Wednesday, March 06, 2019 2:40 pm
Allen GOP reports record fundraising in '18
BRIAN FRANCISCO | The Journal Gazette
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story contained inaccurate numbers for the Allen County Democratic Party's expenditures and cash on hand for 2018 and for the difference in spending between the Democratic and Republican parties.
The Allen County Republican Party raised and spent three times as much money as county Democrats did last year, according to the parties' annual campaign finance reports.
Republicans raised more than $225,000 in 2018 and spent more than $173,000. They ended the year with nearly $52,000 in cash on hand.
Democrats raised almost $74,000 and spent about $53,000, ending the year with nearly $21,000 in cash.
Republicans won 21 county and state legislative seats in the Nov. 6 general election. Democrats won a state legislative seat and a County Council seat. Republican candidates seeking four statewide offices, including a U.S. Senate seat, carried Allen County in the election, as did the GOP candidate for northeast Indiana's congressional seat.
Republican Party Chairman Steve Shine said in an email that 2018 "was a phenomenal year for us." Shine said fundraising easily topped the party's previous best financial showing, in 2016.
City Councilman John Crawford, who this spring seeks the Republican nomination for mayor of Fort Wayne, donated $12,350 to the party last year. Other large contributors included the campaign of County Prosecutor Karen Richards, which gave the party $10,325, and County Commissioner Therese Brown, who gave roughly $9,900.
The Libertarian Party of Allen County raised $636 and spent $85 in 2018, ending the year with $551 in cash, according to the report the party filed with the Indiana secretary of state's office.