Indiana Senate thumps SOS Rokita bid for ad exemption

Todd Rokita

Indianapolis - Score this one Indiana Senate 50, Secretary of State Todd Rokita 0.

The Senate voted unanimously Wednesday in an unusual roll call vote to reject a bill amendment sought by Rokita's office that would have removed language barring it from using a state investment fraud fund to pay for TV and radio ad campaigns in which he appears.

Rokita has spent or plans to spend more than $1.5 million on such advertising.

Some lawmakers felt Rokita was using the fund to build name recognition as he seeks other elective office. He's seeking the Republican nomination in the 4th District congressional race against 12 other candidates - including state Sens. Brandt Hershman of Lafayette and Mike Young of Indianapolis.

Rokita's office had no immediate comment on the vote.

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