Portman Spending Up To $10.7M After Rove Drops Another Million In Ohio

After Three Polls This Month Show Strickland in the Lead, Portman, Allies Now Up To $10.7 Million Spending

COLUMBUS — On the heels of the third poll this month showing U.S. Sen. Rob Portman trailing former Gov. Ted Strickland, Washington special interests are more worried than ever about losing Portman’s seat — and they’re doubling down to prop Portman up.

Reports say a dark money group tied to Karl Rove, One Nation, will spend another $1.1 million trying to buy the Ohio Senate seat. In total, Portman and his allies have spent up to $10.7 million in Ohio already — with the election still more than one year away. According to FEC reports, Portman’s campaign spent just $5 million total throughout his entire campaign in 2010.

“Whether it’s cutting Medicare, slashing Pell grants or shipping Ohio jobs overseas, Senator Portman has spent 25 years putting Washington special interests ahead of Ohio. So it’s no surprise dark money interests are doubling down to protect their investment. But no amount of money can rewrite history to buy Senator Portman a record that works for Ohio,” said Ohio Democratic Party spokeswoman Jennifer Donohue. “Ted Strickland has earned the support of Ohioans across the state by working to lower their college costs, standing up for their retirement, and fighting for fair trade that grows jobs in Ohio.”

According to Americans for Prosperity scoring, Portman votes with the infamous outsourcing Koch brothers nearly 90 percent of the time, and according to news reports, the Kochs have rewarded Portman with more than $1 million for his campaign so far.

Polls have consistently shown Strickland leading Portman, including three released in October alone:

 

Portman And Allies Spending Hits Up To $10.7 Million, With More Than A Year To Go

Date

Organization

Amount

Source

2/26/2015

Portman Campaign

Unknown

Source

3/16/2015

Portman Campaign

Unknown

Source

3/17/2015

Fighting For Ohio Fund (Super PAC)

$6,000

Source

3/17/2015

Fighting For Ohio Fund (Super PAC)

$2,000

Source

3/17/2015

Fighting For Ohio Fund (Super PAC)

$6,000

Source

3/17/2015

Fighting For Ohio Fund (Super PAC)

$325

Source

4/27/2015

Portman Campaign

$100,000 – $999,999

Source

5/11/2015

Portman Campaign

$10,000 – $99,999

Source

5/12/2015

One Nation (501c4)

$525,000

Source

5/19/2015

One Nation (501c4)

Continuation

Source

6/18/2015

Portman Campaign

$100,000 – $999,999

Source

7/6/2015

US Chamber of Commerce

$468,000

Source

7/15/2015

Portman Campaign

$100,000 – $999,999

Source

7/24/2015

Opportunity Lives

$3,939,000

Source

8/3/2015

Portman Campaign

Continuation

Source

8/4/2015

NRSC

Unknown

Source

8/18/2015

Americans For Prosperity

$1,400,000

Source

8/24/2015

Portman Campaign

Unknown

Source

9/8/2015

American Chemistry Council

$151,112

Source

9/10/2015

Portman Campaign

Unknown

Source

9/30/2015

Portman Campaign

Unknown

Source

10/26/2015

One Nation (501c4)

$1,120,000

Source

Total:

$7,927,437 – $10,717,433

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