Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Strange, But True

In looking over information at OpenSecrets, I found something very interesting. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown has collected more campaign cash from residents of Beachwood, Ohio (zip code 44122) than his opponent.  Republican Josh Mandel attended high school in Beachwood, but apparently not very popular.

Open Secrets
Beachwood, Ohio 44122...........Sen. Sherrod Brown...........$297,012 campaign total
Beachwood, Ohio 44122........Republican Josh Mandel......$ 64,979 campaign total

The FEC (Federal Elections Commission) has a similar imbalance for Lyndhurst, Ohio (zip code 44124).  Josh Mandel served on the Lyndhurst City Council (2003-2006) and he calls Lyndhurst his hometown.  Sen. Sherrod Brown has also outraised Mandel in Lyndhurst.

(Note:  I counted only contributions from human beings to the campaign committees of the candidates.  I did not include PACs, super PACs, or any other entity.)

Clearly, this shows that the people that really know Josh Mandel, don't appear impressed enough to support his candidacy.  On the other hand, voters that know Sen. Sherrod Brown, are willing to contribute to his campaign because they know he works for them.