There are many facets to a winning campaign. One obvious aspect -- the candidates themselves. We are particularly well positioned there, when you consider the differences Steve Driehaus and I have on the issues.
He believes the best way to grow the economy is through more government spending (the Stimulus). I believe allowing people to keep more of what they earn (cutting taxes) and letting people spend their own money the way they want to, will grow the economy and create jobs. He thinks government takeovers of health care and government bailouts are just fine, and I believe, like Ronald Reagan, that government IS the problem, not the solution. And he votes with Nancy Pelosi virtually every opportunity he gets -- I think she's a disaster.
Another important facet of a winning campaign are its people -- volunteers. We have been blessed with some of the finest, hardest-working volunteers that you can imagine. Countless hours spent cheerfully walking in parades, handing out cups at festivals, making phone calls, stuffing envelopes, and so many other campaign related activities -- our volunteers are the best! To each and every one of you -- thank you for your commitment.
And finally, it's important to raise sufficient campaign funds to get our message out, and defend against the misleading attacks we all know will be coming. After all, it's been said that "money is the mother's milk of politics."
The results of second quarter fundraising by all Congressional candidates were just released on July 15th. Great news for us -- very disappointing news for the Driehaus campaign. Despite the fact that incumbents almost always out-raise their challenger opponents, we out-raised the Driehaus campaign last quarter: $306,312 for us, $230,321 for them. And of even greater significance, we now have more cash-on-hand than the Driehaus campaign: a little over $1 million for us, and $973,266 for them.
The Cincinnati Enquirer in their coverage of the fundraising results made the following observation:
"One thing worth noting about the money raised by Chabot and Driehaus, is that the majority -- 60 percent -- of Chabot's money came from individual donors, while the majority of Driehaus' money -- 56 percent -- came from political parties or political action committees. An advantage in individual donations could indicate greater local support."
You are that individual local support. And let me take this opportunity to once again thank you for taking the time to read this blog, and stay informed on this race. If you have signed up to volunteer, or for a yard sign, or made a contribution, I want to especially thank you.
Although we clearly have the momentum in this race, we know that it's only a matter of time before the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and the Big Union money will come pouring in with big TV buys, in an attempt to completely distort my record. If you're able to help us to continue to prepare for this inevitable onslaught, you can click here to help.
As elections go, they don't get much bigger than the one coming this November. I believe we have a real opportunity to take the gavel out of Nancy Pelosi's hands, and begin to put our country back on the right track. Don't sit on the sidelines. Please join with me, and thousands and thousands of our fellow citizens, and be part of something that will truly make a difference.