Editorial: Portman’s donation of 2 months salary came from his heart


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U.S. Senator Rob Portman isn’t one to seek the spotlight. He’ll have to excuse us though as we shine the light brightly on him and deservedly so.

Portman announced Monday that he will be donating $29,000 — or two months of his $174,000 salary — to five regional organizations across Ohio.

“Many Ohioans are hurting right now due to the coronavirus pandemic, struggling to pay their bills and make ends meet. Many individuals are seeing their paychecks disappear and small business owners throughout the state are making sacrifices as they struggle to keep their doors open. Our non-profits are also under tremendous pressure,” Portman said.

The five charities who will receive donations are:

• The Cleveland Foundation COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund.

• The Columbus Foundation Emergency Response Fund.

• The United Way and Greater Cincinnati Foundation local nonprofit fund.

• The Southeast Ohio Food Bank.

• and the Greater Toledo Community Foundation Covid-19 Response.

The donations came from his heart as he watches so many agencies doing all they can to help the thousands of Ohioans who are either laid off from their jobs or have tested positive for the virus.

“These organizations are representative of so many great nonprofits and volunteers that are responding to the urgent needs of individuals, families, and small businesses across Ohio during this coronavirus crisis,” Portman said.

Portman played a key role in crafting the $2 trillion economic relief package that President Trump signed into law Friday.

The Ohio Republican was tasked with negotiating expanded unemployment benefits in the legislation.

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