March 29, 2011 19 Comments
There was an article yesterday in Politco where U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock talked about his campaign finances and the upcoming finance reports. Mourdock says he has raised about $125,000 so far. Senator Lugar had over $2.4 million in the bank in the last report.
Mourdock also said, “People who annually give to the state party $50,000 a year have called me to say, ‘I want to help you, I want to be on your finance committee.’ And these are people who wrote Sen. Lugar a check as recently as January.” We are interested to see who and you can bet we will be watching for the finance reports to come out to figure it out.
The bigger question for us right now is if Richard Mourdock is permitted to fundraise. Many of you probably recall that there was a law passed through the General Assembly last year prohibiting state officers and those candidates for state office to fundraise during the long session i.e. a budget session. This is a budget session and Richard Mourdock is the State Treasurer.
To be clear, Richard Mourdock is a stand-up guy and we would assume that there is either an explanation or he was not aware of the rule. But we are asking the question. Is there some loophole we haven’t read in the Indiana Code that allows Mourdock to be raising money during the budget session? Lawyers, let us know what you think.