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Big names in corporate America backed incumbent Democrat Joe Donnelly in November’s Senate contest in Indiana. But Donnelly lost to Sen. Mike Braun, and now the same corporations are lining up to do penance in the form of post-election contributions to the winner.
Braun’s campaign filed its year-end report with the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday, and disclosed $130,000 in contributions from 41 trade associations and corporate political action committees. Most of the money was earmarked to retire the sizable debts that Braun racked up during the 2018 cycle.