Online Donations To Strickland’s Campaign Tripled Following Portman’s Refusal To Consider SCOTUS Nominee
COLUMBUS, OH — Today the Strickland for Senate campaign announced that it raised over $1.5 million in the first quarter of 2016 (January 1st to March 31st) and will report over $2.7 million cash on hand.
During this quarter, online donations to Strickland's campaign more than tripled in the period following Senator Rob Portman’s refusal to even consider the Supreme Court nominee. In a further sign of the campaign’s broad and strong grassroots support, the campaign received over 29,000 contributions and over 90 percent of the contributions received were under $50.00. The campaign’s fundraising amount include the pre-primary period and the last five weeks of the quarter.
“The strong, grassroots support our campaign is receiving is more proof that Ted’s message of fighting for working families is resonating with Ohioans,” said Strickland for Senate Campaign Manager Rebecca Pearcey. “Senator Rob Portman is the ultimate Washington insider, an outsourcer with a long record of supporting unfair trade deals that have sent hundreds of thousands of our jobs to places like China — and Portman's refusal to do his job and even consider the Supreme Court nominee has sparked a grassroots backlash against him. Ohioans across the state are backing Ted because they know he’s a champion for working people — that’s where he’s from, that’s who he cares about that’s who he'll always put first in the Senate.”
The campaign will file its fundraising report electronically with the Federal Election Commission, continuing to highlight Strickland's call for increased transparency in campaign finance. In October of 2015, Strickland announced his support for the Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act, which would require electronic filing for Senate campaigns — increasing disclosure, saving money and stopping the archaic, wasteful practice of spending U.S. tax dollars on foreign workers in places like India to enter campaign finance data.
Despite up to $15 million spent by Portman and allied groups, Strickland is leading Senator Portman in recent polling. Larry Sabato of the UVA Center for Politics,The Cook Political Report and The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report have all recently downgraded Portman’s re-election chances, calling the race a “tossup.”