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February 9, 2016

Indiana: Senate Race Sees $3.5M in Outside Spending

The majority of outside groups spending money in Indiana's Senate race are boosting state Treasurer Richard Mourdock. (Shira Toeplitz/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Outside groups have made almost $3.5 million in independent expenditures so far in the competitive Indiana GOP Senate primary, according to online data from the Federal Election Commission.

The bulk of the spending, about $2.3 million so far, has been by groups supporting state Treasurer Richard Mourdock’s effort to defeat six-term Sen. Dick Lugar. For example, in the past 24 hours, the Club for Growth put down a $421,000 media buy blasting the Senator.

But it’s still not more money than Lugar’s campaign has spent so far. His most recent fundraising report showed his campaign had spent $5.4 million through April 18. Meanwhile, Mourdock’s campaign will report spending just more than $2 million through the same date, according to his spokesman.

Roll Call calculated the breakdown of all the outside spending in the race:

In Lugar’s corner:

  • American Action Network spent $645,000, mostly on a television media buy.
  • Hoosiers for Economic Growth and Jobs, a super PAC, dropped $215,000 in television media buys.
  • Indiana Values Super PAC put $137,000 into the race, also for media and January polling from Public Opinion Strategies.
  • YG Network spent $105,000 for mailers on Lugar’s behalf.

In Mourdock’s corner:

  • The Club for Growth has spent $1.67 million on his behalf, including its largest ad buy yet in the race placed Wednesday — about $421,000 in television time.
  • FreedomWorks spent about $358,00, mostly on travel and campaign gear like signage.
  • The National Rifle Association’s political arm spent $323,00 on advertisements, mail and phone banks.

Majority PAC, a Democratic super PAC, spent $17,500 on online advertisements targeting Lugar. Democrats waded into the primary because they see a better chance of picking up the Senate seat if Mourdock is the GOP nominee.


    If Senate control were not at great risk, the Ds – at least the DC-based ones – might actually intervene ON BEHALF OF the senior R. From the governance perspective, he would be the most valuable member (among he, Mourdock, and Donnelly) to promote progressive, even centrist, legislation, and keep the ultraright forces at bay.

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