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Ballard, Kennedy add more than $1M in campaign funds

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Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and Democratic challenger Melina Kennedy each raised more than $1 million in the most recent seven-month reporting period and are neck-in-neck in the amount of campaign money they have on hand.

Campaign finance reports filed Friday afternoon show Ballard, a Republican vying for a second term, has raked in about $1.02 million since April 9, raising his fundraising total to $3.05 million. That includes all contributions through the reporting period that ended Oct. 14 and large contributions reported since that deadline.

Ballard has spent about $2.1 million, leaving his campaign with about $886,435 in cash.

Kennedy brought in about $1.59 million since April 9, bringing her total to $2.86 million. She spent $2.1 million and has $738,126 remaining.

Both candidates garnered several prominent contributors. Ballard’s include Christel DeHaan, the vacation-exchange pioneer and philanthropist; Andre Lacy, chairman of logistics firm LDI Ltd.; and Beurt SerVaas, the former City-County Council president and businessman.

Kennedy’s include Indiana Pacers owner Herb Simon; Collina Ventures LLC co-principal Mark Hill; and local artist and philanthropist Marianne Glick.

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  • Interesting indeed
    And I'm sure that Kennedy would not do the same. Recall her former boss Bart (Lilly) Peterson (Lilly). Do you know where Bart "Lilly" Peterson works now?
  • My thoughts
    After hearing Kennedy's newest race-baiting ad, I have had enough with this election. How can a city like Indianapolis only come up with these idiots for a mayoral election. The Republicans get a pass since they never expected Ballard to win in 08 and are forced to continue with him. The Democrats on the other hand, have no excuse. You cannot put a woman who can barely put together a rational thought on the ticket and expect to win. We are forced to vote between Ballard, an incompetent oaf, and Kennedy, the woman who continues to talk about funding that does not exist (shh...don't talk about the fact that her programs claim to be funded with money that has already been spent on roads). Indianapolis needs better than these two clowns.
  • Interesting
    Yeah, anon, and it's interesting how Ballard has a contribution from every contractor who has received city business. I'm sure that's a coincidence though.
  • how many jobs is that?
    Sorry I just want to work and have health coverage, so how come you Two cant spend this money on finding jobs instead of on these campaigns. the news stations and newspapers and these social net works can get your messages out with out paying a penny.
  • others
    Interesting on Kennedy's report - Ted Leonsis owner of Washington DC sports teams, Al Gore III, and Vince Huber.

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