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Monday, July 16, 2007

In Ohio, Romney and Obama Are Tops At Raising $$$$

COLUMBUS (TDB) -- A new Federal Election Commission data set for 2008 presidential fundraising shows the Democrats have raised more money in Ohio than the Republicans. In all, $2.7 million has been contributed through the second quarter of 2007. The Dems got nearly $1.5 million of the total.

Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., who is due in Cincinnati for a July 17 fundraiser, has picked up $491,014, which puts him atop the Demo field. Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, has $701,662 on the Republican side.

There is one Ohioan in the presidential race, U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich. The Cleveland Democrat has raised $15,376 in his home state, which is less than Republican long shot Ron Paul, a Texas congressman running with a libertarian bent. Most of the money Kucinich has gotten in Ohio, $8,400, has come from Cuyahoga County, where he lives.

One maxim of Ohio politics has been holding true, the data set shows. Cincinnatians like to write checks for Republicans. Almost one-third of the cash generated for the presidential candidates to date has come from Cincinnati area Zip codes. The FEC data comes in an interactive map that a fun tool to track fundraising.


  1. By examining the interactive map I have to conclude the resident of North Dakota are pretty bright. That state has tossed the least amount of money at the candidates.

    We decry the the "fact" that candidates need to raise so much money to be competitive. Real problem is they need to raise so much money because they spend campaign donations as irresponsibly as they spend money confiscated from tax payers. Look at McCain. He talks fiscal responsibility, but look how he has blown through millions on a campaign which is barely started. He wasted money on lavish parties in an attempt to raise more money to waste.

  2. I wonder how many Ohioans are waiting to donate to Thompson or some other candidate. I am not one of them, just throwing that out there.