Fueled by small donations, Democrats closing the gap with GOP
(HAMILTON)- A review of the most recent campaign reports on file with the Butler County Board of Elections compared to reports filed at the same time going back to 2011 show that the Democratic Party has never raised as much money during the same period (first six months of the year), nor had as much on hand, and the party continues to chip away at the cash advantage of the Republican Party in the county.
Jocelyn Bucaro, Chair of the Executive Committee, credits the party’s growing grassroots small donor base. “With our growing fundraising base of small donors, our party is breaking fundraising records and have more cash on hand than we have ever had at this point in the year for the past decade. Butler County residents are tired of Republican politicians who are more focused on pushing controversial wedge issues to get themselves some free press rather than actually addressing the lack of economic opportunity in many of our communities and an opiod epidemic that is raging out of control.”
The Democratic Party raised nearly four times the amount it raised in 2012 and an 18% increase in its fundraising from a year prior. Recently, the party’s Executive Committee authorized the party to exercise its option to purchase its headquarters in downtown Hamilton early next year, making the Democratic Party the only county party with a permanent headquarters in the county.
“With no debts, unlike our counterparts, the Butler County Democratic Party has shown it is fiscally frugal so that it can make permanent investments in building the party in Butler County while closing the gap with the Republican Party. This county changed parties in the 1990s because Republicans argued that they could deliver change and improve the ‘Rust Belt’ communities here being left behind economically. They have failed to deliver and voters are again looking more and more at making a change in this county,” said Butler County Democratic Party spokesman Brian Hester.