Thursday, April 07, 2005


More perspective on Oxley's dependency on out-of-state dollars

In our previous post we noted that Congressman Mike Oxley appears to be more and more dependent on money from outside his district - hell, from outside Ohio, then every before. We've gotta believe some wise Democratic strategists will see this as an enormous, revealing weakness on Oxlye's part.

Now, there is nothing, per se, wrong with getting out of state contributions. Sometimes, with large membership groups like unions or the NRA, even though the check might come from DC, it's reasonable to argue that they have substantial dues-paying members in the candidate's region.

So, again using's data, we decided to see how Oxley compares that to the rest of Ohio's Republican Congressional Delegation:
Out-of-state Contributions
Mike Oxley - 80%
Gillmor - 57%
Ney - 51%
Regula - 36%
Hobson - 30%
Portman - 25%
LaTourette- 17%
Boehner - 14%
Tiberi - 11%
Pryce - 10%
Chabot - 7%
Turner - 6%
To us, the results are a little surprising. First, Oxley doesn't just look like a whore for out-of-staters. He looks like a huge whore compared to his colleagues.

Second, we are surpised to see that so many of out-of-staters give to a dimwit like Gillmor. Or put another way, we aren't surprised that a lot of his constituents won't give to the guy. (Actually, it looks like OpenSecrets may not be reporting his numbers correctly since the amount of donations used to calculate his percentage is very small._

Now, Ney's 51% sort of jumped out, so we looked at the numbers from his previous campaigns:
Ney Out of State Contributions
2004 - 51%
2002 - 52%
2000 - 27%
1998 - 23%
This change over the years isn't much of a surprise to those of us that have followed his career. Back in his Statehouse days, Ney was an ambitious wheeler dealer, but he was not like the far-right wingnuts that came in after he left. Despite being master of the perpetual tan and ever-so gelled hair, he succeeded in cultivating somewhat of a poplist image among the steelworkers and others blue-collar groups in his district.

Ney stuck to his typical style for his first two terms, but his ambition appears to have gotten the best of him. As the number show, a turning point came in 2001 when he was appointed Chairman of the Committee on House Administration. The change in the amount and type of political donations available to him changed overnight. This explains the jump in out-of-state donations between 2000 and 2002.

Later, he also gained the additional job of being the Chairman of the Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing. As he likes to brag at his web site, "Ney is currently ranked the 11th Most Powerful Member of Congress."

He didn't get their on his own. Perhaps unfortunately, at least for his career, he decided to become one of DeLay's running dogs. We suspect that may be an association he lives to regret.


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