- April 18, 2022
- Posted by: Bastion team
- Category: World News
Two Republican 9th Congressional District candidates loaned their campaigns at least $100,000 each amid a hotly contested and crowded primary race to fill a vacant seat in southeast Indiana.
The first quarter campaign finance reports due Friday were the first due since Republican Rep. Trey Hollingsworth announced he wasn’t seeking reelection and nine Republican candidates filed to run. The reports offer a glimpse into who can afford to pay for pricey advertising and who the frontrunners could be May 3.
Mike Sodrel, who represented the district between 2005-07, loaned his campaign $425,000 . Stu Barnes-Israel, a first time candidate, loaned his campaign $100,000.
When excluding personal contributions and loans, Sodrel received a little more than $38,000 worth of contributions — less than the amount three other candidates received — but with his sizeable loan and a $4,420 personal contribution, his receipts surpassed those of his opponents. He has just under $58,000 cash on hand.
Barnes-Israel raised roughly $265,000 in addition to his personal loan and a $1,000 personal contribution, and had almost $232,000 cash on hand at the close of the quarter. The loan was unexpected. When asked if he’d be loaning his campaign any money during an April 30 interview with IndyStar a day before the end of the quarter, Barnes-Israel had responded that he was “not a wealthy self-funder.”