The Indiana House has approved legislation that would prohibit
the governor from soliciting or receiving campaign contributions during long,
budget-writing sessions of the General Assembly.
The House approved the provision yesterday as an amendment to a bill about
voting. Legislators already are prohibited from getting political contributions
during sessions in odd-numbered years, which is when state budgets are
The bill by Democratic Rep. Kreg Battles of Vincennes also would prohibit any
businesses or their executives and their family members with state contracts
worth more than $50,000 from giving contributions to statewide office holders or
candidates. Battles says he wasn’t implying that anything wrong has occurred,
just that there should be more sunshine in state government.