COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Portman for Senate campaign today announced that it raised $2.4 million in the first quarter of 2016 and will report $13.5 million cash on hand. The campaign raised $1.3 million in the last five weeks following $1.1 million raised in the FEC pre-primary period covering January 1st to February 24th. The campaign now has more than 12,000 individual donors from Ohio, representing more than 80% of the campaign's donors. 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.
"We're proud of the growing support behind Rob and our grassroots organization which recently surpassed 1,500,000 voter contacts through our unprecedented door-to-door and phone programs," said campaign manager Corry Bliss. "People across Ohio support Rob because he is getting results for Ohio families, and voters across the state know they simply can't afford a return to Ted Strickland's Ohio when the state lost more than 350,000 jobs and ranked 48th in the country in job creation."
In 2015, Portman for Senate campaign launched an aggressive volunteer grassroots program that recently surpassed 1,500,000 voter contacts through its door-to-door and phone programs. The campaign has launched five coalitions: the African American Leadership Council, the Veterans Leadership Council, Women for Portman, Sportsmen for Portman, and the Students for Portman Coalition which has college chairs on over 30 campuses across Ohio. Portman has now been endorsed by the Ohio Republican Party State Central Committee, over 500 key Ohio Republican leaders, including the entire Republican Congressional delegation, all statewide elected Republicans, nearly 90 percent of Republican members of the State House and Senate, and by over 15,000 grassroots leaders across the state. The campaign now has field offices in Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland, Toledo, and Dayton.