Lugar report shows strong in-state support, momentum Lugar's report showed it received $820,161 between 1/1 and 3/31, 2012 - an increase since last quarter,with about 80 % of all individual donations coming from Hoosiers. reflects strong Indiana support
INDIANAPOLIS - Sen. Dick Lugar's campaign finance report filed shows strong in-state support and increased momentum for his re-election efforts.
Lugar's report showed it received $820,161 between Jan. 1 and March 31, 2012 - an increase since last quarter - with about 80 percent of all individual donations coming from Hoosiers.
"Senator Lugar's report reflects strong Indiana support for his agenda: cutting taxes and spending, fostering private-sector jobs and repealing Obamacare and other liberal policies," spokesman Andy Fisher said. "That contrasts with our challenger's desperate efforts, which are relying on out-of-state special interest groups to bundle money, buy campaign materials and smear Dick Lugar's distinguished record and leadership."
Questions linger about Mourdock's donations, loans
Challenger Richard Mourdock reportedly raised a similar amount this quarter, but has trailed Lugar every quarter since entering the race last year. As of noon today, there was no public record that Mourdock had filed its first quarter report, leaving media questions about outsider fundraising and donations, additional campaign loans and outstanding debts. One special interest group has reportedly acknowledged raising $225,000 of Mourdock's first-quarter contributions.
Mourdock personally loaned his struggling campaign money in two of the first three quarters of 2011, according to Federal Election Commission records. One personal loan to the campaign from Mourdock was for $100,000. Media accounts indicated Mourdock's campaign owed the candidate in excess of $200,000 at the beginning of 2012.
Lugar attracts hundreds of new donors, reports no debts
Friends of Dick Lugar's 8,157 contributors - including nearly one thousand new donors this year - have made 16,437 separate gifts toward Lugar's 2012 campaign. Their report filed Friday verified the Lugar campaign had limited out-of-state donations, no debt and owed no loans. Lugar ended the quarter with more than $2.5 million cash-on-hand.
"This week's debate victory and endorsements from both the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and the Indiana Manufacturers are providing considerable boosts to our volunteer and fundraising successes. Clearly, the momentum is now with Senator Lugar," Fisher said.
Lugar's full report will be available at www.fec.gov.