Former state Sen. Brent Waltz pleaded guilty on Monday to two felonies related to an FBI investigation into his role in receiving illegal campaign donations from a casino.
Lilly resumes political contributions to Republicans who voted against certifying election
The pharmaceutical giant has quietly returned to making political contributions to 14 Republican lawmakers who voted against certifying the 2020 election results, according to a report issued Monday by watchdog group Accountable.US.Read More
Lilly suspends contributions to 4 Indiana Congress members over certification votes
Several other Indiana companies also say they are suspending contributions to all candidates or are taking a close look at the matter.Read More
IBJ Podcast: Breaking down the 5th District, governor’s race and impact of early voting
Podcast host Mason King talks with IBJ politics reporter Lindsey Erdody and Andy Downs, director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Purdue University-Fort Wayne, about how the races are shaping up.Read More
Feds say local gaming company conspired with GOP strategist to make illegal contributions
A Republican strategist who pleaded guilty to conspiracy Thursday said in court that at least eight people were used as conduits for illegal corporate donations from an Indianapolis gaming company to former Indiana Sen. Brent Waltz when he ran for U.S. Congress in 2016.Read More
The Indiana Gaming Commission has more than 10 people under investigation for possible financial misconduct that would violate state casino laws or regulations, said Sara Gonso Tait, the commission’s executive director.
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett has so far spent $4.6 million on his re-election campaign, about $4 million more than his opponent, Republican state Sen. Jim Merritt.
Spectacle Entertainment CEO and Chairman Rod Ratcliff flew Gov. Eric Holcomb and his wife to two Republican Governors Association meetings in 2018—one in July in Aspen, Colorado and one in November in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Buttigieg still faces questions about his experience and whether his appeal extends beyond wealthier donors and white voters.
Incumbent Indy Mayor Joe Hogsett and GOP challenger Jim Merritt are expected to win their parties’ nominations easily. Meanwhile in Fishers and Carmel, incumbents are fending off primary challenges.
State Sen. Jim Merritt will be able to campaign for mayor full time after the legislative session ends this month, representatives say. In the meantime, Merritt is “very pleased” with his fundraising.
Mayor Hogsett and Council President Vop Osili have decided to pool resources and launch what Democrats say is the first true citywide coordinated campaign in Marion County to re-elect the mayor and expand the party’s majority on the 25-member council.
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett has a huge fundraising advantage over his Republican challengers, who are starting their campaigns with bank accounts in the four-figure range.
From Indiana’s intense U.S. Senate race to the surge in female candidates to school referendums, the state has been propelled by major political currents this election season.
It’s a big jump from the end of August, when only 13 outside super PACs had spent money in Indiana to try to influence the nationally watched race.
The Indiana candidates are not alone: Republican incumbents in 92 U.S. House districts raised less than their Democratic challengers from July 1-Sept. 30, according to an analysis from Politico. That’s compared to only five Democratic House incumbents being out-raised.
The money flowing into a competitive U.S. Senate race can weave an intricate web of sources.
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike Braun continues to pump his own money into his campaign, and appears to be engaging in the controversial but legal practice of using donations for retiring debt from his primary race to boost his general election campaign.
Political strategists say it’s not surprising: The candidates and outside groups could spend more than $100 million on the Senate race, which makes self-funding extremely difficult.
But political experts say a Trump-centered strategy might not be the best move now that Mike Braun has won the GOP primary race and will face Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly in the fall election.