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Candidates’ money trail now online

Voters who want to follow the money spent by candidates for local and state offices can find campaign reports filed last week online.

The Allen County Election Board provides PDFs of the reports from candidates for county offices and school boards. Candidates are not required to submit the reports online, so the election board staff scans and posts them. The method of accessing the reports is not ideal – you cannot search for a specific contributor, for example – but the reports are relatively easy to read and let you know who is giving to whom.

Go to allencounty.us/election-board.

Click on “Campaign Finance” on the left, then click on “Filed Campaign Finance Reports,” then click on “2012 Pre-Election Reports.”

Candidates for state office, including legislative seats, file their reports with the Indiana secretary of state. Those reports are searchable and offer a wealth of information.

Go to www.in.gov/sos/elections.

Click on “Campaign Finance” on the left. Then click on “Indiana Campaign Finance Online.” On the left you can search by candidate, by contributor or by race.

Backing Mourdock

If you have any doubts how important Indiana’s U.S. Senate race is to the national Republican Party, just ask Mitt Romney.

Republican Richard Mourdock’s latest commercial features the GOP presidential nominee in what is believed to be the only Romney ad for a Senate candidate this fall.

Mayor of .?

Two years ago, I wondered why Republican Paula Hughes decided to make her formal announcement that she was running for mayor in another city, New Haven.

Republican Mitch Harper has already said he is running for mayor in 2015. Later this month, he will hold his first big fundraiser since declaring his intentions – in Indianapolis, at Monarch Beverage, a major beer and wine distributor. Harper’s flier for the event pictures and names David Long, who holds the top spot in the state Senate, suggesting Long may be helping Harper line up some contributors – in a city 100 miles from Fort Wayne.

What about Bob?

Outside of the numerous yard signs spread throughout northeast Fort Wayne, State Rep. Bob Morris – who infamously dissed the Girl Scouts earlier this year – has been mostly absent without leave on the campaign trail this fall. Morris apparently hopes – and for good reason – that his district is so Republican, putting up yard signs is all he needs to do.

Given the district’s makeup, it would take an intense, highly aggressive campaign for a Democrat to win, and that simply isn’t happening. Though Democratic opponent Lafayette “Lee” Jordan has good name recognition, he has not waged an aggressive campaign – despite the ample fodder Morris provided in his rants about the Girl Scouts promoting lesbianism and abortion.

Tracy Warner, editorial page editor, has worked at The Journal Gazette since 1981. He can be reached at 461-8113 or by email, twarner@jg.net.

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