Meet Daryle L. Doden of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Last year, Doden spent $87,172.50 on newspaper ads in support of Richard Mourdock, a Republican candidate for Senate who lost to Rep. Joe Donnelly in the Hoosier State. Individuals are permitted to conduct unlimited independent expenditures, on the understanding that the money used to finance them belongs to the individual.
But when the FEC asked about the source of the funding, Doden told the agency to pound sand, using the same language that non-profit organizations employ when they do IEs: that no money was given for the express purpose of conducting IEs for or against a specific candidate. From Doden’s response:
11 CFR 109.10(e)(1)(vi) requires that independent expenditure reports identify each person who made a contribution in excess of $200 to the person filing such report, which contribution was made for the purpose of furthering the reported independent expenditure. I did not solicit or receive any contributions that were required to be reported under this regulation.
What this suggest is that someone, likely Doden, spent money on the newspaper ads supporting Mourdock, but that the money wasn’t intended for a specific race. So an Indiana resident likely spent his own money on an Indiana Senate candidate (and no other races) but did not “raise” any money specifically for that purpose.