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Elected Officials

Obama raising more money in Indiana, but business interests stick with McCain

Republican Sen. John McCain has been unable to achieve the same Indiana fund-raising edge on his Democratic opponent that President George W. Bush did in past elections. Bush rang up an Indiana fund-raising advantage of $1.7 million over Sen. John Kerry in 2004, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. And his popularity in Indiana allowed him to spend those dollars to help him campaign in other states while easily winning Indiana's electoral votes. But this election, Sen. Barack Obama had outraised Republican John McCain by $360,000 through the end of August, when McCain's decision to take public campaign funds forced him to stop raising funds directly for himself. Obama did not take public funds, and so has continued to raise money.


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Leaders disagree about Clinton, Obama preference

The topic of health care sparked the most spirited comments from business leaders interviewed by IBJ ahead of the May 6 presidential primary. When asked whether they thought Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton would be better for business, executives in manufacturing, exporting, computer technology, logistics and education largely demurred.
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