We Asked, You Answered: Looks Like Mourdock is Good to Raise Money

A few days ago, we asked whether or not State Treasurer Richard Mourdock is permitted to raise funds during the long session of the General Assembly since Indiana Code indicates state officers are not permitted to raise money during the session. 

We also said we know Richard Mourdock to be a stand-up guy and that there was either an explanation or he was unaware of the rule.  As it turns out, there is an explanation.

A helpful reader was able to find an advisory opinion from the FEC on a similar case in Georgia where legislators are not permitted to fundraise during the legislative session.  The opinion indicates the FEC supersedes state law on many issues of federal campaigns including this specific fundraising issue.

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10 Responses to We Asked, You Answered: Looks Like Mourdock is Good to Raise Money

  1. Anonymous says:

    Wouldn’t this be a state office holder ethics issue? Hypothetically, a state office holder could loophole the prohibition on fundraising during the session by opening a federal committee, raising money, and then dropping out of the race and trickling that money to a state race or back to their own state committee. That is the problem.

  2. Anon 5:15,

    I don’t think money from a federal campaign committee can be transferred to a state campaign committee but I could be wrong.

  3. Anon says:

    Doesn’t much matter, Lugar’s gonna stomp him. Sorry.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Federal money can go to a state committee, but it doesn’t really work the other way.

  5. The problem and the reason the law was created is because this is the time when the budget is being written and it is unseemly to collect political contributions when writing the budget. The FEC trumps the state law though so there you have it.

    Frankly, we don’t think the Treasurer has a whole lot to do with the budget writing process anyway since it is really the legislature and the Govenor but we didn’t write the law. If we had then we wouldn’t have made an exception for legislators to raise dollars.

  6. Anonymous says:

    The law is ridiculous. I don’t understand why they passed it in the first place but how cute that legislators exempted themselves from raising money for federal offices.

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  7. John McWohrter says:

    Wow, the Mourdock fundraising “machine” pulled together $125,000 as an opening. Not very impressive. I expected more.

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