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The Indiana Secretary of State’s Office has posted the final round of financial disclosures for candidates running in next week’s election. But as candidates look to see what various warchests hold, some information is still incomplete.
Until a couple days ago, State Representative Matt Ubelhor’s page showed he had not spent a dime on his re-election bid.
“It was far more than interesting – certainly it looked totally off-kilter.”
Ubelhor says the nearly $100,000 the Secretary of State’s site showed in his account should have appeared on the other side of the ledger – as money he’s spent on yard signs, media spots and other campaign expenses.
He says he had to file an amendment to his final financial statement, in part because his new campaign finance manager did not know some of the procedures the state requires for disclosing donations and expenditures.
“I don’t know that it’s anybody’s fault. I sure wouldn’t blame the election division nor anyone that’s out there trying to get that done because it is somewhat confusing.”
What’s more, Ubelhor’s opponent, Jeff Sparks, says he was not watching the site to learn what his opponent had banked, because he knew he’d be outspent.
“We didn’t care what he spent,” Sparks says. “We worked from our side. We weren’t going to match it, so it really didn’t matter to us.”
And, as Sparks predicted, the incumbent Republican has outraised him by a factor of more than five-to-one.