Confessions of a Hoosier Democrat

Blogging Indiana Politics and the 2008 Presidential Race.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

It’s Financial Reports Time!!!

Time to see who’s making the money, who’s spending it and who’s got some left for the homestretch… Thanks to OpenSecrets.org for making the data so accessible. (BTW… COH stands for Cash-on-hand).

IN-1 – Rep Visclosky is cruising to another easy win. Think of the IN-1 as being a mirror of the IN-5.

Pete Visclosky – Democrat Incumbent
Raised - $1,293,572
Spent - $884,015
COH - $1,008,575

Mark Leyva – Republican Challenger
Raised - $9,870
Spent - $9,708
COH - $657

IN-2 – This one is a LOT closer than the money story is showing. A lot of outside forces are coming to bear on this. Move-on.org has paid for a lot of ads and the Democratic and Republican national committees have also pumped a lot of money into it. Rumours abound that if Chocola doesn’t dip into his personal fortune to help, National Republicans aren’t going to be pumping cash in for much longer.

Joe Donnelly – Democrat Challenger
Raised - $1,145,316
Spent - $816,699
COH - $333,449

Chris Chocola – Republican Incumbent
Raised - $2,733,972
Spent - $1,929,247
COH - $1,001,908

IN-3 – This race is starting to turn some heads. Dr. Hayhurst has tapped his own finances to give an unexpected influx of cash down the stretch. Some have said this caught the Souder camp off-guard and they’re scrambling. I’m not sure Dr. Hayhurst can make up all the ground in time for election day, but keep your eye on this race come Nov. 7. If it’s a landslide for the Democrats, Rep. Souder may get steamrolled right along with Hostettler, Chocola and Sodrel.

Tom Hayhurst – Democrat Challenger
Raised - $592,492
Spent - $500,929
COH - $91,562

Mark Souder – Republican Incumbent
Raised - $299,141
Spent - $210,863
COH - $111,364

IN-4 – Another one of Indiana’s secure Republican districts. David Sanders’ financials aren't in, but I believe if you don’t expect to raise more than $50,000 you don’t need to file.

David Sanders – Democrat Challenger (6/30/06)
Raised - $10,109
Spent - $1,559
COH - $14,722

Steve Buyer – Republican Incumbent
Raised - $628,049
Spent - $406,225
COH - $416,949

IN-5 – See my comments for IN-4.

Katherine Carr – Democrat Challenger (no filing date listed)
Raised - $6,898
Spent - $4,567
COH - $2,414

Dan Burton – Republican Incumbent
Raised - $434,151
Spent - $571,112
COH - $840,485

IN-6 – See my comments for IN-4. Barry Welsh has run a spirited campaign on a shoestring budget. Kudos to him for making the most out of what he has. Pence’s large numbers may not be reflective of his Congressional campaign. There’s some conservative activists who’ve quietly been mentioning his name for 2008.

Barry Welsh – Democrat Challenger
Raised - $50,178
Spent - $48,061
COH - $1,777

Mike Pence – Republican Incumbent
Raised - $1,348,402
Spent - $1,064,134
COH - $480,347

IN-7 – Eric Dickerson (no, not the NFL Hall of Fame runningback, although you confuse the two I’m sure he wouldn’t mind) said at the start that he needed to raise $200,000 to run a competitive race. Gee, go figure, now he’s saying they never really needed that much. Could it be because you only raise ¼ of that? In what promised to be a good campaign has turned into something of a trainwreck. Dickerson’s campaign turned down cash and resources from the Indiana Republican Party and claims to have spent $2 million dollars on his campaign… since 1999. Considering that a lot of the population still thinks he ran for 2000+ yards in a season, I don’t think it’s money well spent.

Julia Carson – Democrat Incumbent
Raised - $321,426
Spent - $299,355
COH - $324,097

Eric Dickerson – Republican Challenger
Raised - $47,684
Spent - $27,061
COH - $21,824

IN-8 – The “Bloody Eighth” – Notorious for not raising campaign funds, John Hostettler is doing nothing to dispel that. Underachieving yet again has cause the National Committee to pour loads of cash into the district to assist. Add on top of that the excellent job that Brad Ellsworth has done in fundraising and you’ve got a seat ripe for takeover. It’s a question of when, not if, the National Republicans turn off the money spigot… Rumours (feverishly denied) abound in this race that Hostettler has all but given up. National Republicans have dumped more cash into the district in the past few days, but with more competitive seats out there you gotta wonder how long they’ll continue to pour water down the drain.

Brad Ellsworth – Democrat Challenger
Raised - $1,466,903
Spent - $1,053,440
COH - $413,463

John Hostettler – Republican Incumbent
Raised - $449,594
Spent - $181,447
COH - $269,704

IN-9 – This race is nationally known for how intense it is. For the third straight election Baron Hill and Mike Sodrel have battled it out in this no-holds-barred bare-knuckle fight. Baron Hill used Sodrel’s connection to Mark Foley against him and Sodrel claimed Hill doesn’t hold “Hoosier Values” because he voted against a gay marriage ban and flag desecration ban. This is going to go down to the wire yet again. This is the third of the Indiana Three that’s attracting a lot of national attention and money.

Baron Hill – Democratic Challenger
Raised - $1,536,268
Spent - $618,676
COH - $927,401

Mike Sodrel – Republican Incumbent
Raised - $2,181,232
Spent - $1,132,816
COH - $1,072,484

Indiana Senate – Richard Lugar’s so loved in Indiana that the Democrats didn’t even bother to put someone up against him. Yet still Lugar’s advertising on TV about how great a Senator he is… Ummm… Senator, we know… we’re convinced… you’re preaching to the choir. Steve Osborn is the token opponent for the Libertarians… and he didn’t file a financial statement.

Richard Lugar – Republican Incumbent
Raised - $5,370,017
Spent - $2,886,577
COH - $2,892,395

Evan Bayh – Senator Bayh’s data is a little different because he’s not running this year. But here’s his info…

Senate Campaign Fund
2001-2006 Total Receipts: $12,142,264
2001-2006 Total Spent: $3,815,800
Cash on Hand: $10,578,491

All America PAC
Total Receipts: $3,074,109
Total Spent: $2,662,898
Cash on Hand: $794,555

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