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McMillan and White top backers of failed RTD vote

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The Citizens for Northwest Indiana, a group that supported last year’s Regional Transportation District referendum in Porter County, filed its financial report on Tuesday with the Porter County Voters Registration Office.

The report was marked late as financial reports were due on Jan. 20, the same day filing began for the 2010 primary elections, according to Voters Registration Democratic leader Kathy Kozuszek.

The Citizens for Northwest Indiana report shows a total of $28,000. The main contributor was Task Force Tips owner Steven McMilllan, whose contributions totaled $18,000. Other donors included $1,000 from Calvin E. Bellamy of Munster, a $7,500 donation from Dean V. White of Merrillville, a $250 donation from Mark T. Maassel of Valparaiso, and a $150 donation from Vincent H. Giabiati of Valparaiso.

Harper leads opponents

A report from the Stop the RTA campaign was filed on Jan. 6 at the Voters Registration office. The campaign reported $5,718.54 for its contributions, with the primary contributor being Porter County Commissioner President Robert Harper, D-Center. Harper, who also served as chairman for the campaign, gave $4,600 in contributions.

The referendum to create a regional transportation district was defeated last November overwhelmingly by voters in both Porter and St. Joseph counties.



Posted 2/4/2010