Ed Fitzgerald is still a fundraising loser. His staff starts losing it.

Ed FitzGerald
Ed Fitzgerald still isn’t getting many Ohioans excited enough about his campaign. The pre-primary fundraising reports came out today, and they are more bad news for Fitz.

Here are your top line numbers for this period:

Amount carried forward: $7,921,269
Contributions received: $1,449,554
Expenditures: $863,093
Total Cash on Hand: $8,507,754

Amount carried forward: $1,439,445
Contributions received: $642,449
Expenditures: $573,861
Total Cash on Hand: $1,508,039

Fitzgerald has essentially the same amount of money he did three months ago, with only a radio ad to show for it. Kasich, on the other hand, is still growing his war chest and has already starting advertising on television with two different ads.

When you look at “grassroots” contributions, those that are $100 or less, Kasich received 1538 more of these than Fitz, 44% more.

Once again, a huge chunk of Fitz’s money came from the Ohio Democratic Party to the tune of $107,000. The Ohio Republican Party did not contribute any money to Kasich.

The bad news seemed to have knocked Fitz’s staff off message. Lauren Hitt started tweeting some crazy statements.

She made one absolutely false claim. 92% of Kasich’s contributions came from Ohioans.

We’ll give Fitz’s out-of-state campaign staffer the benefit of the doubt and just assume she miscalculated this one.

She also lashed out at Joe Vardon of the Dispatch for simply reporting the facts.

First, they tried bribing the press with pizza, now this. They sure know how to handle the media.

This one is simply amazing. Her candidate just got pummeled in fundraising again, and she starts mocking the amount that Kasich raised. Wuuut?

For reference, Lauren, Ted Strickland didn’t raise this much in the same period four years ago, and he was an excellent fundraiser.

I saved the funniest attempt to distract from the bad news for last. ODP Communications Director Brian Hester tried this one, and looks rather foolish when the rest of the information comes out.

The Senate Republicans have $3.3 million in the bank to the Democrats’ $132,000. Another brilliant faceplant for “The Modern Esquire”.

Author: Nick

I was born and raised in Ohio. After growing up in the Columbus area, I moved to Cleveland to study at Case Western Reserve University, and have lived in Northeast Ohio ever since. I live in Wellington with my wife and son. I work in the private sector and have never worked in the political field.