Political Notebook


Lugar far outpacing Mourdock in donations, cash

Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., continues to build up his campaign coffers for the May 8 primary election, almost doubling his GOP challenger's fundraising total in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Lugar's re-election campaign announced Monday it has filed a campaign finance report showing Lugar collected more than $761,000 in contributions in the final three months of last year and ended 2011 with $4 million in cash.

According to media reports, Lugar's rival in the Republican primary, state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, raised $386,000 in the fourth quarter and had $362,000 in cash on hand at year's end.

"If Mourdock wants to prove his worth to national conservative leaders in the hopes of winning their support. his latest report isn't going to help very much on that front," wrote two reporters for the National Journal's Hotline On Call.

The latest finance reports required by the Federal Election Commission indicate Mourdock has raised $1.18 million in total campaign contributions for the race, compared with $4.57 million for Lugar, a senator since 1977.

Rep. Joe Donnelly, D-2nd, who seeks the Democratic nomination for Senate, has not announced his fundraising totals for the fourth quarter. Tuesday is the deadline for filing the latest campaign finance reports with the FEC.

The Lugar and Mourdock campaigns lately have been touting endorsements each has received.

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard recently announced his support for Lugar while Gov. Mitch Daniels repeated his endorsement. Meantime, the chairs of College Republican Chapters at 12 universities and colleges in Indiana said they are backing Mourdock. No CRC chairs from schools in northeast Indiana were on the list.