The Porter County Republican Party Committee and the Porter County
Democratic Party Commit-tee both submitted their 2009 campaign finance
reports before the March 1 deadline last week with the county Voter
The parties were nearly even in total contributions last year with the
Democrats reporting $29,355.61, just shy of the Republicans’ total of
The reports revealed HRC Hotels President Jeff Good of Valparaiso as the top
individual donor overall with a $1,845.60 contribution to the Porter County
Good’s business, Good Hospitality Services, also gave an additional $2,000
to the county GOP as the highest corporate sponsor of the party.
Other individual Republican contributors who gave more than $400 included
Ross Pangere of Portage ($1,000), K. Bruce Snyder of Porter ($840),
Jacqueline Sterling of Valparaiso ($570) Michael D. Simpson of Valparaiso
($500), and Zathoe Sexton of Merrillville ($400). Other corporations and
organizations giving more than $400 to the county Republican party are
Family Express Corporation ($610), Whiteco Industries Inc. ($500), M.E.
Simpson Company, Inc. ($475), Hoeppner Wagner & Evans ($475), Soil Solutions
($400), Sandridge Appraisals ($400) Toilex, LLC ($400) and MSF Rentals
On the Democrat side, the largest individual contributor was Julia Jent of
Portage, who gave $310 to the party. Others individual donors reported were
Nancy S. Anton of Chesterton ($250), David Chidester of Valparaiso ($230),
Joyce Alexa ($230), and Charlotte Read of Chesterton ($215).
Corporations who gave to the county Democrats are Rhame & Elwood ($550) and
Anton Insurance ($115).
The Democrats got their majority of support from local Political Action
Committees in 2009. Committees which gave more than $1000 included Iron
Workers Local 395 IPAL ($2,300), Boilermakers Local #374 ($1,340), Northwest
Indiana Federation of Labor ($1,000), and U.S. W. Local Union 12775
The Voters Registration office also said noon on Friday, April 16, is the
deadline for all candidates in the Porter County primary election to file
pre-primary campaign finance reports.