A new independent analysis shows the Republican Governors Association spent more in Ohio in 2010 than in any other state, helping John Kasich beat Democrat Ted Strickland. The assessment of national political spending in states with disclosure was conducted by the National Institute on Money in State Politics. It found the Republican governors' group directed more than 11 million dollars against Strickland. The group got a 1-million dollar donation from Rupert Murdoch, Kasich's former employer at Fox. From 2006 to 2010, independent groups conducted 18 percent of the spending in Ohio's targeted races compared with spending from campaign accounts.