Friday, June 08, 2007

Schellinger Bankrolled By The Wealthy

Democratic gubernatorial candidate James Schellinger and Mayor Bart Peterson (D) have one thing in common already. They receive most of their campaign contributions from just a handful of wealthy persons. According to reports filed by Schellinger's campaign with the Indiana Election Division, he has already raised well over $200,000 from just a few sources.

Ironically, his biggest contribution comes from the UAW Victory Fund, which has already given $50,000 to Schellinger's campaign. He doesn't exactly strike me as being a working man's candidate, but I suppose the labor unions think anyone with a "D" behind their name is better than Gov. Daniels.

George Buskirk, Michael Gouloff and Brian Sullivan have all kicked in $25,000 a piece to Schellinger's campaign. He picked up $15,000 a piece from Daniel Moriarity and Mary Langdon. Alan Tucker, John Rigsbee, Richard Pfleger, Ralph Wagle and Ibrahim Swidan each gave Schellinger $10,000. L'Acquis Consulting Enterprises gave him $10,000. And he received an in-kind contribution of more than $15,000 from Trident Air.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Didn't the Governor just take 15 large from Randy Tobias?

Karen said...

Is it really news that wealthy people are making contributions to political candidates?

Anonymous said...

I wonder what Mr. Schelliger's positions are on GLBT issues. Anyone have a clue?

Anonymous said...

I'll wait with baited breath to see your reports on where Mitch's contributions came from...

Shocking, they ALSO come from rich people!!!!!!!!! Wait until you get a full report before you give such a misleading headline.

Wilson46201 said...

Folk that have spoken to Schellinger about LGBT issues do not feel he is hostile to us. Position papers are being developed. Unlike the Mini-Guv, he isn't likely to do fundraising for anti-gay organizations!

As for the UAW endorsing the Democratic candidate: in his very first day in office, Your Man Mitch decertified every state employees union (including the UAW) -- he's obviously hardly a friend of the working person!

Anonymous said...

I have spoken directly to the candidate about GLBT issues, civil rights and similar issues.

He was fuzzy about GLBT, except to say his firm had a long-standing anti-discrimination polciy which he endorsed.

However, he was adamant about this: SJR7 appalled him.

Make of that what you will.

Anonymous said...

Just out of curiosity, what is Trident Air?

Advance Indiana said...

Trident Air may be providing flight services to his campaign, but I'm just guessing because of the name.

Anonymous said...

"As for the UAW endorsing the Democratic candidate: in his very first day in office, Your Man Mitch decertified every state employees union (including the UAW) -- he's obviously hardly a friend of the working person!"

That union is/was worthless. After getting slapped by Mitch, they had every chance to show how strong they were on the IU campuses. Guess what, they are just put in place to raise money for Dems and look good that a government entity allows their employees to belong to a union. From what I hear, this union is fine with "No strike" agreements. If you can't strike and force their hand, what good is the union? They have had years to do something, but they have done nothing.

Wilson46201 said...

"No-strike" agreements are mandated by state law -- it's not an option for public employee unions. No such public employee union whatsoever has the legal right to strike.

Anonymous said...

""No-strike" agreements are mandated by state law -- it's not an option for public employee unions. No such public employee union whatsoever has the legal right to strike."

Which means the union is worthless.

GaryJ said...

Some "No Strike" clauses are in the best interest of national security.
I've been without a contract for 2 years and still can't strike.
No relief in sight for a contract either.
I thank Reagan for that one!

Anonymous said...

Some "No Strike" clauses are in the best interest of national security.
I've been without a contract for 2 years and still can't strike.
No relief in sight for a contract either.
I thank Reagan for that one!


I know why they have them. I think it is one thing to have folks like cops and firefighters making $52K/year (a good, livable wage. If your frugal enough, you could almost be considered rich if you save) and not allow them to strike vs. a university full of broom pushers making maybe $8/hr. Not only that, but some practices by all layers of government were such that they hired "part-time" folks and worked them just enough hours under a full 40 to keep them from being full-time and getting insurance. People in my position don't need to strike. We don't have it that bad, plus many of us have the skills to up and leave. It is those folks under me getting screwed over with the "part-time working 40 hours with no benefits" that need the power.