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Terre Haute, Indiana
Terre Haute, Indiana
Todd Nation, candidate for Vigo County Clerk, today criticized his opponent Brad Newman for filing campaign finance reports that violate state campaign finance law.
Newman filed campaign finance reports in both 2019 and 2020 that show lump sum deposits from his annual golf outing, with no information on who donated or how much they donated. Indiana campaign finance law clearly states that every donation to a campaign over $100 must be listed individually, along with who gave the donation, the person’s address and how much they gave.
A copy of the 2020 Indiana Campaign Finance Manual can be found online here. Rules for itemizing contributions begin on page 23:
https://www.in.gov/sos/elections/files/2020 Campaign Finance Manual.FINAL.COVID19.pdf
“The fundamental reason for campaign finance reports is to disclose to the public who is funding campaigns for public office,” said Todd Nation. “Is Brad Newman taking donations from people who have contracts with the Clerk’s Office? Is he requiring his employees to donate to his campaign? The public can’t answer these questions because the only person who knows who gave most of the funds to Brad Newman’s campaign is Brad Newman.”
Newman’s campaign finance reports show that in 2020, Newman raised $12,375 from his golf outing and reported it all as one lump sum donation without any other information on donors.
Newman reports that he has raised $17,055 this year. The $12,375 he raised at the golf outing represents 73% of his total donations. There is no information identifying who they came from.
On his 2019 annual report, Newman did the same thing. His 2019 golf outing raised $10,395. So out of the $15,631 he raised last year, 67% of his listed donations have no information identifying who they came from.
All Vigo County campaign finance reports that have been filed are publicly available online here:
“The obvious question is: doesn’t someone review these campaign finance reports to ensure that politicians aren’t breaking the law?” asked Nation. “The answer in Vigo County is that Brad Newman, as County Clerk, is responsible for reviewing his own reports. If our County Clerk is not following the disclosure rules, how can we expect other candidates to?”
“The County Clerk is the top elections official in each Indiana county. Our Vigo County Clerk’s campaign reports must be held to the same legal and ethical standards as those of all other local elected officials,” Nation said. "If elected Clerk, I will continue to disclose who is funding my campaign, and I will communicate clearly with all local candidates to ensure that they understand the rules we are all supposed to be following when we declare our candidacy for public office."
Vigo County Health Department
Oct. 3 – Oct. 18
Little Caesars, 2520 Wabash Ave (3 Critical, 4 Non-Critical) Expired Certified Food Handler, Observed pizza not marked with time to discard, Observed several gnats in and by 3-bay sink.
Penn Station, 2566 Wabash Ave -(3 Critical, 2 Non-Critical) Chicken salad and salami chub found without date of disposal, Stainless steel sheet pans found dented and found with greasy film and burnt on debris, Ice scoop found dirty and pitted, white storage pans found greasy and dirty, lobby soda nozzles found dirty, Par-fried potatoes not marked with time to discard.
Ave Sayana, 2455 Lafayette Ave-(1 Critical) Found multiple items in walk in cooler, open and not date marked, found ice machine in back room with built up debris.
Pizza City, 992 Walnut St. - (1 Critical, 1 Non-Critical) Found built up debris in ice machine observed built up debris on pan.
Joe Mugg’s Coffee Shop, 3370 S. US. Hwy 41 - (1 Critical) Observed ice machine with built up debris.
McAlister’s Deli, 3830 S. US Hwy 41- (1 Critical) Found multiple items with date mark held past 7 days and not discarded, Observed several items not marked with date of consumption.
Food Mart, 1257 Poplar St.-(2 Non-Critical)
Circle K, 1280 Lafayette Ave-(1 Non-Critical)
Family Dollar #4059, 1400 Poplar St. - (1 Non-Critical)
Establishments with No Violations
Aldi #65, 5501 S US Hwy 41
The Bucket, 2414 Prairieton Rd.
Tokyo Grill, 2950 S 3rd St.
Little Caesars, 2520 Wabash Ave.
Approved to Open
Wings and Things Mobile
Approved to Operate
Rosie Jean’s Sweet Tea and Jesus
Pop’s Kettle Pop
Heavenly Shake Ups
Fat Daddy’s BBQ
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News Writer: Lucy Perry