.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe merkans are a little too concerned with having “class” and need to develop some class consciousness. If that were to happen the dems and gop would collapse into one corporate-loving entity to fend off the newly minted party or parties of the left.

  • Dennis Spisak

    Joe:

    I’m a straight shooter and don’t mince any words……Sorry!

  • Modern Esquire

    Straight shooter? You’ve lied in just about every post you’ve written. Embarassingly so.

  • Anonymous

    why does it matter, modern? you’ve denigrated spisak’s campaign for months. if his run for governor is such a fringe joke, why go out of your way to antagonize? i might not be able to afford a contribution to his campaign, but i sure as heck can stand at a polling place for him. like i’ve said before, most ohioans don’t know they have options to the two major parties. they’ll learn.

  • maybe spisak is a republican plant? not like it hasn’t happened before:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/07/us/politics/07candidates.html

  • Anonymous

    Ok, eric. The thought has occurred to me. Tell ya what I’ll do: I’m gonna go on a fact-finding mission. I’ll make contact with some state and national Greens to see what they have to say about Spisak. If Dennis is a plant, I’ll loudly proclaim it to anyone who will listen. Deal?

  • Anonymous

    I just got off the phone with the national office of green party usa and they regard dennis spisak as a legitimate green party candidate for governor of the state of ohio.

  • lol. u did? i was…well…you know…kidding. lol. good for you though taking that proactive political action. now, ponder for a bit the REASON republicans would field green candidates – which was really my original point that you missed.

  • Anonymous

    Leave it to the yuppie to miss my point entirely: that if one is seeking progressive solutions one doesn’t put any faith in the democrapic party. Good luck, you guys. You’re gonna need it.

  • Yes. I’ll either put my faith in a party who has never won office (a prerequisite for solutions) or in the party that uses the party who has never won office to drain votes from the only party who can compete with it. Good advice. Very good advice. Yuppie? LOL What year is this?

  • Anonymous

    You can put your faith in jebus for all I care. Democrats are spineless wankers and they will pay the price for that in november, the key component to the equation being that they won’t learn a damned thing from it. This country will eventually have a major party of the Left. Until then american politics will only be a waste of time as it is now. I’m voting green and socialist in november. It’ll make me feel good.

  • no thanks. i’m buddhist. dems will not pay the price for anything other than an economy in the tank – the architects of which now wanting to enter the smoldering building and sort for loose change. I gave up politics as a feel good exercise years ago.

  • Anonymous

    It’s not only the economy, buddhist. It’s how it could have been dealt with, and for that the dems earn a great big FAIL. They have chosen wall street interests and war. I’ll have no part in it. My days of true political activism are behind me, but whenever possible I’ll take as many votes out of the D column as possible. Watch the totals out of Lorain’s 1st ward this november. Without my efforts there would be only two green and socialist votes. This satanist guarantees far more.

  • Eric. You can call me Eric, Satan.

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