9th Congressional Race Drawing Big Dollars

SOUTHERN INDIANA — Ninth Congressional District Democratic challengers Liz Watson and Dan Canon out-raised incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Trey Hollingsworth in the third quarter of 2017, the first leg of their campaigns.

The two join four other Democrats who hope to defeat Hollingsworth in the mid-term election cycle next year.

Canon, a New Albany attorney, came out on top, earning $210,110 — $201,210 of which came from individuals. In a news release, Canon stated the median donation was $27.

Canon began soliciting pledges from supporters in May, when he said he would only charge if he decided to run (he announced his candidacy July 1).

Watson, a Bloomington attorney, closely followed, raising $200,229. About 75 percent of her donations came from individuals, with $44,500 coming from political action committees. Watson filed for candidacy July 24.

Though both out-earned Hollingsworth in the third quarter, the Congressman has the most cash-on-hand of all candidates, with $249,429. He raised $127,400 in the third quarter — $32,250 from individuals and $95,150 from PACs.

Canon ends with $129,486 and Watson with $169,050.74.

Hollingsworth also spent more than any other candidate in the third quarter with $134,543. The largest expenditure was for multiple debt repayments totaling $70,000 to Jamestown Associates, a media company specializing in Republican campaigns. The company produced many of President Trump's campaign ads, as well as those of Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin and Hollingsworth's 2016 campaign.

The Congressman has also spent more than $34,000 this quarter toward Washington, D.C., fundraising firm Gula Graham.

Hollingsworth hasn't yet announced his intention to run for re-election. Ballotpedia reports the district as safe for the Republican Party. The Jeffersonville resident and Congressional freshman spent more than $3 million of his own money on his campaign last year, according to opensecrets.org.

Canon spent the second-highest amount this quarter at $80,624. The largest chunk, $24,830, went to wages of campaign staffers. He also spent more than $2,100 on Twitter advertisements and more than $2,800 on Facebook ads.

Other Democratic hopefuls in the 9th Congressional District include Bedford orthodontist Tod Curtis, who raised $54,630 in the third quarter, including a $20,000 loan from himself; and Indiana University instructor Tom Pappas, who reported just $335 this quarter, but has $5,828 cash on hand.

Democrats Jason Leineweber, a Charlestown financial lender, and Bloomington trucking company owner/operator Robert Chatlos did not submit quarterly reports. Candidates must submit financial reports once they raise or spend $5,000.

No Republicans have filed as candidates for the 9th Congressional District.

BY THE NUMBERS
RAISED THIS QUARTER / SPENT THIS QUARTER / CASH ON HAND

• Trey Hollingsworth (R)
RAISED THIS QUARTER — $127,400
SPENT THIS QUARTER — $134,542.55
CASH ON HAND — $249,428.61

• Dan Canon (D)
RAISED THIS QUARTER — $210,109.22
SPENT THIS QUARTER — $80,623.65
CASH ON HAND — $129,485.57

• Liz Watson (D)
RAISED THIS QUATER— $200,229
SPENT THIS QUARTER — $31,179
CASH ON HAND — $169,050.74

• Tod Curtis (D)
RAISED THIS QUARTER— $54,630
SPENT THIS QUARTER — $49,125.25
CASH ON HAND — $5,504.75

• Tom Pappas (D)
RAISED THIS QUARTER — $335
SPENT THIS QUARTER — $0
CASH ON HAND — $5,828.20
*Democratic candidates Robert Chatlos and Jason Leineweber didn't submit third quarterly reports.