Reports detail 2018 campaign financesJanuary 22, 2019
By CANDY NEAL
Almost $37 million was invested in Indiana’s 2018 U.S. Senate race, which was by far the richest 2018 race in the state. But there were other races, including Dubois County races, that went well into the thousands of dollars.
Current U.S. Sen. Mike Braun and former Sen. Joe Donnelly were not too far apart in their available revenue amounts.
Braun, the Republican who won the race, had $19,454,007.16 to use for his campaign. Of that, $7,033,716.01 was in campaign contributions and $11,569,962.91 was in loans Braun made to the campaign, with the remaining balance coming through transfers from other authorized committees.
Included within Braun’s campaign contributions was $2,049 from party committees, $634,490.63 from other committees and $115,708.01 contributed by Braun.
Democrat Donnelly had $17,243,997.17 to use in his campaign. Of that, $16,016,163.65 came from contributions with the rest coming from transfers from other authorized committees. Within the campaign contributions was $57,400 from party committees, $4,001,298.33 from other committees and $15,000 from Donnelly himself.
In the District 8 U.S. Representative race, Republican incumbent Larry Bucshon had more than four times the amount of money than his challenger, Democrat William Tanoos.
Bucshon, who won, had revenue for his campaign totaling $967,956.05; $947,303 of that was in contributions, with the rest coming from transfers from other authorized committees. Tanoos had $229,896.74, all of which were contributions.
Just like in the federal races, Republican candidates in state legislative races that affect Dubois County outspent their Democratic counterparts.
The final campaign finance reports for statewide races have not yet be uploaded to the Indiana Election Division’s website. But the first two reports candidates had to file are online.
As of Oct. 12, the due date of the second report, Republican Shane Lindauer had $26,637.04 to use in his successful bid to win the District 63 state representative seat. Of that, $17,078.50 came from contributions, while $9,558.54 was from investments and/or cash on hand. After that, in late October, Lindauer reported that he also received a $1,000 contribution from a private donor in Jasper.
Democrat Joseph Lannan had $18,965 for his District 63 campaign, all of which was contributions.
For the District 74 state representative race, Republican Stephen Bartels, who won, had $93,858.41 to use in his campaign. Of that, $68,930.27 was in contributions and $24,928.14 was from investments and/or cash on hand. Bartels also received some large contributions after the Oct. 12 cutoff date: $2,500 from the Indiana Multi-Family Housing Political Action Committee, $5,000 from the Indiana Business for Responsive Government and a total of $67,522.77 in direct and in-kind contributions from the House Republican Campaign Committee.
Democrat Larry Kleeman had $18,843.96 for his District 74 campaign: $17,131.49 in contributions and $1,712.47 in investments and/or cash in hand.
Republican incumbent Erin Houchin had almost five times as much revenue than Democrat Nick Siler in the race for District 47 state senator, which she won. Houchin had $135,278.14 to use for her campaign. Of that, $82,763.87 came from contributions, while $52,514.27 was from investments and cash on hand. After Oct. 12, Houchin also received $2,500 in additional donations.
Siler had $16,680 to use, all of coming as contributions to his campaign.
On the county level, the most expensive race in Dubois County was for county sheriff, with Republican Tom Kleinhelter having more revenue than Democrat Tim Lampert. Kleinhelter, who won the race, had $16,529.34; Lampert had $11,037.65.
Other county races that had revenue totals that passed the $10,000 mark were county clerk, county recorder and County Council District 2.
In the clerk race, Republican winner Amy Kippenbrock had $15,553.96, which was more than Democrat Kiersten Knies, who had $10,944.78.
Republican Jaclyn McPherron had $10,821.70 for her successful bid for county recorder. That was more than twice the amount Democrat Gail Reutman had available: $4,625.
Democrat incumbent Becky Beckman had $6,025 and Republican Darren Patterson had $5,434 in their competition for the District 2 county council race, which Beckman won.
In the county council District 3 race, Democrat Deborah Major had slightly more revenue available than Republican incumbent Charmian Klem, who won. Major had $3,499.50, Klem $3,370.
For county assessor, Democrat Angie Giesler, who won, had $4,676.96, in comparison to Republican Eve Drew’s $314.20.
Information on finances for federal campaigns can be found on the Federal Election Commission’s website, www.fec.gov. State campaign finance reports can be found on the Indiana Election Division’s campaign finance website, www.campaignfinance.in.gov. Campaign finance reports for county, township and municipality elections are filed at the Dubois County Clerk’s office.
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