Republican Rob Portman raised $1.7 million for his U.S. Senate campaign during the second quarter of 2009 -- more money than both his Democratic rivals combined.
"I'm very pleased with it," Portman said at Washington, D.C. press conference. "We had a great response from all corners of the state."
Portman, a former Cincinnati-area congressman who held two Cabinet posts under President George W. Bush, ended the quarter with $4.3 million in the bank. About $1.4 million of that was left over from the war chest he accumulated in the House of Representatives. He's raised $3.4 million during the election cycle.
Ohio Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher, one of two Democrats seeking the Senate seat to be vacated by George Voinovich's retirement, raised more than $900,000 in the quarter, bringing his fund-raising total to $1.9 million. Fisher has about $1.48 million left in the bank.
His competition in the Democratic primary, Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, raised $228,000 in the second quarter, slightly more than the first quarter total of $207,000. ...
UPDATE: 5:15 p.m.
Portman faces a primary challenge from Northeast Ohio car dealer Tom Ganley who officially launched his campaign July 1. Ganley raised $103,600, campaign spokesman Jeff Longstreth said.
About Portman's money, he offered this in a statement:
"Washington insiders and the political establishment don't like Tom Ganley and that's obvious by this filing," he said. "The good news is he doesn't need their money and won't owe them anything once he gets to the US Senate."
Comment: Mr. Ganley is incorrect concerning one thing; he does need their money, because the special interest and political parties have created the situation we have today where astronomical amounts of monies are spent on senatorial campaigns. The proponents of 17th Amendment said corruption and insider advantage would be removed with the amendment's passage; well it hasn't and has gotten worst.
Folks, step away from the left-right paradigm, this is not about democrat verses republican; it is about a process that has been corrupted by the two main political parties to their advantage and fueled through the deep pockets of special interest. But here Mr Ganley is correct: Portman, if elected, will owe some groups quite a bit in return for the money they gave him.
Do you want to end this? Then get on board with the repeal the 17th movement. Write your state and local officials and tell them you want the 17th Amendment repealed and the rightful place of the States restored within the framework of the Federal Government. Tell them you want to stop special interest groups and political parties from perverting our system of government. But I have to tell you time is growing short, as the statists are gaining greater control of our government. Very soon it will be too late.