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Portman for Senate Statement on Ted Strickland's Dismal Fundraising Report

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Following Ted Strickland's Thursday afternoon news dump of a disappointing $1.9 million raised (not a typo), the Portman for Senate campaign released the following statement: 

"It's been a tough day for Ted Strickland. Ted personally set a goal of raising $20 million for this race, and he’s failed miserably because Ohio voters know they simply can’t afford a return to Retread Ted’s Ohio when the state lost more than 350,000 jobs and ranked 48th in job creation," Portman spokesperson Michawn Rich said. "Ted's lackluster, low-energy fundraising report is the latest disappointment to the dismay of national Democrats and Harry Reid’s Super PAC which is being forced to spend millions of dollars to paper over Ted’s horrible record of refusing to stand up to China and failing Ohio as governor."

Fundraising by Senate Democrat Challengers

Candidate

Q2 Fundraising

COH

Feingold (WI)

$4.1 million

TBA

Hassan (NH)

$3.2 million

$4.2 million

McGinity (PA)

$2.9 million

TBA

Cortez-Masto (NV)

$2.9 million

TBA

Duckworth (IL)

$2.7 million

$5.5 million

Murphy (FL)

$2.4 million

$7.2 million

Ross (NC)

$2.1 million

TBA

Ted Strickland

$1.9 million

$4 million

Background:

  • Portman raised $3.8 million in the second quarter of 2016 and will report more than $13 million cash on hand. Last year, the campaign raised a record-setting total of $9.8 million, a record for an off-year in Ohio and the most of any targeted Senate campaign in 2015.

  • April 8, 2015 - Ted Strickland: "When I ran for governor, I raised about 20 million. I think this race will be at least as costly." (Strickland not surprised by poll results, WKYC)
  • April 19, 2015 - Ted called "Fundraising Loser" for the first quarter by The Hill (Senate fundraising winners and losers, The Hill)
  • July 8, 2015 - Ted Strickland Far Behind in the Fund-Raising Goals Advisers Proposed (Cleveland.com)
  • July 16, 2015 - Ted called a "Fundraising Loser" for the second quarter by The Washington Post (Winners and losers from the second quarter of fundraising, Washington Post)
  • January 6, 2016 - Strickland's campaign has not released his fundraising numbers yet, but his early efforts have lagged. (Portman campaign claims fundraising record, The Hill)
  • January 6, 2016 - GOP's Portman nears $10M raised in US Senate re-election bid (Akron Beacon Journal)
  • January 13, 2016 - Despite a decades-long career of winning tough races, the former governor and congressman has fallen short of fundraising goals (Ted Strickland's Ohio woes, National Journal)
  • April 4, 2016 - Portman has been trouncing Democratic rival Ted Strickland when it comes to raising money. (Rob Portman continues fundraising dominance over Ted Strickland, Cleveland.com)
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