The Marion County GOP is completely supporting the Greg Ballard for Mayor Campaign. MCRCC has donated over $70,000 worth of resources to the Ballard for Mayor Campaign this year. This is significantly more than MCRCC has given to any of our other local candidates and far more than any other donor or supporter has given to the Ballard Campaign. This is in addition to our efforts to elect Republicans in over 70 other races across Marion County.
We at MCRCC know that change in Indianapolis begins with the Mayor’s Office, and electing Greg Ballard is key to lowering taxes, making our neighborhoods safer, and restoring accountability to government. However, for Mayor Ballard to have the support he needs when elected, it will require a Republican Council and other supportive officeholders. MCRCC is working hard to ensure that. Greg absolutely needs more assistance still, and we encourage you to provide it for Greg Ballard by donating or volunteering by visiting http://www.ballardformayor.com/, or calling us at 317-635-8881.
Critics are not likely to be assuaged by Tierney's words of support for Ballard after today's release of the paltry sum raised by Ballard's campaign by this late date. Campaign reports show Peterson raised 30 times as much as Ballard to date according to a Star analysis. Ballard reported only $225,000 in contributions, more than $100,000 of which came in the form of in-kind contributions. Ballard has but a mere $51,000 on hand to make it through election day. Making matters worse is the fact that Ballard's fundraising is less than Fort Wayne mayoral hopeful Matt Kelty's (R), whose campaign virtually imploded after he was criminally charged for campaign finance irregularities earlier this summer. What this all means is there will be no Ballard TV ads, and a radio ad buy, if any, as small, if not smaller than Eric Dickerson (R) made in his valiant effort last year to unseat Rep. Julia Carson (D) with next to no support from the Marion Co. GOP.
What is particularly sickening is the multi-million dollar war chest Gov. Mitch Daniels is sitting on and refusing to lend to support Ballard's campaign. As I've said before folks, Gov. Daniels is working for the re-election of Bart Peterson. I suspect the favor will be returned by the multitude of disenchanted Marion County Republican who feel completely abandoned by Daniels. If he's lucky, he will lose Marion County by only 20,000 votes next year. What goes around comes around.