Former Rep. John Hostettler (R) is running for the Senate much like he ran for the House: heavy on the social-issue conservatism and light — very light — on money.
Hostettler’s campaign raised just $37,000 in the first quarter of 2010, according to a filing in the Senate public records office, and began April with just $9,700. His first-quarter receipts amounted to less than a tenth of what frontrunning Republican Dan Coats raised and one-seventeenth of what presumptive Democratic nominee Brad Ellsworth raised.
Unlike the way he handled his House campaigns, Hostettler is now accepting contributions from political action committees. But he received just a single $1,000 PAC check, from the Team America PAC linked to ex-Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.).
Most of the $27,000 Hostettler’s campaign spent went to pay campaign manager Carl Little or to reimburse Hostettler for travel and other expenses. Hostettler has traditionally relied on volunteers in his campaigns.
Hostettler, Coats and state Sen. Marlin Stutzman are the main contenders in the May 4 Republican primary.