Joe Hallett and Mark Niquette Skew Fundraising Tables, Downplay GOP Momentum
Ohio House Republicans only need 4 seats to win the majority back, and they are running circles around Speaker Budish and his caucus:
COLUMBUS –The Ohio House Republican Organizational Committee (OHROC) today stated they are pleased to see the respective amounts in the second filing period of 2010 for the House Republican and House Democratic caucuses. The Republican Caucus filed $515,473.34, while the Democratic majority filed $405,855.52.
“With less than seven months remaining for Ohioans to choose who is more qualified to lead Ohio through the next General Assembly, today was a significant measure of the attitude by contributors,” said House Republican Leader William G. Batchelder (R-Medina). “Although in the minority, House Republicans are able to demonstrate their ability to outraise majority Democrats.”
In recent memory there are NO example of a minority caucus out-fundraising the majority… This is a BIG DEAL, as lobbyists and political observers are clearly reading the T.E.A. leaves, as they know angry voters are ready to throw Democrats out of the majority. And with Jon Husted and Matt Dolan out of the picture, the GOP caucus is distinctly different and vastly more conservative than the one which lost the majority.
So what did Hallett and Niquette do? They decided to use this visible chart in print… While sticking to this reporting period for all races EXCEPT for the legislature:
They can report the numbers however they want to with whatever time-frame they wish. But this is an important example of why pinhead reporter hacks like these guys are worried about blogs: Because it means they no longer have a monopoly on framing such issues and thus watering down in the minds of readers where the political momentum in Columbus is.
And contract the work of the minority in the House with that of Ohio Senate Democrats, who are fundraising with all the momentum of a Ted Strickland 3-C snail train.
Update at 12:30: Sandy Theis’ üntershtudie Julie Carr Smyth also played with reporting periods on behalf of Gov. Strickland. Nice catch, Jon.
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