Indiana Attorney General election, 2012

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The Indiana attorney general election took place on November 6, 2012.

In Indiana, the two major parties conduct state conventions to nominate candidates for attorney general.[1] The Republican Party state convention took place on June 9 and the Democratic Party state convention was on June 16. The attorney general was then elected in the general election.

Republican incumbent Attorney General Greg Zoeller kicked off his 2012 re-election campaign at the Statehouse on May 18. Weeks later, Republican convention delegates officially nominated him for a second term.[2] Zoeller ran on his first term performance serving as the state's chief legal counsel. Since first elected to the office in 2008, he successfully defended challenges to laws combating illegal immigration, "approving school vouchers, fighting illegal immigration and defunding Planned Parenthood."[2]

One week after Zoeller's nomination, Indiana Democrats held their own convention, at which delegates confirmed the rumored candidacy of attorney Kay Fleming for attorney general. Fleming practiced at her own law firm in Indianapolis. She had clerked for two federal judges and served as the first attorney for the Indiana Gaming Commission.

Upon receiving the nomination, Fleming said she could make the office run more efficiently and tackle pressing issues: "I think the children, the DCS system, needs an overhaul. Education system needs and overhaul."[3] She also cited constituent reports of the Do-Not-Call list failing to deliver as promised as a reason for challenging the current leadership, despite thinking that Zoeller "is doing good job."[3][4]

Fleming lost to Zoeller in the general election on November 6, 2012.


Republican PartyIncumbent Greg Zoeller Green check mark transparent.png
Democratic PartyIndianapolis attorney Kay Fleming

Attorney General of Indiana General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGreg Zoeller Incumbent 58% 1,453,334
     Democratic Kay Fleming 42% 1,051,504
Total Votes 2,504,838
Election Results via Indiana Secretary of State.
1 Due dates for reports
2 Candidates

Due dates for reports

Campaign finance is overseen by the Elections Commission within the Elections Division, part of the Office of the Secretary of State.

Key types of reports include:

  • CFA-1 Candidate’s Statement of Organization and Designation of Principal Committee or Exploratory Committee, DUE TWO DAYS AFTER FILING
  • CFA-4 Receipts and Expenditures Report of a Candidate’s Committee, filed three times a year, for the primary, general, and annual reports
  • CFA-11 Supplemental "Large Contribution" Report by a Candidate’s Committee, applicable to donations exceeding $1,000 and due within 48 hours of receipt


Greg Zoeller

Greg Zoeller Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
First Quarterly[5]April 16, 2012$394,734.96$24,325.00$(57,628.78)$361,431.24
Second Quarterly[6]July 16, 2012$361,431.24$172,898.60$(74,910.66)$459,419.18
Third Quarterly[7]October 15, 2012$459,419.18$169,623.46$(205,577.07)$423,465.57
Running totals

Kay Fleming

Kay Fleming Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Second Quarterly[8]July 12, 2012$0.00$5,191.00$(980.85)$4,210.15
Third Quarterly[9]October 15, 2012$4,210.15$11,736.22$(14,205.30)$1,741.07
Running totals
  • Administrative deadlines are at close of business (5:00) unless otherwise noted.
Deadline Event
Feb 10 Candidate filing deadline for major parties
April 9 Voter registration ends
May 8 Primary election
May 22 Voter registration begins
June 9 Republican Party State Convention
June 16 Democratic Party State Convention
July 2 Candidate filing deadline for third parties
Oct 9 Voter registration ends
Nov 6 General election

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