WASHINGTON — Conservative groups have poured $9.4 million into the Ohio Senate race to help State Treasurer Josh Mandel (R). That’s nearly five times more than what Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) has received from progressive groups. Yet if you ask Mandel, he’s the underdog in the money race.
“There’s no way in the world we’re going to have as much money as they are,” Mandel said at a campaign event on Thursday in Dublin, Ohio. “What we have on our side is something more important. It’s called the silent majority.”
In fact, Mandel already has much more outside money on his side than Brown does. According to figures provided by the Brown campaign, progressive groups have put in just roughly $2 million to support him.
“Josh Mandel raises most of his money outside the state of Ohio and is only competitive in this race is because of the $9.4 million he’s had spent on his behalf by secretly funded special interest groups,” said Brown spokesman Justin Barasky. “For him to decry these special interests who so clearly want him in Washington to do their bidding shows there’s literally nothing he won’t lie about, even when it’s as laughably ridiculous as this.”
According to the Columbus Dispatch, Mandel has had fundraisers all over the country and even in the Bahamas, where he attended an event hosted by payday lenders.