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Ohio money flowing to Palin, Romney: Palin has collected $58K in the state, Romney has received $50K
The Middletown Journal ^ | June 12, 2011 | Jessica Wehrman

Posted on 06/12/2011 9:13:42 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

The first votes for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination are still months away, but Ohioans have already given nearly a quarter of a million dollars to would-be candidates, including $58,000 to “SarahPAC,” former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s political action committee.

Trailing just behind Palin in cash from Ohioans is former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s “Free and Strong America PAC,” which has received $50,000.

Ohio, long a bellwether in presidential politics, isn’t necessarily considered a must-win for Republican primary candidates.

But the enthusiasm a candidate musters in the Buckeye state — including financial contributions — can be indicative of how they’ll do in the general election.

“Ohio’s always going to be a focus of presidential elections,” said Dave Levinthal, a spokesman for the Center for Responsive Politics, which collects and analyzes data about political fundraising. “If one candidate is doing particularly well there, that could to some degree foreshadow their success later.”

Ohio money is important, too.

Before presidential candidates launch formal campaigns, they raise money through leadership PACs — political action committees that politicians use for indirect sponsoring of a candidacy. The funds can be used for travel, political consulting fees or polling.

Levinthal calls those PACs a “barometer” of early support.

Later, Ohio can be expected to be a significant donor to campaign coffers.

In 2008, presidential campaign donations from Ohio totaled nearly $16 million.

Palin has long cast a shadow on the Republican field, though she has not declared her candidacy. Unless she announces she is not running, and maybe even after that, she will remain a factor.

“I think Sarah Palin is a true patriotic American,” said Patricia Alderson, 62, a community organizer for charitable giving from West Chester Twp. in Butler County who gave SarahPAC $2,000 in November 2009. “She wants to do the right thing. She’s a person who speaks from her heart and she reminds me of a woman fighting for her children. Every time she talks, I’m like, ‘you go, girl.’ ”

Retiree Thomas Bigwood, 83, a Canal Winchester resident, favors Romney, and has given the candidate’s political action committee $1,400 since April 2010.

“I looked over the whole crop and I said, ‘he’s the best of the lot,’ ” Bigwood said.

In recent elections, Ohio has lived up to its swing state reputation. In 2004, Republican George W. Bush won the state with 50.81 percent of the vote. In 2008, Democrat Barack Obama won with 51.5 percent. Then, in the 2010 governor’s race, Republican John Kasich won with 49.04 percent. The average margin of victory in the three races was 2.9 percent.

The 2008 money race was just as tight. Of the $16 million raised from Ohio donors from the primary through the general election, more than $8.1 million went to Republican candidates and more than $7.6 million went to Democrats, according to an analysis of financial contributions by the nonprofit Center for Responsive Politics.

Cincinnati led all Ohio metropolitan areas in donations, giving a total of $5.1 million, followed by Cleveland, $4.1 million; and Columbus, $2.7 million. The Dayton-Springfield area raised $805,367.

President Barack Obama, who declared his candidacy for re-election earlier this year, will file fundraising reports in July, Levinthal said.

Cincinnati, which was a heavy early donor to Romney’s primary campaign in 2008, is showing more support for former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty so far this cycle. Of the 53 individual donations to Pawlenty’s PAC, more than 40 came from ZIP codes within Cincinnati. Of the 70 individual donations to Romney’s PAC, 20 were from Cincinnati.

Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, who announced his candidacy last week, has also done well: Ohio donors gave his PAC $24,901 so far this cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Some Ohio donors have given money to candidates who later backed out or whose prospects, like Palin’s, remain unclear. Sen. Jim DeMint, a South Carolina conservative who has given mixed indications as to whether he’ll run, has raised $33,650 from Ohioans through his PAC.

John C. Green, director of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron, said a later primary season next year is one factor affecting GOP candidate fundraising. “Usually by this time ..., there are a lot of declared candidates and people engaging in what some scholars call ‘the invisible primary,’ ” Green said. “It’s just started very slowly this time.”


TOPICS: Ohio; Campaign News; Parties; State and Local
KEYWORDS: milt; ohio; palin; rinoromney; romney; romney4deathpanels; romney4dnc; romney4iag; romney4obama; romney4obamacare; romney4romney; romney4soros; romney4tarp; romneytherino; sarahpalin; themagicrino
Tell me again who the "front-runner" is again....
1 posted on 06/12/2011 9:13:45 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Shhh, don’t tell the PDS’ers, they may spontaneously combust! Speaking of that, isn’t time pissant came back? I miss the guy. I don’t care if he hates Palin, he was like a familiar chair around here.


2 posted on 06/12/2011 9:16:45 PM PDT by toddausauras
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It ain’t Tressel, LOL.


3 posted on 06/12/2011 9:17:32 PM PDT by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

>Tell me again who the “front-runner” is again....

“P...p..pa...uhhh, I can’t say it..”

-Barak Hussein Obama


4 posted on 06/12/2011 9:18:14 PM PDT by max americana (.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“I looked over the whole crop and I said, ‘he’s the best of the lot,’ ” Bigwood said.

Sounds like Tom needs a new pair of glasses.

5 posted on 06/12/2011 9:19:27 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (We're stuck between Obama's policies that suck and his ineptitude that blows.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; TheOldLady; Syncro; RedMDer; trisham; STARWISE


She hasn't announced and her bus hasn't been to Ohio!

WHAT'S GOING ON?

6 posted on 06/12/2011 9:20:47 PM PDT by onyx (If you truly like and support Sarah Palin and want on her BUSY Ping List, let me know!)
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To: onyx

After email episode, her rating will go up only.
MSM messed up and Mitt writers failed to harm Sarah. Now what they are going to write.


7 posted on 06/12/2011 9:30:45 PM PDT by jennychase
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Who in their right mind would gibe a nickle to Mitt Romney


8 posted on 06/12/2011 9:34:35 PM PDT by babygene (Figures don't lie, but liars can figure...)
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To: babygene

ask “some” Freepers...


9 posted on 06/12/2011 9:37:53 PM PDT by max americana (.)
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To: jennychase
Zactly!


10 posted on 06/12/2011 9:39:58 PM PDT by onyx (If you truly like and support Sarah Palin and want on her BUSY Ping List, let me know!)
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To: babygene

gibe=give


11 posted on 06/12/2011 9:40:32 PM PDT by babygene (Figures don't lie, but liars can figure...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; onyx
I have already pledged a grand for her announcement present... if things go right for me this week... I will up that to 2 grand... and I will not only continue to support her through the general election... I will be part of the activist promotional team (here on FR) that will help to elect Palin as our next president. How many Iowans are waiting until she announces... just like little old me? Well it's a boatload my friend... and then some!

LLS

12 posted on 06/12/2011 9:44:13 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES... a Conservative subsidiary of Reagan's party)
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To: onyx
"WHAT'S GOING ON?"

"WINNING!!"

13 posted on 06/12/2011 9:50:40 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet ("We didn't lose Vietnam. We quit Vietnam." ~Gen. Al Haig)
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To: LibLieSlayer

We’re in dire straights here, financially, but I will do what I can to raise $2 million dollars for her on the phone and Internet.


14 posted on 06/12/2011 9:56:02 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet ("We didn't lose Vietnam. We quit Vietnam." ~Gen. Al Haig)
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To: babygene

No, don’t correct it!
I make that typo all too often!


15 posted on 06/12/2011 10:04:48 PM PDT by onyx (If you truly like and support Sarah Palin and want on her BUSY Ping List, let me know!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Me too... I have never seen the economy this bad... and I have been in business for almost 40 years... and I worked for others before that... I understand hard times and I pray for you and your family my friend... many are in real pain but so were OUR Founders... Sacred Honor and Treasure you know. I will help in any way that I can. I already have some friends that will donate as soon as she announces. These are not political junkies like us... they are business people that are Patriots... and guess what msm... they LOVE Palin!

Did you hear that noise? Every time Palin’s name is mentioned... a dim drone head explodes. I want to hear the Fourth of July come November 2012!

LLS

16 posted on 06/12/2011 10:08:39 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES... a Conservative subsidiary of Reagan's party)
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To: LibLieSlayer; 2ndDivisionVet
I have already pledged a grand for her announcement present... if things go right for me this week... I will up that to 2 grand... and I will not only continue to support her through the general election... I will be part of the activist promotional team (here on FR) that will help to elect Palin as our next president. How many Iowans are waiting until she announces... just like little old me? Well it's a boatload my friend... and then some!

I have saved up and set aside a $1000 just for her.

I have so wanted to donate to SARAHPAC but I donate all my available extra money to Free Republic in addition to my $1 A Day Membership.

I am undecided whether to give her $500 on the day she announces or the whole $1000, because what will I be able to do for her presidential campaign?

17 posted on 06/12/2011 10:10:16 PM PDT by onyx (If you truly like and support Sarah Palin and want on her BUSY Ping List, let me know!)
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To: babygene
“Who in their right mind would gibe a nickle to Mitt Romney”

1) obama/biden 2012
2) george soros
3) bill gates
4) warren buffett
5) donald trump
6) gay activists
7) sarah and jim brady
8) robert reichhhhhhhhh
9) bill clinton
10) george hw bush
11) george w bush
12) jebb bush
13) charles krauthammer
14) fred barnes
15) bill o’reilly
16) chris wallace
17) rupert murdoch
18) roger ailes

for a few.

LLS

18 posted on 06/12/2011 10:15:45 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES... a Conservative subsidiary of Reagan's party)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Palin isn’t the “front-runner,” she’s the ONLY-RUNNER.


19 posted on 06/12/2011 10:19:21 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Going 'EGYPT' - 2012!)
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To: onyx; 2ndDivisionVet
You do what you can do and when the election gets going... we will find ways that we can help her and we will use FR to manage that campaign. You can get your entire ping list involved. It is never too early to get started. It will most likely gel once the primaries have been decided. I am confident at the outcome. You and others know what FR can do when we unite. We will rally when this intramural contest is over... maybe even before.

You can write letters to editors and public "sound off" columns... and don't forget local papers, TV and Radio. You already do so much... and here I am telling you. Well... we all need reassurance at times so look around you... you are not alone. You are surrounded by your FReeper family and we are a bunch of ass kicking, GOD loving warriors for Freedom and Liberty!

LLS

20 posted on 06/12/2011 10:28:45 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES... a Conservative subsidiary of Reagan's party)
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To: LibLieSlayer

Good...


21 posted on 06/12/2011 10:30:52 PM PDT by babygene (Figures don't lie, but liars can figure...)
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To: LibLieSlayer; 2ndDivisionVet

God bless you and all of her supporters! You betcha, FR will be supporting her and FR ROCKS and FR is a force that reaches millions!

We will all be out campaigning for her to the best of our abilities and raising money and sending her as much of our own as we can individually muster!

I’m already setting aside $20 here and there and hiding it from myself...LOL. I just have to remember where I’ve stashed it.

I know you pray for her and I do, also, and I’m praying for God to give her and us the needed strength for her to lead us victory.


22 posted on 06/12/2011 10:36:55 PM PDT by onyx (If you truly like and support Sarah Palin and want on her BUSY Ping List, let me know!)
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To: babygene

He attracts ALL of the WRONG people... and I left out karl rove... sorry karl... but you have NOW been added to the list!

LLS


23 posted on 06/12/2011 10:40:51 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES... a Conservative subsidiary of Reagan's party)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Who in the HECK is supporting Romney?!!! I don’t know any of them, nor OF them.


24 posted on 06/12/2011 10:42:59 PM PDT by fwdude (Prosser wins, Goonions lose.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

SarahPAC is a PAC, not an exploratory committee. None of that money can be used for a WH run.


25 posted on 06/12/2011 11:09:11 PM PDT by newzjunkey
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To: babygene
gibe=give

Aw c'mon. Gibe made me smile ;-)

26 posted on 06/12/2011 11:10:16 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: LibLieSlayer
Every time Palin’s name is mentioned... a dim drone head explodes. I want to hear the Fourth of July come November 2012!

Love that! Like popcorn popping all across the fruited plain .. LOL

27 posted on 06/12/2011 11:11:50 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: editor-surveyor
Palin isn’t the “front-runner,” she’s the ONLY-RUNNER.

BOOYAH!

Truer words were never spoken.

28 posted on 06/12/2011 11:13:09 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: newzjunkey

Please show me where I said it would.


29 posted on 06/12/2011 11:15:03 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet ("We didn't lose Vietnam. We quit Vietnam." ~Gen. Al Haig)
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To: newzjunkey; 2ndDivisionVet
SarahPAC is a PAC, not an exploratory committee. None of that money can be used for a WH run.

Which should scare Myth Romney and the GOP elite even more.

A non campaign related PAC of Sarah's is raking in more money than Myth Romney's Explorarty PAC.
30 posted on 06/13/2011 12:29:57 AM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie; newzjunke

I expect her fundraising to go up by leaps and bounds when she declares. Add five or six zeros to whatever is coming in now. Romney is a declared candidate, do you think that’s happening for him?


31 posted on 06/13/2011 12:35:02 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet ("We didn't lose Vietnam. We quit Vietnam." ~Gen. Al Haig)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Romney = DNC Saboteur against the GOP

Romney = Soros partner and Soros Saboteur against the GOP

Romney = Mr. RomneyCARE

Romney = Mr. TARP

Romney = Mr. BIG-DIG coverup

Romney = Mr. Gay Marriage Imposer

Romney = Mr. MoreTaxesCalled’Fees’


32 posted on 06/13/2011 3:45:26 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Nothing surpasses the complexity of the human mind. - Leto II: Dar-es-Balat)
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To: Windflier

Yep! :-)

LLS


33 posted on 06/13/2011 4:11:18 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES... a Conservative subsidiary of Reagan's party)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I wonder where they are getting the numbers from. Last year?

This year SarahPac is required to report the period from Jan 1 to June 30 by the end of July.

Those are the numbers I’d like to see. I’d bet she’s raised quite a bit of cash since hitting 3 million on FB.


34 posted on 06/13/2011 6:38:46 AM PDT by free me (Sarah Palin 2012 - GAME ON!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Tell me again who the "front-runner" is again....

That's easy. Romney is the leading fundraiser among the declared candidates, and he's the first choice of the mainstream media and of the Obama Regime. The fact that Romney is trailing a non-candidate is pathetic, but Sarah's "not serious", "not smart", and "not running", so why worry?

35 posted on 06/13/2011 7:28:02 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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