Political corruption has been at the forefront of public discourse in this country for the better part of the last decade. Ohioans, and Americans as a whole, are justifiably sick and tired of seeing their elected representatives being bought and paid for by special interest groups and with large wads of cash from corporations, lobbying firms and all manner of seedy factions.
Ohio’s own bout with this corruption has come in the form of the ECOT scandal, a years-long scam that saw Republican officials throughout the state’s government paid off — to the tune of millions of dollars — […]Full Story... →
Zack Space, the Democratic candidate for State Auditor, recently received the endorsement of the Columbus Dispatch. The candidate that was cozy with ECOT did not get the Dispatch endorsement. The point here is not who was endorsed but the fact that ECOT is toxic to those that aided and abetted the fraud-ridden business operation. The Columbus Dispatch states: “(Space’s) plan to increase the number of special audits is a good use of the auditor’s powers, for example to assess the full impact on the public of for-profit charter-school operating companies and the controversial embrace of private […]Full Story... →
Campaign finance reports were due today, and in all four of the downticket races — for Attorney General, Secretary of State, Treasurer and Auditor — Democrats outraised their Republican counterparts.Full Story... →
Meet Republican State Senator Bob Gibbs. He’s running against Congressman Zach Space because the last Republican Space crushed decided he really didn’t want to go through with a recount to win the nomination for “token GOPer to get beat by Space.”
So, Gibbs got the honor. Not a single pundit. Not one. Has listed this race as a race likely to flip. It hasn’t made it on the Top 50 of anyone’s radar screen.
So what does the NRCC do? They call Gibbs a “Young Gun.”
After the last reporting FEC reporting deadline, Gibbs was facing […]Full Story... →
The Federal Elections Commission has notified State Senator Bob Gibbs (R), who is challenging Congressman Zach Space, that he must return over $50,000 in donations because they exceeded the lawful maximum donation amounts under federal law. As BSB already noted, that’s around 25% of Gibbs’ most recent cash-on-hand total.
Over half of that amount is based on donations made by the Ohio Republican Party. And despite getting a massive amount of apparently, illegal, donations from the Ohio GOP, Gibbs was still facing a 6:1 cash-on-hand disadvantage to Space.
Two weeks ago, I noted how the NRCC […]Full Story... →
So some in the conservative blogsphere is getting the vapors over a Gibbs poll (where did he get the money to conduct a poll with only $200k on hand to Space’s over $1.2 million?) that shows him virtually tied with Space.
This is the same playbook that David Yost has already tried:
With fledging resources and growing speculation that your race is not worth a “bailout” by the NRCC which is poised to drop your race off its radar, even in a good GOP year, you quickly hire a virtually unknown polling outfit which caters to creating favorable […]Full Story... →
I’ll update this as the day goes on.
First, we have NBC Political Director Chuck Todd on Twitter:
More evidence that OH Dem Gov Ted Strickland may be in better shape than supposed C.W.: he nabbed NRA nod over GOPer Kasich.
“More evidence” is an obvious reference to the Ohio Poll and Friday’s campaign finance reports.
Matt Naugle at Right Ohio:
John Kasich has repeatedly apologized for his vote on the assault weapons ban, noting that it doesn’t reduce crime. But Ted Strickland’s votes in Congress on guns are still better.
Clearly, with […]Full Story... →
(HT: Dave Harding at Progress Ohio)
Within days of the recount in the GOP primary being called off with former Taft Agriculture Director/’08 nominee Fred Daily concede to freshman State Senator Bob Gibbs, the Zack Space congressional campaign wasted no time taking a swing at Gibbs with a fore-star attack ad that will have Gibbs asking for a mulligan on the GOP primary.Full Story... →
Looks like labor in Ohio is about to make an example out of Zack Space.
Some labor leaders have been frustrated that Space hasn?t paid any price for changing his vote from ?yes? to ?no? for what they see as?politically opportunistic reasons. The announcement is part of an effort to demonstrate to the second-termer in a reddish district ? and to other vulnerable Democrats who voted ‘no’ on the bill ? that they?re serious.
Becky Williams, the president of SEIU District 1199, has begun encouraging those who care about the health care law to ?Skip a Space? […]Full Story... →
According to politico undecided Ohio superdelegate Zack Space met with Barack Obama yesterday.
Obama also met with : Gabrielle Giffords (Ariz.), Dan Boren (Okla.), Mike McIntyre (N.C.), Melancon (La,), Tim Mahoney (Fla.) and Jim Costa (Calif.).
Afterward, Obama visited the House floor where he was mobbed by members from both sides of the aisle and even asked to autograph the cover of today’s New York Daily News, with the headling “It’s His Party.”Full Story... →
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