Eric HolcombRepublican
Assumed office January 9, 2017
Currently serving first term, which will end January 2021; two consecutive term limit

Groups connected to the governor:
Imagine Indiana, Inc. (II)

 

Imagine Indiana, Inc. (II)

www.nextlevelindiana.com (defunct)[1]
Type of group: Shadow governance
Type of support: Inauguration
Tax status: 501(c)(4)
Active: November 9, 2016 – present[2]

Stated mission: II was “formed to manage [Gov. Holcomb’s] transition and inaugural activities.”[3]

Ties to the governor: II was formed by William W. Barrett, who donated $5,400 to Gov. Holcomb’s campaign.[4] As of November 9, 2016, its directors include Kyle Hupfer, a “trusted longtime friend of [Gov.] Holcomb” and co-chair of Gov. Holcomb’s transition board who Gov. Holcomb also nominated as Indiana Republican Party chief;[5] Earl Goode, Gov. Holcomb’s chief of staff;[6] and Jeff Knight, who also served on Gov. Holcomb’s transition board.[7]

Activities: II, formerly known as Next Level Indiana, Inc., was created the day after Gov. Holcomb won the 2016 gubernatorial race.[8] Taking Indiana to the “next level” is a catchphrase for Gov. Holcomb; it was a repeated theme of his first State of the State address, where he also announced the creation of the Next Level Indiana Fund.[9] In April 2017, II retweeted a Twitter ad from American Policy Coalition, a nonprofit previously associated with Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, advocating for Gov. Holcomb’s infrastructure plan.[10]

II changed its name to Imagine Indiana, Inc. on July 11, 2017.[11]

Donor disclosure and revenue: II has not disclosed its donors. Its revenue has not yet been reported to the IRS.

 

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[1] “Thank You For Your Vote,” Next Level Indiana (Stored on Wayback Machine), https://www.web.archive.org/web/*/nextlevelindiana.com (Accessed February 5, 2018)

[2] State of Indiana Filing History Details (Corporations), “Business Details: Imagine Indiana, Inc.,” State of Indiana, Office of the Secretary of State, https://bsd.sos.in.gov/PublicBusinessSearch/BusinessInformation?businessId=1166214&isSeries=False (Accessed February 5, 2018)

[3] Niki Kelly, “New governor announces transition team,” The Journal Gazette (Indiana), Nov. 9, 2016, http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/indiana/New-governor-announces-transition-team-16236910 (Accessed February 5, 2018)

[4]Ibid., “Business Details: Imagine Indiana, Inc.”; Report of Receipts and Disbursements, “Authorized Committee: Eric Holcomb of Indiana,” Federal Election Commission, http://docquery.fec.gov/pdf/105/15020151105/15020151105.pdf (Accessed February 5, 2018)

[5] Niki Kelly, “Holcomb makes pick for state’s GOP chief,” The Journal Gazette (Indiana), Dec. 12, 2016, http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/indiana/Holcomb-makes-pick-for-state-s-GOP-chief-16801454 (Accessed February 5, 2018)

[6] Brittany Lewis, “Governor-elect Holcomb announces Earl Goode as chief of staff,” WISH-TV, Nov. 21, 2016, http://www.wishtv.com/2016/11/21/governor-elect-holcomb-to-announce-chief-of-staff-transition-board-expansion/ (Accessed February 5, 2018)

[7] Tony Cook, “Holcomb turns to former Daniels officials for transition team,” The Indianapolis Star, Nov. 9, 2016, http://www.indystar.com/story/news/politics/2016/11/09/holcomb-turns-former-daniels-officials-transition-team/93538888/ (Accessed February 5, 2018)

[8] “Certificate of Amendment: Next Level Indiana, Inc.” State of Indiana, Office of the Secretary of State. https://bsd.sos.in.gov/PublicBusinessSearch/GetBOSFilingDocuments?FilingNo=7644385&BusinessID=1166214 (Accessed February 7, 2018); Laura King, “Republican Eric Holcomb wins governor’s race in Indiana,” The Los Angeles Times, Nov. 8, 2016, http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/trailguide/la-na-election-day-2016-republican-eric-holcomb-wins-governor-s-1478658217-htmlstory.html (Accessed February 5, 2018)

[9] Schneider and Lange, “Holcomb: Indiana will act with ‘boldness and courage’,” The Indianapolis Star, Jan. 17, 2017 http://www.indystar.com/story/news/politics/2017/01/17/holcomb-indiana-act-boldness-and-courage/96674282/ (Accessed February 5, 2018)

[10] Niki Kelly, “Nonprofit backs roads plan,” The Journal Gazette (Indiana), Apr. 19, 2017, http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/indiana/20170419/nonprofit-backs-roads-plan (Accessed February 5, 2018)

[11] “Certificate of Amendment: Next Level Indiana, Inc.” State of Indiana, Office of the Secretary of State.