Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (above) has endorsed Sen. Dick Lugar and raised $70,000 for the Republican, who faces a tough primary in May.
Popular Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) kicked off a series of fundraising events to help embattled Sen. Dick Lugar (R) last week, according to the Senator’s staff.
Daniels had previously stated his support for Lugar, but last Wednesday he gave the Senator his full-throttled endorsement at an event for fellow Republicans in Carmel, Ind.
The governor brought in $70,000 for Lugar’s campaign in what the Senator’s spokesman, David Willkie, characterized as the first in a series of fundraising events.
Lugar faces a stiff challenge from state Treasurer Richard Mourdock in the May 8 primary.
Local and national conservatives targeted Lugar from the start of the cycle, but Mourdock’s campaign struggled, especially with fundraising.
Lugar raised $750,000 in the final quarter of 2011. A spokesman for Mourdock said he plans to release his quarterly fundraising totals later this week.
Most high-ranking GOP officials in the Hoosier State, including House Members, have stayed on the sidelines for the primary. But Daniels and Lugar have a shared history dating back to the 1970s, when the governor worked on Senator’s first races and served as his top aide on Capitol Hill.
From left, Rep. Christopher H. Smith, R-N.J., David Goldman, the father of a child who was abducted to Brazil by the mother, and Arvind Chawdra, a father whose two children were abducted to India by their mother, attend a news conference in the Rayburn House Office Building on international child abduction.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.