It appears the Allen County Republican Partys financial comeback can be considered a success.
After years of financial and other problems, the local GOP ended 2009 in the black, according to annual campaign finance reports filed last month.
The party reported having $16,629 at the end of last year and only $542 in debt. The debt, according to the report, was resolved early this year.
The GOPs finances were helped by Sen. Tom Wyss forgiving a $9,000 loan owed him by the party.
Steve Shine, local party chairman, said the party worked hard to improve its finances last year, including creating separate committees to examine expenses and raising money.
I hope well be able to continue that trend, he said.
It was only a year ago that the picture wasnt as rosy.
The party ended 2008 with $15,724 in debt and $2,225 in cash, prompting several people to challenge Shine for his chairmanship. He was able to deter those challengers, and it appears the party has been able to right its money woes.
With Gov. Mitch Daniels in town Tuesday for the partys Lincoln Day fundraiser, Shine said he expects this year to be even better.
Parties and candidates will file their pre-primary finance reports this week.
Ron Fusselman, Republican candidate for the House District 50 seat, called on his opponent last week to repay the taxpayers of Indiana for the cost of a recent mail piece sent by the Indiana House less than 30 days before the primary.
Rep. Dan Leonard, R-Huntington – along with all House Republicans – recently sent a jobs update card to members of his district.
But he didnt break any rules in doing so.
Both Republicans and Democrats in the House abide by the same rules regarding state-paid mailers. They are allowed to send a limited number each year. And during an election year, none can go out after July 30.
But there are no limitations before the primary election.
And Fusselman should expect to see another such piece soon – a post-session newsletter again being sent out on behalf of all House Republicans.
The Session ended March 12, but Tory Flynn, media director for the House Republicans caucus, said the process to get a mail piece written and approved takes several weeks.
Treasurer bid cast
South Bend businessman Pete Buttigieg last week formally launched his campaign for the Democratic nomination for state treasurer.
A graduate of Harvard and a Rhodes scholar, he previously worked at a top consulting firm specializing in economic development, energy and logistics.
But Buttigieg is now campaigning full time for treasurer. His priority, if elected, would be to leverage Indianas deposits in a way to spur job creation.
Buttigieg is the only Democrat seeking the office and is expected to be formally nominated at the Indiana Democratic Party State Convention on June 26.
He will face Republican State Treasurer Richard Mourdock in the general election.
Indianas Third Congressional District Democratic Party will hold its annual dinner at 6 p.m. April 24 at Eagles Nest Event Center in Columbia City.
The focus of the dinner is the race to retain the majority in the Indiana House. The keynote address will be provided by House Speaker Patrick Bauer, D-South Bend. Several Democratic House candidates will also speak.
U.S. Senate candidate Brad Ellsworth and U.S. Congress candidate Dr. Tom Hayhurst will address the crowd.
Tickets are $30. Each county Democratic organization has tickets. Go to www.indems3.org for more information.