Over $3.5 million raised for campaign; $1 million raised for Ohio Republican Party
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Portman for Senate campaign today announced its largest fundraising quarter of the cycle with Portman raising over $4.5 million in the third quarter of 2016, including over $3.5 million for the campaign and $1 million for the Ohio Republican Party through the Portman Victory Committee. The campaign will report over $7.6 million cash-on-hand and now has more than 20,000 individual donors from Ohio, representing more than 80 percent of the campaign's donors. The campaign surpassed 4 million voter contacts last week and launched a $15 million ad buy on June 1st. 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.
"The momentum behind Rob continues to grow as we set both Ohio fundraising and grassroots records having recently surpassed 4 million voter contacts," said campaign manager Corry Bliss. "As Democrats pull support from Ted Strickland's failing campaign and non-existent field program, people across Ohio support Rob because he is getting results for Ohio families. 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, the Portman for Senate campaign launched an aggressive volunteer grassroots program that recently surpassed 4 million targeted voter contacts. Since May of last year, thousands of volunteers and interns have knocked on doors and made phone calls – including to 107,906 during our last Super Saturday – talking to voters about the issues they care most about and why Rob is the best choice in the race for Ohio’s U.S. Senate seat.
Yesterday, an influential group of 30 prominent African American pastors, including many Democrats and former supporters of Ted Strickland, endorsed Rob.
Over the past several months, Rob has received the endorsements of several unions that previously supported Strickland, including the Ohio Conference of Teamsters, the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police, the IUOE Local 18, and the United Mine Workers of America.
The campaign has launched seven coalitions: the African American Leadership Council, the Veterans Leadership Council, Women for Portman, Sportsmen for Portman, the Hispanic Leadership Council, Small Business Coalition, and the Students for Portman Coalition which has college chairs on over 30 campuses across Ohio. The campaign now has 11 field offices across Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland, Toledo, Dayton, Delaware County, and Athens.