Stutzman Files Amended Campaign Report

By Jeff Neumeyer

June 29, 2010 Updated Jun 29, 2010 at 11:37 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, IN (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- Republican Congressional Candidate Marlin Stutzman has filed an amended campaign finance report, detailing contributions to his failed U.S. Senate bid that were not noted on an earlier report.

A local political expert says it doesn’t look like much to stir trouble for Stutzman in his new election campaign.

A republican caucus June 12th ended with Stutzman beating 14 other candidates to win the party's nomination to try and succeed Mark Souder, who resigned after confessing to an extra-marital affair.

A republican source pointed Indiana’s NewsCenter to an amended campaign finance report filed by Stutzman in mid-June from his primary loss to Dan Coats for Senate.

It shows an “in-kind” contribution from Brad Jackson for a plane flight from Columbus, Indiana to Greenfield.

The total listed for that donation was $466.00.

Another contribution from a Brett Schuck is not explained, but Schuck's occupation is noted as a pilot.

The total for that contribution was $1,068.

Souder sent out an email three weeks ago, raising questions about Stutzman not fully reporting flights, hinting that it might cause a “problem” for Stutzman and the party in the November campaign against Democrat Tom Hayhurst.

It’s not known if Souder had another motivation for publicizing the issue.

There’s some speculation he was miffed at Stutzman for blowing the whistle on the affair, something Stutzman has denied doing.

Andy Downs/Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics: " It is very common for people to leak out information that they think might damage your campaign and oftentimes that information that's leaked out ends up being sort of insignificant or sometimes even inaccurate, so it's not surprising that there were people who wanted to make sure that information like this got out before the caucus."

The total value of the contributions comes to $1,534.00.

Another campaign report is due July 15th.

It's not known if Stutzman will list more flights as in-kind contributions on that report.

Calls placed to Marlin Stutzman were not returned prior to the airing of our report.

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