Winners show fundraising prowess

For immediate release: March 3, 2003
Contact: Catherine Turcer (614) 263-4111

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COLUMBUS -- Winning Ohio Supreme Court candidates Maureen O’Connor and Evelyn Lundberg Stratton received more than three times as many contributions from individuals and the average size of the contribution was lower, according to a study released today by Ohio Citizen Action. The winners received more than four times as many contributions less than $200.

'These winning candidates together raised one million dollars more than the two losing candidates. However, each of the candidates certainly had enough money to get their message out to the public,' said Catherine Turcer, campaign reform director for Ohio Citizen Action. 'Maureen O’Connor and Evelyn Lundberg Stratton had a unified and clear message and were able to organize grass-roots contributors.'

Together all the candidates raised $6.2 million in 2002. O’Connor raised $1,777,617; Stratton raised $1,898,484. O’Connor’s opponent Tim Black generated $1,323,136 and Stratton’s challenger Janet Burnside generated $1,192,941.

The biggest gap between the winning and losing candidates was the money from insurance and physicians. Together the winning candidates O’Connor and Stratton received over 109 times more from insurance companies and physicians. O’Connor received a total of $503,274 and Stratton $573,394; Black received $8,425 and Burnside $1,525.

Top five organizational contributors to all candidates were --

  • Cincinnati Insurance Companies, $68,730
  • Scanlon & Gearinger Co., LPA, $60,400
  • Clark Perdue Roberts & Scott Co., LPA, $52,900
  • Murray & Murray Co., LPA, $50,000
  • Spangenberg Shibley & Liber, LPA, $46,450

Ohio Citizen Action is the state's largest environmental organization, with 100,000 dues-paying members. A non-profit, non-partisan group, Ohio Citizen Action was founded in 1975.

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