In the Indiana governor's race, Republican Congressman Mike Pence is ahead of Democrat John Gregg in fundraising totals by $2.5 million.
Pence reported raising $3 million in the second quarter, which gives the GOP contender over $5.5 million in cash on hand. Gregg, a former Indiana House speaker, garnered around $1.8 million and has $3 million in his campaign coffers.
The Pence campaign has been running television ads since May and it highlighted the number of Indiana contributors .
“Mike Pence will continue to take his vision for making Indiana the state that works to Hoosiers through grassroots meetings, policy announcements and television,” campaign manager Kyle Robertson said in a news release.
The Gregg campaign, however, called many of the congressman's donors “extreme and out-of-touch” such as the Koch brothers, who gave Pence a hefty $120,000 in contributions.
“Congressman Pence is once again showing his true colors as a Washington-insider who is out-of-touch and out-of-state, just like his donors. Anyone who has looked at Pence's record should not be surprised by this list,” says Gregg campaign spokesman Daniel Altman. “Mike Pence has a record of voting against women's health care, so it's only natural that Foster Freiss would be a contributor. He has a record of putting his extreme Tea Party agenda over the interests of ordinary Hoosiers, so it is no surprise to see Tea Party founders, the Koch brothers, as major Pence donors.”
A review of campaign finance records also shows that Gregg tripled his second quarter fundraising totals compared to the first quarter.
UPDATE: In a telephone interview, a Pence campaign spokeswoman told WFPL that the controversial Freiss, who quipped that women used “Bayer aspirin for contraceptives” back in his day, has not contributed to their campaign.
A review of Pence's second quarter report does not show Friess, a wealthy investor, donating to the gubernatorial race. The Gregg campaign confirms they were attacking Pence for taking funds from Freiss during his congressional bid.