U.S. Rep. Todd Young, R-Bloomington, is preparing to enter the U.S. Senate race later this month. (HPI Photo by Brian A. Howey)
Monday, July 06, 2015 1:40 PM
By BRIAN A. HOWEY
INDIANAPOLIS - Just days
before he makes a presumptive Republican U.S. Senate bid official, U.S.
Rep. Todd Young scorched the fundraising circuit, preparing to post
$1,024,908 for the second quarter.
Entering the quarter with $1.1
million cash on hand, Young will likely start his Senate campaign with
close to $2 million cash on hand. For historical perspective, Young’s
dialing for dollars acumen rates with two other prodigious Hoosier U.S.
Senate fundraisers, Republican Sen. Dick Lugar and Democrat Sen. Evan
Bayh. In other off-year cycles, Lugar ranked second with $973,853 in the
2011 April quarterly and fourth with $911,584 in the 2011 July
quarterly. Bayh posted $946,298 in the 2003 July quarterly, and $863,704
in the 2003 April quarterly.
Given the Senate race speculation,
it's worth noting that for Senate races in Indiana, the most a
non-incumbent reported raising in an off-year quarter was Joe Donnelly,
who raised just $453,122 on his 2011 July Quarterly report. Donnelly
represented the 2nd CD at the time, but won the U.S. Senate race in
2012, defeating Republican Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock in a U.S.
Senate race that drew a combined $50 million between the two nominees,
Lugar who lost to Mourdock in the primary, and more than $30 million
from super PACs.