Indiana ACLU starts 3-year fundraising drive

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana has begun a three-year fundraising drive to improve outreach and fight its legal battles.

ACLU Indiana Executive Director Gilbert Holmes said Monday the campaign has received $500,000 from the Sara Reuben Revocable Trust.

The group is locked in two high-profile battles with the state seeking to invalidate new laws barring Planned Parenthood of Indiana from receiving Medicaid funds and cracking down on illegal immigration.

The group also has hired veteran fundraiser Ron Newlin. He led the Indiana State Museum Foundation's $35 million capital campaign for the new state museum in White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis. Previously, as executive director of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, he oversaw a statewide capital campaign for its museum in New Castle.

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