Mourdock outraises Donnelly but Democrat likely has more cash

2012-07-10T10:00:00Z Mourdock outraises Donnelly but Democrat likely has more cashBy Dan Carden, (317) 637-9078

INDIANAPOLIS | Republican U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock will report outraising Democrat Joe Donnelly by $700,000 in the second quarter, though neither candidate is saying how much money he has in the bank.

Campaign finance reports for the April 1-June 30 period are due to federal election officials Sunday. The Times has learned Mourdock will report raising $1.6 million compared to $900,000 for Donnelly.

Despite winning the quarter, Mourdock is likely to have less cash on hand than Donnelly because Mourdock spent heavily ahead of the May 8 Republican primary where he defeated U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar. Donnelly was unopposed for the Democratic nomination.

Donnelly also had $801,099 in the bank going into the second quarter while Mourdock had only $255,193 along with $301,011 in debt.

Indiana Democratic Chairman Dan Parker said Monday the party is planning "My Way or the Highway" ads to highlight Mourdock's unsuccessful 2009 lawsuit against the federal government that would have shut down Chrysler, costing thousands of Hoosier jobs. Chrysler sales were up 20 percent last month compared to June 2011.

"Joe Donnelly was on the side of a good deal for Indiana that's allowed Indiana companies to grow; Richard Mourdock is all about politics," Parker said. "It would have sent Indiana into a depression if he got his way."

Mourdock spokesman Chris Conner said the state treasurer was protecting teacher and police pensions with his Chrysler lawsuit. He said Parker is bringing it up again to distract voters from hearing about Donnelly's support for Obamacare.

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