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Claytor touts fundraising

Democratic State Auditor candidate Mike Claytor has raised more than $50,000 in 2013 for his campaign.

Claytor, a retired CPA and Board of Accounts examiner, said no non-incumbent candidate for State Auditor -- Democrat or Republican -- has raised as much in the year prior to election, according to a review of campaign finance reports at the Indiana Election Commission website.

His annual report filed Monday showed $50,444 in total funds raised from 118 contributions. Seventy-one of the 118 contributions – 60 percent – came from grassroots supporters who donated $100 or less. All but one of the contributions came from Indiana residents or organizations.

Greater transparency in state government is a key piece of the platform for Claytor's State Auditor campaign, but he also believes that candidates should be just as transparent as those already in office. That's why Claytor has pledged that he will follow in the footsteps of the late Gov. Frank O'Bannon and disclose all his campaign contributions, not just those that are required.

"I believe in continuing the tradition that Governor O'Bannon started," Claytor wrote. "If you search for my report, you will find every contribution that we can report.... Let's all be transparent and let everyone know where all of our support comes from."

Republican State Auditor Suzanne Crouch has been in office for just a few weeks.

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