Two Republican candidates from the 9th congressional district have loaned their campaigns at least $100,000 each amid a hotly contested and crowded primary race to fill a vacant seat in southeast Indiana.
The first-quarter campaign finance reports due Friday were the first since Republican Rep. Trey Hollingsworth announced he was not seeking re-election and nine Republican candidates ran. The reports offer insight into who can afford to pay for expensive advertising and who could be frontrunners on May 3.
The first quarter campaign finance reports were due out on Friday. were the first expected since Republican Representative Trey Hollingsworth announced he was not seeking re-election and nine Republican candidates ran. The reports offer insight into who can afford to pay for expensive advertising and who could be frontrunners on May 3.
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Mike Sodrel, who represented the district between 2005 and 2007, loaned his campaign $425,000 according to his first-quarter fundraising report released Friday. First-time candidate Stu Barnes-Israel loaned his campaign $100,000.
Excluding personal contributions and loans, Sodrel received just over $38,000 in contributions – less than the amount three other contestants received – but with his large loan and a personal contribution of $4,420, his receipts went up. exceeded those of its opponents. He has just under $58,000 in cash.
Barnes-Israel raised approximately $265,000 in addition to its personal loan and a personal contribution of $1,000, and had almost $232,000 in cash at the end of the quarter. When asked if he would lend his campaign money during an April 30 interview with IndyStar a day before the end of the quarter, Barnes-Israel replied that he was “not a wealthy self-financing”.
According to Barnes-Israel financial disclosure statement, he earned just under $450,000 from his work for McKinsey & Company and Citadel last year. His wife earned an additional $105,000 from her work at Walmart.
Meanwhile, Sodrel earned more than $5 million last year from Sodrel Holdings, its Jeffersonville-based trucking company, according to his financial statement.
Excluding personal loans, former Senator Erin Houchin raised the most money, raising more than $377,000. She had the most cash on hand of the three with around $250,000.
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No other 9th District candidate has raised more than $100,000 including personal contributions and loans.
Republican fundraising has significantly outpaced that of Democrats in what experts consider a safe Republican neighborhood. On the Democratic side, Matt Fyfe raised the most in the first quarter with just over $13,000, followed by Isak Asare with just over $12,000.
Here’s how much Indiana’s other congressional candidates raised in the first quarter.
Incumbent Democratic Rep. Frank J. Mrvan raised nearly $178,000 in the first quarter and had nearly $428,000 in cash. His main opponent did not file a campaign finance report.
Mrvan’s biggest challenge will likely be in the general election, where he is targeted by the Republican National Committee of Congress. He was eliminated by a Republican candidate in the first quarter.
Among Republicans who filed, Blair Milo raised more than $208,000, followed by Jennifer-Ruth Green who raised just under $163,000 in the first quarter of the year. During this election cycle, however, it is Green who has raised the most.
Green had just under $151,000 in cash and Milo had just under $111,000 in cash.
There are no contested primaries in Indiana’s 2nd congressional district. Republican Rep. Jackie Walorski raised more than $295,000 and had $1.37 million in cash.
Democrat Paul Steury raised about $5,000 and spent none of it.
Republican Rep. Jim Banks is unchallenged in the primary. He raised nearly $295,000 in the first quarter and had approximately $1.05 million in cash.
Of the Democrats who ran in the primary, only Gary Snyder raised enough money to file a campaign finance report. He raised $12,000 and had around $1,900 in cash.
Republican Rep. Jim Baird is unchallenged in the primary. He raised about $76,000 in the first quarter and had less than $310,000 in cash.
No Democrats have filed a campaign finance report.
Republican Representative Victoria Sparta is unchallenged in the primary. She raised about $336,000, including personal contributions, and had $1.27 million in cash.
Democrat Matt Hall raised $41,000, including personal contributions, and had just under $24,000 in cash. Her main challenger, Jeannine Lee Lake, raised just under $3,000 and loaned herself an additional $1,000. She had about $3,000 in cash.
Republican Rep. Greg Pence raised more than $271,000 and had just under $594,000 in cash at the end of the quarter. His main opponent has not filed a campaign finance report, nor have any of the Democratic candidates.
Democratic Rep. Andre Carson raised about $83,000 and had more than $912,000 in cash. None of Carson’s main opponents filed a report.
Of the Republican primary candidates, Angela Grabovsky raised the most, receiving less than $42,000 in contributions and loaning her campaign an additional $200,100. She had over $157,000 in cash.
Bill Allen raised $1,000 and loaned his campaign another $25,000. He has approximately $6,600 in cash. Russell (Rusty) Scott Johnson has raised $1,600 and has about $400 in cash.
The other two main candidates did not file a report.
Republican Rep. Larry Bucshon is unchallenged in the primary. He raised over $144,000 and had around $433,000 in cash.
Of the Democratic primary candidates, only Ray McCormick filed a report. He raised less than $11,000, then loaned his campaign another $20,000. He had about $8,000 in cash.
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