SOUTH BEND - The two Democrats running for Congress in Indiana’s 2nd District have released their latest fundraising numbers for the 2012 race.
Brendan Mullen, a South Bend native, West Point graduate and Iraq War veteran who owns a military consulting firm, reported raising more than $162,500 during the third quarter. He has about $146,000 on hand.
This is Mullen’s first run for elected office. He officially began his campaign in July.
“It is an honor to have the support of so many Hoosier families who believe that we need independent leadership to stand up for what matters: creating jobs and ensuring our country remains the greatest in the world,” he said.
Goshen lawyer Andrew Straw, another Democratic candidate, reported raising about $8,300 during the quarter. He has about $400 on hand.
“As a grass-roots campaign focused on the needs of people rather than powerful D.C. interests, I rely on small donors,” Straw said. “In a truly contested Democratic primary like this one, it is important for the voters to make their voices heard because this campaign needs your help to win this fight.”
Three people - South Bend Dr. Greg Andrews, LaPorte developer Mitch Feikes and former state Rep. Jackie Walorski of Jimtown - are running on the Republican side of the 2nd District race.