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Big spending in Prosecutor's race

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Charles Hear
Lee Reberger
As the 2010 General Election nears, candidates are spending funds to bolster their campaigns.

The pre-campaign finance reporting period ended Oct. 8, and candidates had until noon, Oct. 15 to file the information with the election office.

While there are a few contested races in Clay County, the big money is being spent by the candidates for Clay County Prosecutor -- Republican incumbent Lee Reberger and Democrat Charles Hear.

From April 10 (which was the beginning of the latest reporting period) through Oct. 8, Reberger garnered an additional $3,693 in campaign contributions, which were added to the $1,683.43 he carried over from the end of the Primary Election reporting period. For the year, Reberger had a total of $8,988.76 in total contributions.

Overall, Reberger contributed the most toward his own campaign with $4,077.76 ($755 of which came since April 10. Other major contributors ($500 or more) during the current reporting period included Nancy Reberger, Brazil ($500), Wagner, Crawford and Gambill, Terre Haute ($500), Kim Jackson, Cory ($500), and Jacob Jackson, Quantico, Va. ($500). Reberger also received in-kind contributions totaling $290 from the Committee to Re-elect Mike Heaton for advertising in The Brazil Times and Clay City News.

When it came to expenditures, Reberger only had two locations in which he spent more than $500 in the current period. Those places were The Brazil Times ($755) and Premium Graphicx Signs, Houston, Texas ($1,169). Reberger also had expenditures of $396 at the Brazil Post Office, $250 with the Brazil Rotary Club and $10 for an entry in Hear's charity fundraiser chili cook-off during the Clay County Popcorn Festival.

As of Oct. 8, Reberger still had $2,104.77 remaining in campaign funding.

His competition, however, garnered a larger amount of contributions and expenditures.

Hear came into the current reporting period with $783.46 in available funds, but was able to raise $21,785.80 in additional contributions since April 10. For the entire year, Hear had $23,985 in campaign contributions.

The biggest chunk of the contributions came from his own pocket as Hear provided $14,968.31, while four others contributed at least $500. Those contributors were Andrew Hear, Westchester, Ohio ($2,000), Moore Funeral Home ($1,000), Norman E. Borders, Jasonville ($500), and Joshua Enos, Brazil ($600).

Hear tallied $23,919.40 in total expenditures for the year, $21,871.93 of which came since April 10.

The expenditures were more widespread as well as Hear spent more than $500 at 12 different locations. These include A+ Printing ($3,346.84), Damn Neighbors Band ($600), Greencastle BannerGraphic ($500), Bowling Promotions, Wabash, Ind. ($500), The Brazil Times ($3,249.75), Clay City News ($858), Clover Signs ($7,549.95), Crossroads Communications, Terre Haute ($693), Gordon Food Service, Terre Haute ($636.48), Staunton Post Office ($829.97), Sam's Club, Terre Haute ($1,067.80), and Jack's Fine Foods, Brazil ($540).

At the end of the current reporting period, Hear had $66.40 remaining in his campaign fund.

In two other races -- Brazil Township Trustee and District 3 County Council -- contributions and expenditures were much more restrained.

Republican Brazil Township Trustee candidate Thomas J. (T.J.) Sneddon contributed the entirety of his $685.80 himself, spending it all across three vendors -- Danwal, Inc., Tyler, Texas, A+ Printing, Brazil, and Staples, Terre Haute.

Sneddon's Democratic opponent, Vickie Lawhorn contributed $551.27 to her own campaign this reporting period, raising a total of $889.52 for the year as a whole. Her recent contributions were completely spent between A+ Printing, Office Depot and Clover Signs.

Linda Tozer-Smiley, the Independent candidate in this race, had $260 in unitemized contributions, spending $131.25 (also unitemized), which left $128.75 in her campaign fund.

In the District 3 County Council race, Democratic incumbent Dolores Johnson spent all of her $435.40 in self-contributed funds between A+ Printing and Clover Signs.

Toni Carter, the Republican candidate for the council position has raised $574.37 for the year, $74.37 of which was an unitemized addition since April 10. Carter also had $27.47 coming into the current period. Out of the $101.84 she had available, Carter had $69.37 in unitemized expenses, leaving her with $32.47 as of Oct. 8.

The 2010 General Election takes place Tuesday, Nov. 2.