OH Sen. candidate Lee Fisher donates remaining funds to GOTV effort

This is a class act that you don’t often see in politics:

As of two weeks ago, Lee Fisher’s campaign for U.S. Senate was down to $308,631 in its bank account. Sums like that don’t last long and replenishing it is a challenge when a candidate lags in the polls. So Fisher apparently decided to put it to good use.

He has given $100,000 to the Ohio Democratic Party for its final, aggressive get-out-the-vote drive. This is according to Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, but the Fisher campaign confirms the donation and says it indeed came from Fisher’s campaign account.

Fisher told The Plain Dealer that he is not abandoning the campaign or giving up. But he sees this as the best way to get out the vote, which is the best way for him to win.

Brown described it as an act of courage, statesmanship and generosity.

Fisher is way behind in the Senate race. The incumbent Governor, Ted Strickland, is in a tight race with former Lehman Bros. Executive John Kasich. Getting out the vote is what matters to secure a Democratic win — and Fisher is doing his part.

We better not find out there that safe Democratic members of Congress hoarded their cash this year — when it really could have helped.


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