Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Donnelly Shrinks Fund Gap ; Mourdock Takes in $1.6M

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Donnelly Shrinks Fund Gap ; Mourdock Takes in $1.6M

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INDIANAPOLIS - Republican state Treasurer Richard Mourdock outpaced Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly in fundraising for the U.S. Senate race over the past three months. Fresh off dispatching incumbent Sen. Richard Lugar in the GOP primary, Mourdock raised $1.6 million in the second quarter. Donnelly, meanwhile, raised $900,000.

And, as the campaigns announced their numbers, they also gave clear indications how they intend to spend that money.

On Donnelly's behalf, Indiana Democratic Party Chairman Dan Parker once again blasted Mourdock for his 2009 decision to take a challenge of the Chrysler bankruptcy proceedings to the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of three Indiana pension funds.

Parker was armed with bills that broke down a total of $2.8 million in legal fees the state treasurer's office racked up during that effort, as well as a report that indicated Mourdock's office initially agreed to a deal that got Indiana $1.5 million less through those bankruptcy proceedings than did the one he decided to challenge in court.

"The record proves that Richard Mourdock undertook a political crusade that was a bad deal for Indiana," Parker said. "He was using this as his moment in the sun.... This is what catapulted him to become the tea party darling."

Mourdock's campaign, meanwhile, continued to hound Donnelly for what it sees as his biggest weakness: His vote for President Barack Obama's health care law.

Donnelly touts the law as one containing positive parts but still needing to be revamped. Mourdock's campaign said it wants to know how he's going to vote when House Republican leaders call for the measure's repeal later this week.

"The fact is Joe Donnelly voted for 'Obamacare,' which is a massive tax increase on middle class families and small businesses, which is causing the cost of health care to skyrocket and is killing jobs," said Mourdock spokesman Christopher Conner. …

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