for state’s top court rake it in
By David Eggert,
February 1, 2012
majority on the state Supreme Court is not enough for Ohio Republicans.
County Domestic Relations Judge Sharon L. Kennedy raised more than
since Nov. 7 — which Ohio Republican leaders are touting as a record
challenger at this stage of the campaign — in her bid to unseat
Justice Yvette McGee Brown.
McGee Brown has raised nearly $214,000 in just the past three weeks,
campaign-finance reports due yesterday show.
was appointed to the high court by outgoing Gov. Ted Strickland a
than a year ago, ending a 7-0 GOP majority. The only Democrat in a
office other than U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, she is running to retain her
said the amount of money she raised demonstrates widespread support.
she expects the Republican Party to fully back her run with financial
despite the party’s sizable majority on the court.
going to do what it takes to win because they believe in me,” she said.
is the most-successful fundraiser in the Supreme Court race so far,
doubling the totals of two GOP justices seeking re-election.
humbled by the broad base of support,” said McGee Brown, citing backing
business groups, lawyers and others. “It’s a great start to the
campaign-finance reports yesterday also showed that a former director
Brothers was Gov. John Kasich’s top individual contributor in the last
Grundhofer, now retired in Las Vegas, wrote a $5,000 check to his
colleague in October. Kasich’s role as a managing director of Lehman
until the company’s collapse in 2008 was a major campaign issue in the
race for governor.
percent of the Kasich campaign’s outlay last year went to a Virginia
campaign-finance consultant. Almost $17,000 was spent on food.
of State Jon Husted’s campaign kitty exploded in the final two months
year with multiple fundraisers. He got almost 200 donations of at least
apiece in November and December, pushing his total for the year over
Attorney General Mike DeWine raised more than $1.7 million during his
year back in state office. He got $226,000 in November from the Ohio
Party but still had $525,000 in loans outstanding.
Dave Yost’s two largest donors were corporate heavyweights Wayne M.
heads an Ohio coal company among other business interests, and Karen
owner of Ariel Corp. in Mount Vernon.
Husted, DeWine and Yost aren’t up for re-election until 2014.
lopsided campaign-finance totals for legislative caucuses reflect the
realities in the Statehouse: Republicans have long controlled the
now dominate it with a 23-10 majority; they recaptured the House in
now they have new gerrymandered districts that help them keep those
Senate Republican caucuses combined last year to raise $8.72 million
$7.7 million left to spend. Legislative Democrats raised about
in the House. Senate Republicans have about 90 times as much money on
the Democratic caucus, which did not top $75,000 in contributions for
Minority Leader Armond Budish, D-Beachwood, said folks should not worry
the Democrats’ money disadvantage, part of which can be attributed to
Senate Bill 5 campaign last year, which sucked up huge amounts of union
energized, and by the time the election rolls around, we’ll have plenty
funds for our campaigns,” he said.
reporter Catherine Candisky contributed to this story.
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