Souder owns big cash leadNational political committees buy ads for both candidates

Montagano reported $3,149 in the bank and has raised $69,150 in last-minute contributions from donors who gave at least $1,000 each.

National political party committees are trying to assist each candidate, with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spending $369,000 for TV ads and mailings to help Montagano.

The National Republican Campaign Committee bought $118,000 worth of ads for Souder.

Souder donors

Through mid-October, Souder received $5,000 each from a PAC operated by Rep. Mike Pence, R-6th, (for a total of $7,500), and WellPoint Inc. ($9,000).

He received $2,500 each from a PAC operated by Rep. Buck McKeon, R-Calif. ($10,000); International Association of Fire Fighters ($6,000); National Beer Wholesalers Association ($5,000); and a PAC operated by Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas.

Souder received $1,000 each from AK Steel Corp.; Altria Group; the American Medical Association; Indiana Chamber of Commerce; Congressional Action Committee; Parsons Corp.; Physical Therapy Association ($6,000); Precision Machined Products Association; and a PAC operated by Rep. Steve Buyer, R-4th.

He received $500 each from Conservative Victory Fund ($4,060); $2,000 from Indiana Acre; International Council of Shopping Centers ($5,000); and Marriott International.

He received $2,300 each from homemaker Cynthia Deister (for a total of $4,300); and $1,000 each from Wilbur Bontrager of Middlebury, CEO of JAYCO Inc.; attorney Cassidy C. Fritz of Elkhart ($2,000); Clayton Heil of Falls Church, Va., consultant with Ice Miller Strategies; Thomas Irmscher, contractor with Irmscher Construction ($1,600); Alice Martin of Elkhart, executive at NIBCO; Ziad Ojakli of Falls Church, Va., group vice president of Ford Motor Co. ($2,000); H. Douglas Schrock of Syracuse, president of Smoker Craft Inc.; attorney Robert Schuckit of Carmel ($1,500); Sheree Sharp of Anderson, employer information not listed; Mark Souder of Auburn, entrepreneur (not the candidate); Lindsey Stults of Bristol, executive with Odessey Group; homemaker Mary Jo Troxel of Bluffton ($2,000); and attorney Graham Young Hill of Arlington, Va.

Souder received $750 from Jean Parrish, owner of Parrish Leasing; and $500 each from homemaker Sarah Chocola of Bristol; Dan Churchward, president of Kodak Enterprises Inc.; retiree Robert J. Deputy of Elkhart ($2,000); Brian Emerick of Columbia City, president of Micropulse Inc. ($1,800).

Elise Finley Pickering of Alexandria, Va., lobbyist; Lynne Himelstein of Indianapolis, employer information not listed ($1,000); Robert Honegger of Ossian, veterinarian ($1,000); William J. Hunt of Goshen, employer information not listed ($1,000); Michael Kubacki of Syracuse, president of Lake City Bank ($1,000); Yvonne Lindborg of LaPorte, secretary at Kingsbury Elevator ($1,500); Steven Malm of Granger, sales manager at NIBCO Inc.; Robert Moore Sr. of Elkhart, engineer; Thomas Pletcher of Bristol, owner of Pletcher Farms Inc. ($699).

Douglas Rose of Indianapolis, president of Irwin R. Rose & Co. Inc. ($4,450); retiree Marlene Sackett ($675); Loraine Simpson of Elkhart, owner of AMS of Indiana Inc.; Brenda Wieland of Grabill, of Transformations by Wieland ($860); retiree Leamon Williams; Gerald Wilson of Granger, employer information not listed; and Christopher Wynne of Granger, employer information not listed;

In addition to the $87,084 he raised during the first two weeks of October, Souder reported he collected $72,150 in last-minute donations. In the two weeks before an election, candidates must report donations of $1,000 or more within 48 hours of receiving them.

Among Souder’s big-dollar last-minute givers are: $5,000 from Honeywell International; $2,000 from the Society of the Plastics Industry;

And $1,000 each from Kraft Foods Philip Morris Co.; the Manufactured Housing Institute; and Johnson & Johnson.

Also $2,300 from Dr. John Crawford; $2,000 from retiree Russell Quilhot of Roanoke; and $1,000 each from retiree Howard Chapman and County Councilwoman Paula Hughes.

During the first two weeks of October, Souder spent $241,571 on radio and TV ads.

Montagano donors

During that period, Montagano received $5,000 each from the Machinists Union ($6,000) and a PAC operated by Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill; $3,500 from the American Association for Justice ($6,000); $3,000 from a PAC operated by former Rep. Carrie Meek, D-Fla.; $2,500 from the Indiana Democratic Congressional Victory Fund ($7,500).

He received $2,000 each from Hoyer for Congress, a PAC operated by Rep. Carolyn Kirkpatrick, D-Mich.; and a PAC operated by Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich.

He received $1,500 from the American Federation of Government Employees ($2,500) and $1,000 apiece from Florida Delivers; a PAC operated by Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, and a PAC operated by Rep. Jan Schakowski, D-Ill.

In the first two weeks of October, Montagano received $2,300 from retiree John Gilmore of San Francisco; and $1,000 each from Dr. Praveen Kollipara ($2,300); Rep. John W. Olver, D-Mass; Michael Ottenweller, president of Ottenweller Co.; Jeffrey H Smulyan of Indianapolis, chairman of Emmis Communications; and $750 from Dan Zweig, financial adviser with Wachovia Securities ($2,500).

He received $500 each from Dr. Farrukk M. Adhami ($1,500); attorney Larry Barnard; David H. Brenner of Wakarusa, marketing for Marathon Ventures ($3,000);

Joy A Brenner of Wakarusa, employer information not listed; Bruce D. Carter of Elkhart, president of Bruce Carter & Associates ($1,350); Dr. Vijay K. Chilakamarri; attorney Gregory F. Hahn of Indianapolis ($1,000); attorney Cornelius B. Hayes ($2,000); attorney Leonard J. Helfrich ($2,400); Jim Holland of South Bend, president of Holland Insurance Group;

James R. Holloway, software developer for International Truck and Engine; Dr. Swapna Joseph; homemaker Jerri Klose of Elkhart ($2,750);

Indianapolis attorney Irwin B. Levin ($1,000); Dr. Sreenivasa Nattam; Dr. David L. Pollifrone; Santosh Reddy, Realtor;

Dr. Subhash Reddy ($1,500); attorney Joseph W. Shull of New Haven; Pete Sorg, owner of Park Plastics.

In addition to the $60,366 he raised during the first two weeks of October, Montagano collected $69,150 in last-minute donations since then. Among the donations are $7,000 from a PAC operated by or campaign fund of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

Also $5,000 each from the New Democrat Coalition and a PAC operated by Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y.; $4,000 each from the National Education Association and the United Transportation Union; and $2,500 each from the Service Employees International Union and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

Also $2,000 each from the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and PACs operated by or campaign funds of Reps. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., Jim Oberstar, D-Minn., Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill.; Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, and Mike Michaud, D-Maine. He received $1,150 from Wayne Klink, of Ashley, owner of Klink Trucking.

Also $1,000 each from International Brotherhood of Boilermakers; Our Congress; the Amalgamated Transit Union, Americans Needing Solar and Wind Energy, Treasury Employees Union and PACs or campaign accounts operated by Reps. Bart Stupak, D-Mich.; Bruce Braley, D-Iowa; Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla.; Allen Boyd, D-Fla., Heath Shuler, D-N.C.; Charles Gonzalez, D-Texas, Lincoln Davis, D-Tenn.; Bart Peterson, D-Minn.; Rep. Andre Carson, D-7th; and Charlie Melancon, D-La.

During the first two weeks of the month, Montagano reported the bulk of his expenses – $71,367 – were for advertising.

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