THE BLOG
10/05/2010 03:24 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Where Are Ohio Senate Candidates Getting Their Money?

It's no surprise Rob Portman, the Republican candidate to fill George Voinovich's Senate seat, is leading opponent Lee Fisher by a margin of 13 points in the polls.

Money talks in the world of politics, and the resources Portman has far outnumber his Democratic rival's. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Portman has approximately $8.9 million on hand to spend on his campaign compared to Fisher's $1.3 million.

The information on OpenSecrets.org shows that both candidates get the majority of their money from individual contributors. Portman received about 17% of his funding from PACs, while Fisher received about 10%.

Procter and Gamble, American Financial Group, Cintas and General Electric have contributed to Portman. Cleveland Clinic, the Cleveland Indians baseball team, and Cleveland-based American Greetings Corp. are some of the top donors to Fisher's campaign.

Early voting for Ohioans started last week, and the candidates now have under a month to convince those who have not already made up their minds to swing in their direction.