Rabbi Robert Barr Raises $236,000 in Race for Congress in OH-01

Rabbi Robert Barr Raises $236,000 in Race for Congress in OH-01

Democrat Barr Raises More in One Reporting Period Than Steve Chabot Raised in Any Quarter in Almost a Decade

CINCINNATI – Rabbi Robert Barr, a Democrat running for Congress against Rep. Steve Chabot, announced today that his campaign raised $236,000 and has over $200,000 on-hand as of December 31. Rabbi Barr launched his campaign in mid-October.

Rabbi Barr received local and national financial support, including from Congressman Steny Hoyer, a top Democrat in Congress and the House Minority Whip. Barr raised more money than any other OH-01 candidate – Democrat or Republican – has raised in a single reporting period since 2010.

“The challenge of changing our politics, living up to our values, and bridging the divide in our country will be difficult – but the challenge makes us stronger, and demonstrates who we are as people,” said Rabbi Robert Barr. “Our fundraising shows people in Southwest Ohio are committed to change. People want something different.

Rabbi Barr continued, “Steve Chabot has been in Congress for a long time. It’s time for a change, and this is how change happens.”

Rabbi Barr’s fundraising success follows last week’s announcement that retired Judge Nathaniel R. Jones and community leaders Barb Rinto and Sallie Westheimer will co-chair his campaign.

Recent polling has shown Congressman Chabot in a weak position after years in Congress, with a majority of voters saying they would vote or consider voting to replace him.  In 2016, Donald Trump won the district by just 6 points, and Democrats running across the country in 2017 outperformed Hillary Clinton by 13 points.


Rabbi Robert Barr is a Democrat running for Congress with the same commitment to service, problem solving, and community that drove him to become a rabbi 37 years ago. He is challenging Republican Congressman Steve Chabot in a district that Donald Trump won by 6 points in 2016.

Rabbi Barr would be the first rabbi to serve in Congress. He is the founding rabbi of Congregation Beth Adam and of OurJewishCommunity.org, one of the largest online Jewish congregations. Rabbi Barr’s grandparents immigrated to the U.S. over 100 years ago and his father served in World War II. Until sixth grade, Rabbi Barr struggled with a severe reading disability – which changed when committed teachers intervened and transformed his life.

Rabbi Barr believes politics have divided the country and that we need to leave the country better than we found it by enacting meaningful campaign finance reform, making health care more affordable, and investing in infrastructure. He is running a values-driven campaign. Learn more at RobertBarrForCongress.com.