Last night the Columbus Dispatch wrote a piece highlighting the out of state trips made by Ohio’s candidates for Governor.
John Kasich went on 3 trips to raise money in 2009.
Governor Strickland went on 25.
25? He does realize there is a jobs crisis going on, right? He does remember he’s the Governor?
Is this for real? 25 trips?
The worst part? They weren’t even worth it!
According to the Dispatch, in those 25 trips, Strickland raised $1.2 million, or a measly $48,000 per trip.
On the other hand, Kasich raised $266,000 per trip. In other words, if Strickland was as efficient as Kasich with raising money out of state, he would have amassed $6.65M just in out of state dollars.
Instead, he’s at $1.2M.
Remember, one of the best gauges of where a race stands is how the fundraising is going. After all, big donors won’t contribute unless they think you have a solid shot.
In light of these revelations of all of Ted’s trips, it’s worth mentioning that from July through December last year, Strickland raised only $1.18M. During that same period, Kasich raised $4.55M.
Clearly, Kasich is getting the most bang for his buck when it comes to out-of-state trips, and is expertly utilizing the momentum gained from maintaining a five-point lead on Pollster.com.