Indiana Secretary of State raises $497,226 this election cycle

According to the most recent campaign finance reports filed with the Indiana Secretary of State’s office, Indiana Secretary of State Holli Sullivan has raised $497,226 and spent $210,517 between Jan. 1, 2021 and Apr. 8, 2022. Sullivan is currently ranked sixth in state-level donations in the 2022 election cycle.

Sullivan is a member of the Republican Party and assumed office in 2021. In Indiana, the secretary of state is an elected position, but Sullivan was appointed to the office when her predecessor left before the end of the term. Duties vary by state but are generally administrative in nature and may include recordkeeping, certification of state documents, and serving as chief election official. Sullivan is running for reelection in 2022.

Sullivan’s reported campaign finance activity, by quarter (2017-2022)

Source: Transparency USA

Contributions to Sullivan

Of the $497,226 already reported in the 2022 election cycle, 19.61 percent came from the top 10 donors.

Top Donors to Sullivan (1/1/2021 – 4/8/2022)

RankTotal AmountDonor NameDonor Type
1.$10,000.00Ambassador Enterprises LLCENTITY
2.$10,000.00Amy E TownsendINDIVIDUAL
3.$10,000.00Elaine E Kops BedelINDIVIDUAL
4.$10,000.00Eric HolcombENTITY
5.$10,000.00Evansville Endoscopy Surgery Center LLCENTITY
6.$10,000.00Gary TownsendINDIVIDUAL
7.$10,000.00Keith Byers LLCENTITY
8.$10,000.00Phillip ChambersINDIVIDUAL
9.$10,000.00Richard RohrmanINDIVIDUAL
10.$7,500.00Charlotte and Forrest D LucasINDIVIDUAL

Expenditures by Sullivan

On the expenditures side, Sullivan reported $210,517, with 85.34 percent of all spending going to the 10 payees topping this list. 

Top Expenditures by Sullivan (1/1/2021 – 4/8/2022)

RankTotal AmountPayee NamePayee Type
1.$56,397.84Daniels Spaulding Consulting LLCENTITY
2.$40,189.47Whitney PetersonENTITY
3.$38,486.22Hathaway Strategies LLCENTITY
4.$15,613.28Three Point Advisors LLCENTITY
5.$9,902.19Indiana Republican State Committee, IncENTITY
6.$4,658.38Bh Creative LLCENTITY
7.$4,612.40Anedot IncENTITY
8.$3,776.56French Lick Resort and CasinoENTITY
9.$3,500.00Jordan CaldwellENTITY

How donations to Sullivan compare to the same office in other states

Contributions vary widely among officeholders in the same role. A number of factors, including whether the position is appointed or elected, can influence donor activity. Here is how Sullivan compares to the 10 other state and commonwealth secretaries with campaign finance data available from Transparency USA in 2022:

Across the U.S., 27 secretaries of state are members of the Republican Party and 20 are members of the Democratic Party. Voters elect the secretary of state in 35 states, while they are appointed by either the governor or state legislature in the other 12. Alaska, Hawaii, and Utah do not have secretaries of state. In 2022, 27 states are holding elections for the position.

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active Indiana PACs submitted to the Indiana Secretary of State. Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data following major reporting deadlines. State or federal law may require filers to submit additional reports.

Report NameReport Due Date
2022 Jan Semiannual1/19/2022
2022 Statewide Quarterly/Semiannual7/15/2022
2022 Pre-Election10/17/2022
2022 Statewide Quarterly11/1/2022
2022 Annual Report1/18/2023

This article is a joint publication from Ballotpedia and Transparency USA, who are working together to provide campaign finance information for state-level elections. Learn more about our work here.