INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
Indiana’s candidates for governor raked in a combined $7 million dollars in
campaign contributions over the past three months - money that will fuel
what could become one of the most expensive political races in state
out-fundraised by Democratic former state House Speaker John Gregg last
quarter, preliminary numbers indicate that Republican Gov. Mike Pence’s
campaign led this time around, taking in a total of $4.1 million. Most of
that money came through $2.6 million in cash contributions, bringing his
cash-on-hand total to about $7.4 million, according to a campaign memo
“To put these
numbers into perspective, in 2008, then-Governor Mitch Daniels reported
raising $1.8 million” during the same period, Mart Obst, the executive
director of Pence’s campaign wrote in the memo.
Pence’s bottom line
was boosted by a substantial ad buy, paid for by the Republican Governors
Association, which has saturated TV with an attack on Gregg.
The most expensive
race in state history was in 2004, when Daniels and Democratic Gov. Joe
Kernan spent a combined $33 million on the governor’s race.
There is an air of
uncertainty about this year’s race because Pence is among a handful of
Republicans being considered by Donald Trump as his vice presidential
nominee. Under state law, Pence cannot run for governor and vice president
at the same time.
says it took in a total of about $3 million during the same period, which
dates back to the beginning of April. And Gregg campaign manager Tim
Henderson says Gregg would have outraised Pence without the help of the RGA,
which has donated more than $2 million in ads and cash to Pence.
“They’ve had to
come and bail him out,” said Henderson, who added that Gregg has about $5.8
million on-hand. “If you take the RGA out of the equation for him, we’ve
outraised him every quarter.”
do not have to be reported to the Indiana Secretary of State’s office until
July 15, but large donations are reported more quickly.
Records show Pence
swept up nearly $200,000 in large donations toward the end of June, much of
it coming from businessmen. That includes $10,000 from H. Ross Perot Jr.,
son of former independent presidential candidate Ross Perot. In June, Pence
attended a Missouri fundraiser held in the St. Louis home of Rex Sinquefield,
the state’s most prolific political donor.
Gregg has collected
large sums from labor unions, who are perhaps his strongest financial
backer. Gregg recently launched a negative ad of his own, hitting Pence over
plans by Carrier Corp. to lay off Indiana workers and relocate their jobs to
Alluding to what
could turn into a brutal campaign of attacks and counter attacks, Obst said
in the memo that more fundraising was needed to “push back against the
onslaught of negative ads by Gregg and his liberal allies.”