Money in Politics…independent has little chance

We continue to look at the State of Ohio Representative race, and found this website that is full of meaningful information about District 61.

https://ballotpedia.org/Ohio_House_of_Representatives_District_61

Here are a list of campaign contributions for the last 10 campaigns.   It is very interesting that the average amount spent was $85,212 per candidate, and the job only pays $63,007 per year.   It makes one ask why?

Unfortunately, money is driving our elections and selections.  A candidate’s worth is measured by the amount of money that he/she can bring into the party coffers.  [Sidebar: Isn’t that right Jerry?  Don’t you just hate it when the Ohio caucus leaves you twisting in the wind?  Unsure if you can bring home the bacon?]

Campaign contributions

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“From 2000 to 2018, candidates for Ohio House of Representatives District 61 raised a total of $2,300,733. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $85,212 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money

Campaign contributions, Ohio House of Representatives District 61
Year Amount Candidates Average
2018 $423,735 3 $141,245
2016 $154,289 2 $77,145
2014 $80,377 2 $40,189
2012 $342,196 2 $171,098
2010 $115,012 3 $38,337
2008 $114,081 3 $38,027
2006 $453,418 3 $151,139
2004 $199,662 3 $66,554
2002 $203,743 4 $50,936
2000 $214,220 2 $107,110
Total $2,300,733 27 $85,212

Here is a great website that shows how money influences our elections:

https://www.followthemoney.org/at-a-glance?y=2020&s=OH

The average campaign cost for the following elected positions for 2019 – 2020:

U.s Federal Representative — $356,878

State of Ohio  Representative — $36,436

State of Ohio Senator — $114,141  [We will be comparing Rader vs Cirino soon]

State Supreme Court — $310,665

Appellate Court — $16,782



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