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Less than two months after being appointed Indiana Secretary of State, Rep. Holli Sullivan has stirred controversy by violating fundraising rules in launching her bid for election to the office in 2022.

Gov. Eric Holcomb selected Sullivan, a Republican state representative, as secretary of state in March to finish the term of the former secretary, Connie Lawson, who retired.

Sullivan asked for donations five days before the allowed date of April 29, the last date on which the Indiana General Assembly can meet in a budget-writing year; elected state officials and lawmakers are forbidden from fundraising before that date in those years. A statement released by Sullivan’s campaign says it is aware of the violation of the fundraising rules and the money collected has already been returned to the donors.

“If you are vying to be elected to head the office that oversees elections and enforces campaign finance laws, it would probably be a good idea to not break those laws,” said State Libertarian Party Chairman Evan McMahon, who first called attention to Sullivan’s fundraising appeal.

Carolina Puga Mendoza is a reporter for, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.

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