Campaign finance update: governor's race 



By Tim Grimes
TheStatehouseFile.com

Republican Mike Pence raised $2.9 million from July through September compared to $1 million raised by his Democratic gubernatorial opponent John Gregg.

Pence reported $1.8 million in cash on Sept. 30, despite having run television ads since mid May. Gregg's campaign had roughly $499,000.

That means Pence had more than three times as much cash as Gregg heading into the crucial final weeks of the campaign.

"Over the past few months, Mike's positive, issues-based vision and roadmap to make Indiana the state that works have drawn thousands of Hoosiers to invest time, talent and resources," said Kyle Robertson, campaign manager.

Libertarian Rupert Boneham reported contributions of nearly $15,400 during the quarter. He had about $2,400 when the quarter ended.

In the Senate race, Republican Richard Mourdock said last week he raised more than $3 million during the year's third quarter. The campaign had roughly $1.3 million in cash on Sept. 30.

His Democratic opponent – Joe Donnelly – raised $1.55 million during the quarter and reported $936,000 on hand.

Both Gregg and Donnelly touted the fact that an overwhelming number of their donations came from small, Indiana donors.

Donnelly said that 77 percent of donations to his campaign were less than $50.

Gregg said his median individual donation was $40 and he said more than 97 percent of his contributions came from Hoosiers.

"I have taken my message of creating jobs, strengthening education and bi-partisan cooperation to every corner of the state," Gregg said. "Today's report shows that the message is resonating with voters throughout Indiana."

The Mourdock campaign said its average campaign contribution was $125.

But make no mistake: The major-party candidates for governor have both accepted large contributions from donors.

Their reports, which were due to state regulators on Monday, were dotted with plenty of contributions of more than $10,000 – some were much larger.

Among them, the Gregg campaign listed a $100,000 contribution from the Carpenters Legislative Improvement Committee, a union-based group, as well as $50,000 from the UAW Region 3 Victory Fund. The campaign had a number of big contributions from other union-affiliated groups.

The Pence campaign received a $25,000 individual donation from Foster Freiss, the billionaire that funded Rick Santorum's campaign and state campaigns in swing states including Pennsylvania.

Friess became controversial in February when he said, "And this contraceptive thing, my gosh, it's so – it's such – inexpensive, you know, back in my days, they used Bayer Aspirin for contraception. The gals put it between their knees and it wasn't that costly."

He also had a $10,000 contribution from Indiana philanthropist ChristelDeHaan. And Bob and Doylene Perry of Houston – some of the biggest GOP contributions in the nation – gave Pence a combined $100,000.

Tim Grimes is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news service powered by Franklin College journalism students and faculty.

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