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Snapchat Filter to Highlight Strickland's Cuts to Higher Education at OSU Event

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Today, the Portman for Senate Campaign announced it purchased a Snapchat geofilter surrounding Ted Strickland's meeting with The Ohio State University College Democrats this evening. The filter reminds users at Lazenby Hall that Strickland made devastating cuts to higher education. Despite his newfound campaign rhetoric and attempts to hide from his record, when Strickland was governor he forced devastating budget cuts that left no student untouched. An image of the filter is below. Users can snap a picture and place the filter on top of their photos.


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Earlier today, the Portman for Senate Campaign placed Snapchat filters at the Clinton-Biden rally in Mahoning Valley reminding voters that over 100,000 union workers and families are rejecting Ted Strickland by highlighting Rob's endorsements from the Ohio Conference of Teamsters - which represents over 50,000 members from across Ohio - and Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) of Ohio - the state's largest law enforcement union representing more than 25,000 members. The filters will also be available for the Clinton-Biden rally this afternoon. In case you missed it, here is what Jacqueline Alemany from CBS News had to say about the Portman for Senate Campaign's use of Snapchat at today's events:

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"Unlike Ted Strickland, Rob Portman has offered solutions to keep college affordable by increasing access to college credits for high school students, strengthening college savings accounts, lowering student loan rates, and helping low-income students get a college degree," s
aid Portman campaign spokesperson Michawn Rich said. “Ohio students have no greater enemy than Ted Strickland when it comes to making college affordable or providing a better future for the next generation. Today, we are using Snapchat to remind students that when Strickland was governor, not only did Ohio lose more than 350,000 jobs and rank 48th in job creation, but Strickland also cut funding for colleges and universities by $170 million, reversed his promise to freeze tuition, and drove up costs for students."

Last September, the Portman for Senate Campaign launched its Students for Portman coalition with campus coordinators on nearly 30 college and university campuses across the State of Ohio - including The Ohio State Univeristy. This group helps the Portman campaign organize and mobilize students on campus and will help communicate Rob Portman’s record to ensure that every student who wants a good job after graduation can find one. Click HERE or on the video below to watch the “Students for Portman” video.

Last week, the Portman for Senate Campaign announced it purchased over 30 Snapchat Geofilters across Ohio to blanket college campuses as students return to classes for the start of the fall semester. In addition, Snapchat users at The Ohio State University were able to show support for Rob during move-in day in one filter and in another filter students were encouraged to join the campaign as interns during an activity fair. In total, the campaign targeted over 30 different colleges and universities with individual filters specific to the school, with more to come. Images of the some of the filters are below.

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In May, as thousands of students across Ohio were graduating from college, the Portman for Senate Campaign released “Higher Education,” a web ad reminding students which candidate has their backs. The ad compared former Governor Ted Strickland’s harmful cuts to colleges and universities and Rob’s bipartisan record of standing up for Ohio students and fighting to make college accessible and affordable. You may click HERE or on the video below to watch “Higher Education.”

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BACKGROUND:
Strickland cut funding for Ohio’s colleges and universities 

“The budget agreement also cuts by $170 million over two years the primary source of state funding to higher education. So instead of the tuition freeze in 2010 as Strickland proposed, state universities and colleges will be able to raise tuition by 3.5% over each of the next two years.” (The Columbus Dispatch, July 11, 2009)

For students at Ohio State University in Columbus, this could mean an extra $300 a year in tuition.” (Tuition freeze casualty of Ohio budget cuts, Associated Press, July 8, 2009)


Rob Portman’s Bipartisan Record of Standing up for Ohio Students and Making College Accessible and Affordable:

Rob helped introduce and supported a bipartisan student loan deal that was signed into law to stop student loan interest rates from skyrocketing.

Rob is fighting for the Repay Act, legislation that helps college graduates with student loan consolidation and practical repayment options.

“U.S. Senator Rob Portman is supporting an effort to expand access to college and make it more affordable for students, parents, and families struggling to make ends meet with a series of initiatives, including Flexible Repayment Options for Graduates. Portman is a cosponsor of the Repay Act, which consolidates student loan repayment programs and gives borrowers a choice of either a 10-year fixed repayment or an income-driven repayment plan – making the system work for them.” (Portman calls for lower tuition costs, Portsmouth Daily Times, April 20, 2016)

“U.S. Senator Rob Portman is supporting an effort to expand access to college and make it more affordable for students, parents, and families struggling to make ends meet with a series of initiatives, including Flexible Repayment Options for Graduates. Portman is a cosponsor of the Repay Act, which consolidates student loan repayment programs and gives borrowers a choice of either a 10-year fixed repayment or an income-driven repayment plan – making the system work for them.” (Portman calls for lower tuition costs, Portsmouth Daily Times, April 20, 2016)

Rob supports the Perkins Loan Program and successfully fought for its extension, which helped secure financial aid for nearly 25,000 Ohio students. (Sen. Rob Portman addresses college debt in Ohio, WKBN, December 12, 2015)

Rob cosponsored legislation to expand 529 college savings plans for parents saving money for their children’s tuition and college expenses.

Rob introduced the Stop Taxing Death and Disability Act alongside Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Angus King (I-ME), which expands student loan forgiveness.

Rob introduced the Making the Education of Nursing Dependable (MEND) for Schools Act alongside Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), which ensures nursing education programs don’t lose needed Medicare payments.

Rob introduced the Go to High School, Go to College Act alongside Representative Marcia Fudge (D-OH-11), which makes college more affordable by allowing high school students to use Pell Grants prior to officially entering college.

When Rob was Budget Director, he proposed increasing the maximum Pell Grant award by over 17%. (Increased Federal investment in the Pell Grant program, February 5, 2007)

Rob introduced the Career and Technical Education Excellence and Equity Act alongside Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), which helps tailor high school education to students’ future careers through increased workplace skills training and access to early college credits.

Rob co-founded alongside Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), the bipartisan Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus.

Rob authored the CAREER Act alongside Michael Bennet (D-CO), which improves worker-retraining programs. President Obama signed portions of this legislation into law in July 2014.

Rob authored the Career Ready Act alongside Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Tammy Baldwin (D- WI), which improves school counseling programs to help better connect job seekers with employers. President Obama signed this legislation into law in December 2015.

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