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Friday, July 22, 2005

OH-2: Shock! Hackett with CoH Lead over Schmidt

Posted by Tim Tagaris

Paul Hackett just filed his most recent FEC report (pre-special) and it looks like Blogosphere Day doubled up his Cash on Hand (CoH) -- and in what was previously unthinkable, propelled him into a fundraising lead over Jean Schmidt down the stretch.

As you will read, Schmidt is responding. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to pour through Schmidt's FEC reports and find as many untoward contributions from questionable characters and forward it to me. I will make sure the press in SW Ohio gets it, perpetuating the meme of another ethically challenged Republican (my email address is to the right).

Paul Hackett -- Period: 05/26/2005 Through 07/13/2005
Total Raised: 166299.69
Raised this reporting period: 154624.69
Cash on Hand: 62025.83

Total Take on & since Blogosphere Day (post-reporting period): At least $120,000 from small donors

By contrast, Jean Schmidt's proven ability to raise money hand-over-fist from lobbyists and ethically challenged Congressmen hasn't been enough to completely outdistance herself financially.

Jean Schmidt -- Period: 05/26/2005 Through 07/13/2005
Total Raised: $354648.45
Raised this reporting period: $308951.00
Cash on Hand: $156567.00

It also looks like the Schmidt Campaign is in full panic mode after Blogosphere Day. Candidates are required to report, within 48 hours, any contributions given to them, and Schmidt's big-dollar backers have countered (Report 1 & Report 2).

Since Blogosphere Day:
Report 1: $10,500
Report 2: $11,200
Total: $21,700 (14 contributors)

July 16 - 19: $32,700

Hackett has also filed a number of 48 hour reports, boosting his total and propelling him into the lead.

Schmidt total CoH (assuming she hasn't spent any): $210,967
Hackett total CoH (assuming he hasn't spent any): $230,725

Posted at 12:04 AM in Ohio | Technorati


This kind of distributed oppo is one of the most exciting things about the blogosphere. If the Hackett campaign is adaptive and genuinely tries to harness the surging national grassroots energy then this could be a really excited special election.

Posted by: Frontier PAC [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 22, 2005 03:02 AM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

Tim, the link to "Report 1" is busted.

Posted by: DavidNYC [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 22, 2005 11:54 AM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment