For months, Sherrod Brown and the Ohio Democrat Party have demonized and demagogued the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. They claim that everyday Ohioans will only receive “crumbs” from tax reform. They claim that working Ohioans won’t see benefits from tax reform. They claim that that tax reform won’t help the middle class.
We have already pointed out All. The. Benefits. Of. GOP. Tax. Cuts. These benefits are enjoyed – and supported – by everyday Ohioans, but the Ohio Democrat Party refuses to acknowledge that Sherrod Brown and the entire Ohio Democrat Congressional Delegation voted against the best interests of everyday, middle-class Ohioans.
So, we decided to take it one step further and follow the money.
Surely the Ohio Democrat Party practices what they preach by employing good, hard-working, middle-class, everyday Ohioans. (Despite our political differences, we’ve seen no evidence to refute that.)
Luckily for the state of Ohio, the Ohio Democrat Party is subject to reporting expenditures, so we can see just how well GOP Tax Cuts are performing for their staffers. On average, staffers at the Ohio Democrat Party are taking home $1,500 more per year thanks to GOP Tax Reform, while the top earner will take home an extra $2,900!
To that, we say congratulations and you’re welcome!
We took the payroll information for each employee from the Year-End 2017 filing and the March Monthly 2018 filing. This gave us a full month’s salary for each employee under the 2017 withholding tables and the first full month under the 2018 withholding tables.
We then took the difference between the two monthly totals, multiplied that by 12, and averaged the additional amount each employee receives due to the withholding tables changes.
While FEC reports contain a wealth of information, we were forced to make the following assumptions and adjustments:
- ODP pays their employees twice per month for a total of 24 pay periods per year.
- Several staffers started in the middle of December or ended their employment in January, or February. These employees were not included in the average.
- Although this information is public, we have redacted the names of each staffer and instead included an alias in an effort to maintain privacy and decorum.
Year-End 2017 FEC Report: http://docquery.fec.gov/cgi-bin/forms/C00016899/1205644/
February Monthly 2018 Report: http://docquery.fec.gov/cgi-bin/forms/C00016899/1210587/
March Monthly 2018 Report: http://docquery.fec.gov/cgi-bin/forms/C00016899/1215670/