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The three hopefuls for the District 48 seat in the Indiana House listen to the moderator at a candidate forum Monday, April 21, 2014, in Elkhart. They are, from left to right, Doug Miller, Jesse Bohannon and Adam Bujalski. (By Tim Vandenack/The Elkhart Truth)

Curt Nisly, Republican challenger for the District 22 seat in the Indiana House. (Photo supplied)

Indiana state representative Rebecca Kubacki, District 22, Friday Mar. 7, 2014. Photographed at the Elkhart Chamber of Commerce Third House meeting. (J. Tyler Klassen / The Elkhart Truth)
Miller leads the way in fundraising in the District 48 Indiana House race, Kubacki leads District 22 funding
Posted on April 26, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.

Editor's note: Since first published, the article has been tweaked to reflect donations candidate Adam Bujalski made to his own campaign.

Doug Miller easily outpaced the two other GOP contenders in fundraising for the District 48 seat in the Indiana House.

In the race for the District 22 spot, incumbent Rep. Rebecca Kubacki outpaced challenger Curt Nisly. Both are Republicans.

Funding totals, at a glance
Through April 11, funds generated by the three District 48 Indiana House hopefuls, all GOPers, totaled:
  • $19,221.23 for Doug Miller
  • $8,208.61 for Jesse Bohannon
  • $4,807 for Adam Bujalski
Funds generated by the District 22 hopefuls totaled:
  • $43,891.61 for Rebecca Kubacki, a Republican.
  • $27,266.72 for Curt Nisly, a Republican
  • $292.04 for David Kolbe, a Democrat

The heated District 22 race, meanwhile, had a larger collective pool of contributions to the hopefuls in the contest — $71,450.37 through April 11. That compares to $32,236.84 to the three hopefuls in the District 48 contest.

The vote tally on Election Day, May 6, will be the true test of support in the varied races. But fundraising, too, offers a glimpse into who has support and where it comes from.

District 48 covers northwestern Elkhart County, including northern Elkhart and Bristol. The three candidates are Miller, Adam Bujalski and Jesse Bohannon, each hoping to replace Indiana Rep. Tim Neese, the incumbent who isn't seeking re-election.

District 22 covers extreme southern Elkhart County, including Nappanee, and the northern half of Kosciusko County, including part of Warsaw.


Fundraising totals: Through April 11, Miller, who runs an Elkhart County home building firm, generated a total of $19,221.23. That includes $11,935.23 in donations between Jan. 1 and April 11, a $4,786 loan he made to his campaign this year and $2,500 he had from late last year, according to finance reports due to the Indiana Election Commission on April 21.

Jesse Bohannon, an instructor at The Crossing Educational Center, generated $8,208.61. That includes $4,559.55 in donations this year, $629.06 from last year and $3,020 in loans this year, $200 he made to his own candidacy and $2,000 from his father Jon Bohannon.

Adam Bujalski, a branch bank manager, generated $4,807 in contributions, all between Jan. 1 and April 11. The total includes $842 out of his own pocket.

Leftover money: As of the end of the period, Miller's paperwork indicated he had spent $15,484.19 on the campaign through April 11, leaving him with $3,737.04, as well as the $4,786 debt.

Bohannon was left with $2,991.87, as well as $3,020 in debt. Bujalski had $1,574.81.

Donor pool: Miller had the broadest pool of identified donors in the Jan. 1 through April 11 period, 41 in all — from 24 individuals, 15 businesses and two political action committees, or PACs. Among the donations of $1,000 or more were $1,000 from Builders Mart of Goshen and $2,000 from the Builders Association of Elkhart County PAC.

Bujalski had funds from 21 identified donors, including 20 individuals or couples and one business. No single donor gave $1,000 or more.

Bohannon had funds from nine identified donors, including $3,820 in loans and donations from his father.


Fundraising totals: Through April 11, Kubacki had generated $43,891.61 in campaign funds, including $11,671.49 the incumbent already had on hand from late 2013 and $32,220.12 in donations between Jan. 1 and April 11.

Nisly generated $27,266.72 in funds, all this year, including $26,352.94 in donations and $913.78 the candidate loaned his campaign.

David Kolbe, a Democrat, generated $292.04.

Leftover money: Kubacki had spent $34,791.85 through April 11, leaving her campaign with $9,099.76.

Nisly had spend $10,539.76, leaving him with $16,726.96, plus the $913.78 in debt.

Donor pool: The largest donations to Kubacki's donations came from PACs — $11,749.83 worth of research alone from the Indiana Business for Responsive Government, or IBRG, an Indiana Chamber of Commerce PAC.

The IBRG gave a $5,000 monetary donation to Kubacki while the Indiana Bank PAC donated $5,000 and the Hoosiers for Economic Growth PAC gave $1,000. The Committee to Re-elect Brian Bosma, the Indiana House speaker, made a $5,000 in-kind contribution, a district survey, while Scott Glaze of Roanoke donated $1,000.

Nisly received $15,000 from Lunch Pail Republicans, a conservative group that opposed Indiana's push in 2012 for right-to-work legislation, which was approved anyway by Republican lawmakers and signed into law. He also received $1,058.93 worth of donations from Pam Galloway, a former state lawmaker from Wisconsin now living in Warsaw who's aiding his campaign, and $1,000 from Susie Schrock of Gladys, Va.

Nisly, incidentally, came under attack in a political mailing by the IBRG, which is endorsing Kubacki, for the donation by the Lunch Pail Republicans. The IBRG sent another mailing denouncing Nisly as a secessionist based on a 2012 tweet, a charge Nisly rejects.

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