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Oesterle starts PAC for GOP Senate candidate

November 10, 2015

The former CEO of Angie's List Inc. has started a new political action committee to boost the campaign of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Eric Holcomb.

The new super PAC, called Frugal Hoosiers, was started by Bill Oesterle, who stepped down from leadership at Angie's List this year after leading it for more than 16 years. He cited his desire to become more politically active as the reason for his resignation.

Oesterle this year also started Tech for Equality, a lobbying group that backs the addition of sexual orientation and gender identity to state and local anti-discrimination codes. 

The Frugal Hoosiers PAC will raise money for television ads to support Holcomb in his 2016 bid to replace retiring Republican Sen. Dan Coats, Oesterle told The Indianapolis Star.

Oesterle and Holcomb were both top political aides to former Gov. Mitch Daniels. Oesterle has drawn attention with his criticism of GOP Gov. Mike Pence's support for the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Holcomb is a former state Republican chairman who is far behind in campaign fundraising in the Senate race to GOP Congressmen Todd Young and Marlin Stutzman.

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