Kasich quietly files campaign report.
Here's John Kasich on his campaign website a month ago (emphasis added):
But tomorrow, my campaign will face its first real challenge - our first financial deadline. The money we've raised by June 30 will be the first public indicator of the strength of our support.
Here's Kasich's cash-on-hand in his campaign finance report he quietly filed today: $451,292.78.
Compared to Strickland's cash-on-hand: $4,015,716.49.
That's nearly a 9 to 1 fundraising advantage. Strickland never had that kind of advantage even over Blackwell.
Kasich is also going to have a hard time portraying himself as a political maverick different from the Bush Republican brand, too.
He's gotten his $11,395.00 donation from White Hat Management (for-profit charter school Chairman) David Brennan. A 11,395.00 from a Donald Rumsfeld who lists his occupation as "Retired." (How mavericky.)
He also got a $250 from his astroturfing, out-of-state blogger at ThirdBasePolitics.
Kasich has been running for, by his own account, nearly two years for Governor by going to these GOP county dinners and talking down Ted Strickland. FOX News has been whoring his candidacy nearly as much as they did the Tea Parties. Kasich has absolutely no excuse for his weak fundraising.
This was, by Kasich's billing, his first opportunity to show a sign of strength. He failed.