Ritz Says She Has Proof Fundraising Report Irregularities Aren't Illegal

Jul 17, 2015

The state superintendent says she didn't solicit any donations for her gubernatorial campaign during the legislative session, despite deposits to that account in the first few months of this year.
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State Superintendent Glenda Ritz says her gubernatorial campaign did not accept any financial contributions during the 2015 session of the Indiana General Assembly. 

Campaign finance laws state that the legislative session constitutes a “blackout” period, during which a candidate is not allowed to solicit donations.

Documents submitted on behalf of Ritz’s campaign showed 28 donations received between January 6 and February 23. The superintendent says this was a clerical error and that her team is working to correct it and submit an amended form.

"The contributions that were given were before the period, but I think what we have here may be a deposit date was given, instead of the actual date of when the checks were actually issued," Ritz says.

The documents show Ritz raised nearly $30,000 – significantly less than her Democratic challenger, John Gregg, as well as the incumbent, Republican Governor Mike Pence.