As much as money has become a curse in American politics, distorting and skewing it so radically that it’s hardly recognizable anymore as being democratic, raising it is still at the core of modern day politics.
In that vein, an announcement Tuesday by Ohio U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown’s campaign that he had a good quarter in the game of fundraising comes as welcome news.
Friends of Sherrod Brown raised more than $2.6 million in the third quarter of 2017 and will report having $8.3 million cash on hand, according to a media release Tuesday.
“This matches Sherrod’s best off-year quarter ever, $2.6 million raised in the second quarter of this year,” said Preston Maddock, a Brown campaign spokesman.
Maddock added that Brown’s campaign “has more than double what it had at this point in the victorious 2012 election cycle.” That victory nearly six years ago was against Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, who is hoping to get the Republican nomination to take on Brown against next year.
“While billionaire-backed special interests pour money into our state in an attempt to buy this senate seat, Ohioans are rallying to Sherrod’s campaign,” said Justin Barasky, campaign manager for Friends of Sherrod Brown. “The overwhelming support is a testament to Sherrod’s record of delivering for Ohio, and the importance of reelecting him in 2018. Ohioans know Sherrod is on their side, fighting against the out-of-state special interests who profit from the dysfunction they helped create.”
Brown is the only major Democrat to hold a statewide seat, and to win a third term next year will take plenty of money to stay competitive against Republicans who hope to harness the fury Trump harnessed last year when he took Ohio over Hillary Clinton by miles.
No stranger to populist campaigning, Brown is out in the field, literally, as he ventures into rural Ohio counties that went ruby red for Trump. Ever the champion of working class Ohioans, Brown needs all the help he can get, since Democrats occupy no other statewide seats and can’t lend the prestige of important state offices in endorsements.
Should Brown win again next year, like he did in 2012, he will deny GOP headhunters their fervent wish to add his head to a wall of victory.