Holcomb has vast fundraising lead over Myers, Rainwater
Gov. Eric Holcomb continues to hold a vast fundraising lead over his two opponents in the Nov. 3 election, according to a review of third-quarter campaign finances filed Thursday.
The Republican incumbent reported raising $1.8 million for the quarter. His campaign has raised $10.9 million in total.
He has $6 million left in the bank to spend down the final stretch. Holcomb, who has dominated TV and social media advertising in the race, spent $3.7 million this quarter.
His two opponents have far less flexibility to spend cash in the final weeks of the race.
Democratic candidate Dr. Woody Myers has about $80,000 in the bank.
He raised about $464,000 this quarter, putting him at roughly $1.2 million for the year. He spent about $456,000 during the quarter.
Myers has loaned his own campaign nearly $238,000 this year. Neither Holcomb nor Libertarian Donald Rainwater have loaned their campaigns any money.
Rainwater has a little more than $131,000 left to spend. He has raised more than $187,000 for the quarter. He spent more than $62,000 beefing up his campaign this quarter after receiving an influx of cash from out of state donors.
Inside the donations
Holcomb's largest individual donors were real estate mogul and Pacers owner Herb Simon and California-based hedge fund manager William E. Oberndorf. Each gave $50,000.
Douglas Rose of Irwin & Rose, an apartment complex owner, gave $26,000. Health care executive Stuart Reed gave $25,000. Bruce H. Leetz, who owns a beer distribution company associated with Miller-Coors, gave $20,000.
Holcomb's largest donor by far was the Republican Governors Association Right Direction Political Action Committee. It donated $400,000 for the quarter, adding up to more than $500,000 for the year. Holcomb has been active within the group's leadership.
The Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath law firm gave $50,000.
The Hoosiers for Quality Education PAC, a group founded by Indiana millionaire Fred Klipsch that advocates for charter schools and vouchers, gave $30,000 in two payments.
Holcomb has separate fundraising arms called the Team Holcomb PAC and the Team Holcomb Joint Fundraising Committee. Each has transferred more than $500,000 to his campaign coffers this year, but the reports are not yet available.
For the quarter, Myers' largest contributors include environmental activist Mary Bookwalter at $50,000 and physician Reed Tuckson at $12,000.
Bookwalter has given him more than $100,000 this year and Tuckson $23,000.
Rainwater received $100,000 from William O. Perkins III, a Libertarian donor based in Texas, and $10,000 from Chris Rufer, a Libertarian donor based in California.
The Libertarian Party of Indiana donated $10,000 to his campaign.
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