Hogsett receives fundraising boost from Christel DeHaan, Jim Irsay

As Election Day nears, incumbent Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett has raised nearly a six-figure sum in a seven-day time span.

Campaign finance records show that Hogsett, a Democrat seeking a second term, raised $93,250 from Oct. 24 through Wednesday. Hogsett’s opponent, Republican state Sen. Jim Merritt, raised $19,367 in the same time frame.

Incumbent Mayor Joe Hogsett, left, and Republican challenger Jim Merritt, a state senator

Hogsett’s biggest donor in the last few days was Indianapolis businesswoman and philanthropist Christel DeHaan, who gave him $30,000.

DeHaan, who is the founder and former CEO of not-for-profit Christel House International, has regularly donated to politicians, but typically has given more to Republicans. Some Republicans she has supported in the past include Gov. Eric Holcomb, Secretary of State Connie Lawson, former Gov. Mitch Daniels and the Indiana House Republican Campaign Committee.

But she also has supported some Democrats, such as state Rep. Greg Porter, who represents part of Indianapolis.

Hogsett also received $10,000 from Jim Irsay, owner of the Indianapolis Colts, and $1,000 from the Indianapolis Colts during the past week.

Merritt has repeatedly been out-fundraised by Hogsett, who had nearly $1 million cash on hand at the end of the last reporting period earlier this month, while Merritt had about $150,000.

Election Day is Tuesday, but early voting is available through Monday.

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2 thoughts on “Hogsett receives fundraising boost from Christel DeHaan, Jim Irsay

  1. Reading “Europe: A History”, and the author stated this: “Serving a wealthy patron was the best road to social advancement. It was patronage that gave Roman government its characteristic blend of democratic forms and oligarchic control.” Irsay speaks for itself; Christel House and Bosma, Pence, and Daniels (who of course pushed LOS) …

  2. CBS: The most dangerous cities in America, ranked 12. Indianapolis, Indiana

    The violent crime rate in Indianapolis is 1,334 per 100,000 residents.
    In 2017, 156 people in the city were murdered. 159 in 2018 and as of 10-28-19 we are 120.

    I can’t see how supporting more of the same would be good for Irsay or DeHaan.