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Holcomb pulls in big money from Republican Super PAC

October 6, 2016

Indiana’s Republican gubernatorial candidate Eric Holcomb on Thursday touted raising $7.7 million so far in his short, two-month campaign. Most of the money is from large donors including a national Republican Super PAC, his running mate and from Gov. Mike Pence.

More than $4.7 million of the money that Holcomb raised through Sept. 30 since jumping into the race in late July came from the following sources: $3.3 million from the Republican Governors Association Right Direction PAC, $1.2 million from Mike Pence for Indiana and $200,000 from the Friends of Suzanne Crouch committee. As candidate for lieutenant governor, Crouch is Holcomb’s running mate.

Nearly $5.5 million of his total donations are from people and groups who gave more than $50,000. 

Notable large donations include $100,000 from Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, $100,000 from auto racing giant Roger Penske and $50,000 from Columbus businessman Anthony Moravec. 

Holcomb was nominated July 26 by Indiana Republican Party committeemen after Gov. Mike Pence left the ticket to become Donald Trump’s running mate.

Holcomb’s opponent John Gregg raised more than $3 million in the second quarter, but his spokesman said the campaign had not yet finalized third-quarter fundraising numbers.