FORT WAYNE – U.S. Senate challenger Richard Mourdock raised a little more money from a lot more people in northeast Indiana during the first quarter than did incumbent Richard Lugar.
State Treasurer Mourdock collected $14,875 in itemized donations from 67 contributors, an average of $222 a person, according to the latest report his campaign filed with the Federal Election Commission.
Lugar, R-Ind., attracted $9,110 in itemized donations from 27 people, an average of $337, according to his FEC report.
It’s not a whole lot of money compared to how much they’ve raised overall, Michael Wolf, a political scientist at IPFW, said Tuesday. It surprises me how little attention there is given to northeast Indiana by the candidates.
The Journal Gazette’s figures are based on contributions from residents of Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, Noble, Steuben, Wells and Whitley counties. The FEC requires that any person’s donations that exceed $200 in a calendar year must be itemized and include the donor’s name, his employer or profession, and the amount and date of the contribution.
Mourdock seeks to unseat six-term incumbent Lugar in the May 8 Republican primary election. The winner will face Rep. Joe Donnelly, D-2nd, in the Nov. 6 general election.
For the entire election cycle, Lugar had raised $5.35 million in total contributions through March 31, compared with about $1.96 million for Mourdock, according to FEC reports. But Mourdock lured more donations in the first three months of this year: $879,000 to Lugar’s $817,000.
Mourdock’s first-quarter money included $203,700 in contributions collected and bundled by Club for Growth, a fiscally conservative organization in Washington, D.C.
Donations to Lugar for the same period included $250,100 from political action committees. Mourdock received $41,000 in PAC contributions.
Mourdock’s top individual contributors from northeast Indiana included Fort Wayne Realtor Bill Bean, $1,361.67; Fort Wayne cardiologist Hollace Chastain, $1,000; Fort Wayne retiree Bob Jesse, $1,000; and Fort Wayne businessman Richard Runestad, $1,000.
Those giving the most to Lugar included Fort Wayne homemaker Virginia Wolf, $2,500; Peter Eshelman of Columbia City, owner of Heritage Farms, $1,000; and Craig Snow of Warsaw, chief executive officer of Silveus Insurance Group, $1,000.
The Senate candidates attracted national attention as well. Mourdock received $2,500 from former GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain of McDonough, Ga.; $1,000 from Golden, Colo., brewer Peter Coors; and $1,000 from Robert McNair, the CEO of the Houston Texans in the NFL.
Lugar received $2,500 from former Tennessee senator Howard Baker; $2,000 from Hyatt Hotels CEO Mark Hoplamazian of Chicago; $1,300 from former Wyoming senator Alan Simpson; and $1,000 from former Kansas senator and 1996 presidential candidate Robert Dole.