campaign finance reports were due recently. The Chesterton Tribune
reviewed the 2019 annual campaign finance reports for Duneland’s four state
State Senator Karen
Tallian (D-Ogden Dunes) received $205,328 in contributions and ended 2019
with $144,159.09 in campaign coffers ahead of her 2020 run for Indiana
Attorney General. She spent $61,168.91 on her AG campaign in 2019.
campaign received 136 donations in 2019, 104 of which were from 83 different
individual people. The majority of the remaining 32 donations were from
labor organizations and political action committees.
The Tallian for
Senate Election Committee, which details its contributions and expenses in a
separate campaign finance report, is the largest single donor to her AG
campaign, contributing $80,000 total. Tallian also received donations from
other elected officials, candidates, and committees. Visclosky for Congress
donated $5,000. Donnelly for Indiana and the Committee to Elect Chuck
[Moseley] each donated $1,000. Also supporting Tallian for AG were the
Committee to Elect Jean D. Breaux ($750), and David Niezgodski for Senate
District 10 ($500).
contributions from labor organizations or PACs were $25,000 from the
International Brotherhood of Boilermakers-Legislative and $11,000 from
Indiana Regional Carpenters Cope Account.
Longshoremen's Association AFL-CIO Comm. on Political Education ("ILA
COPE"), Laborers' Local 41 Political Fund, Laborers' Local 81 Political
Fund, Local 157 PAC Fund, and Sheet Metal Workers Local 20 Vol. PAC each
contributed $5,000. CWA D4 Indiana Political Education Committee, USW Works,
and Ironworkers Local 395 Political Action League each contributed $2,500.
Political Action Fund contributed $2,000. LaPorte-based IBEW Local 531
Political Action Committee Fund, Monarch Beverage PAC, and Citizens for
Excellence in Government each donated $1,000.
James McKamey made Tallian’s largest single donation from an individual at
$15,000. The rest of Tallian’s largest individual donors were outside
Duneland. Ann A. Stack, of Indianapolis, contributed $2,000. Sue Errington,
of Muncie, donated $1,100. Indianapolis residents Ed Delaney, Kathleen A.
Delaney, and Linda L. Pence each donated $1,000.
campaign committee took in $97,052.72 in 75 donations that ranged from $50
to $2,500 in 2019. She spent $90,023.42 to end the reporting period with
$7,029.30 cash on-hand. Of the expenses, $80,000 was donated to her AG
campaign in three large donations ($10,000, $20,000, and $50,000.)
contributors to Tallian’s senate committee were NIPSCO ($2,500), Indiana
Firefighters PAC ($2,000), and Indiana BANKPAC ($2,000). Indiana Realtors
PAC, Indiana American Water PAC, Insurance PAC, Indiana Motor Truck
Association, UPS PAC, AT&T PAC, and Comcast of IL, IN/OHIO, LLC each
donated $750. 29 PACS, businesses, or individuals donated between $400 and
$500. Some of them were Indy E-Cigs LLC, NWI Building and Construction
Trades PAC, Indiana CPA PAC, Friends of Indiana Hospitals, IBEW Local 697
PAC, Zionsville-based Market & Capital Advocacy LLC, Arcelor Mittal, Indiana
Friends of Rural Electrification, Zionsville resident Rebecca Seamands,
Indianapolis residents Teri Cjajka and Gretchen Gutman, and U.S. Small
Business Owners Association.
State Representatives Chuck Moseley (D-Portage), Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso),
and Pat Boy (D-Michigan City) are all up for reelection this year, all had
very few contributions from individuals in 2019. State law precludes Indiana
State Representatives from soliciting campaign donations in odd-numbered
years, which is when the long legislative session occurs, according to the
2020 Indiana Campaign Finance Manual.
Over in District
10, Moseley brought in $35,878.88 in contributions and spent $26,914.92 to
end 2019 with $13,537.60 cash on-hand.
Moseley took in 40
donations, including one $1,000 donation to himself. His largest donation
from an individual was $500 from Indianapolis resident Dale Stackhouse. He
also received $500 from the Clancy for Portage committee. Indiana
Professional Firefighters PAC gave $600 in two donations, and Portage
Firefighters Local 3151 PAC gave $500.
20 of Moseley’s
donations, totaling approximately $27,600, came from labor organizations. 12
of them were between $150 and $500. USW Local 104, Indiana State Pipe Trades
PAC, USW Local 6787, United Transportation Union, Laborers Local 81 PAC,
IBEW Local 21 each contributed $1,000. Moseley’s two largest donations
($10,000 each) came from Boilermakers Local 374 and Ironworkers Local 395
political action league.
The rest of
Moseley’s donations came from PACS or businesses, including Beer Industry
PAC ($500), Indiana Multi-family Housing PAC ($500), Law PAC of Indiana
($500), NiSource Inc. PAC ($500), Arcelor Mittal ($300), and Houston,
Tex.-based BP Corporation North America Inc. PAC ($250). Wine and Spirits
Distributors of Indiana donated $328.88 in-kind.
In District 9,
freshman Representative Boy took in $3,959.63 in contributions and spent
$335.55 in 2019. She ended the reporting period with $26,953.53 cash
Boy contributed a
total of $237.80 to her own campaign, mostly in-kind for website management
and email marketing. She received 12 donations from 12 different PACS, labor
organizations, businesses, and individuals.
donors were the Indiana Realtors PAC and the Lawyers PAC of Indiana who each
donated $500. Indianapolis-based Short Strategy Group, Indiana Credit Union
PAC, and Indiana Bank PAC each contributed $300. Wine and Spirits
Distributors of Indiana contributed $272.72 in-kind. Indiana Health Care
PAC, ICE Miller LLC, USW Local 12775, and Indianapolis resident Clinton
McKay each donated $250.
In District 4,
Soliday took in $38,109.25 in donations and spent $20,972.90 in 2019. He
ended the reporting period with $29,357.99 cash on-hand and $168.06 in
Soliday took in 57
donations in 2019. His donations averaged larger than the other Duneland
Reps--only five of his donations were under $300--but none of his donations
exceeded $2,500. He received an approximate total of $15,450 from utilities
companies or associated PACS. His largest donations form individuals were
from Indianapolis residents Mitchell Hopewood ($500) and Thomas John ($400).
The largest contribution was from Indiana Friends of Rural Electrification
were Comcast of Indiana/Illinois/Ohio LLC, EDP Renewables North America LLC
PAC, Indiana American Water PAC, Alliance Coal PAC, American Wind Energy
Association, Bose McKinney and Evans LLP, Sunrise Coal LLC, Indiana Builders
PAC, Indiana Coal PAC, and American Council of Engineering Companies
Indiana. Tel PAC contributed $1,300 in two donations.
MW Block & Brick
LLC, Indiana Multi-family Housing PAC, and Kelley Automotive Group LLC each
contributed $1,500. Indiana Bank PAC, American Electric Power, and Trucking
Industry PAC each contributed $2,000.