Thursday, April 07, 2005

 

Oxley - Whore for out-of-staters?

Who owns Oxley? Not Ohioans.

As a followup to our earlier post on Congressman Mike Oxley's extravagent ways, it's worth noting that Oxley no longer gets into office every two years because the people around Findlay, Lima and the rest of his district reach deep into their pockets to help return their man to the Capitol.

Quite the contrary. To a greater and greater extent, the bulk of his campaign money, 70-80 percent, now comes from outside Ohio. Primarily it comes from the financial sector such as banks, brokerage houses and credit card companies.

In the past, we have listed some of his big donors as a way to explain his steadfast support for privatizing Social Security. But it's worth revisiting his financial reports to see exactly what part of the country his donations come from. For this exercise, we have used the handy feature of OpenSecrets.org that list the top five metropolitan areas for donations. Here are the results for Oxley for the last few election cycles, and the change over the years is startling:
2004
Washington, DC-MD-VA-WV - $100,300
New York, NY - $68,750
Columbus, OH - $63,950
Wilmington-Newark, DE-MD - $54,000
Dallas - $33,050

2002
New York, NY - $55,100
Washington, DC-MD-VA-WV - $45,850
Columbus, OH - $45,400
Newark, NJ - $11,350
Philadelphia, PA-NJ - $10,000

2000
Washington, DC-MD-VA-WV - $20,450
Mansfield, OH - $19,450
Lima, OH - $15,230
Columbus - $6,055
New York - $5,000
OpenSecrets reports that 80% of Oxley's money for his 2004 election came from out of state. As John Wayne used to say, that's re-goddam-diculous.

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