The Portman for Senate campaign today announced that it raised nearly $2.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, bringing its 2015 total to $9.8 million raised, a record for an off-year in Ohio and the most of any targeted Senate campaign this year. The campaign will also report a total of well over $12 million cash-on-hand. In the fourth quarter, 80% of the campaign’s donors were from Ohio. In 2015 overall, there were over 8,700 Ohio donors, representing 76% of total donors.
“Raising nearly $10 million in an off-year is not only a record in Ohio, it is a testament to the strong support for Rob. In the same period, campaign volunteers also contacted a record 1,000,000 targeted voters through our door and phone program, demonstrating the tremendous grassroots strength behind Rob,” said campaign manager Corry Bliss. “Voters across Ohio are joining our team because Rob is getting results for Ohio families, and Ohio voters know they can’t afford a return to Ted Strickland’s Ohio when the state lost over 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 surpassed 1,000,000 voter contacts through its door-to-door and phone programs. The campaign also launched five coalitions: the African American Leadership Council, the Veterans Leadership Council, Women for Portman, Sportsmen for Portman, and the Students for Portman Coalition which has college chairs on over 20 campuses across Ohio. Portman has now been endorsed by the Ohio Republican Party State Central Committee, over 500 key Ohio Republican leaders, including the entire Republican Congressional delegation, all statewide elected Republicans, nearly 90 percent of Republican members of the State House and Senate, and by over 14,000 grassroots leaders across the state. The campaign now has field offices in Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland, Toledo, and Dayton. The campaign released a Year in Review video which may be watched by clicking here.