Ten Legislative Races Pass $1M Mark

Oct 22, 2010, 16:40 ET from Illinois Campaign for Political Reform

More than 60% of Funds Come from Legislative Leaders

CHICAGO, Oct. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform (ICPR) reported Friday that leader contributions in the top 20 targeted legislative races account for $12,750,525 or 63% of all receipts in those campaigns.  As we enter the final full week of the election, that percentage is expected to rise.

Of Democratic candidates, the Democratic Party of Illinois accounts for $4.48 million; the Senate Democratic Victory Fund has contributed $3.32 million; and $230,693 has gone into targeted campaigns from Friends of Michael J Madigan.        

On the Republican side, the Illinois Republican Party is the top supporter of targeted contests at $1.271 million.  The House Republican Organization has also contributed $1.27 million and the Republican State Senate Campaign Committee has given $1.17 million.  An additional $822,000 comes from Citizen's to Elect Tom Cross, plus $176,000 from Citizens for Christine Radogno.

"Once again the larger than life role of the legislative leaders is evident in their dominance over campaign resources," said Cynthia Canary, Director of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform.  "Legislative candidates in targeted districts rely far more heavily on their leaders for financial support, than they do on area voters."      

With election day now only 10 days away, races for the state legislature are shaping up to be among the most expensive in state history.  Five Senate races and five House races have passed the million-dollar mark, with several others poised to do so as early as next week.

Top 20 Legislative Races as of October 21, 2010


Senate Races

District

Candidate

P

Total Reported Fundraising

Race Total

10TH SENATE

DOHERTY

R

$340,600

 $985,800

MULROE

D

$645,200

22ND SENATE

RAUSCHENBERGER

R

$671,400

$1,482,500

NOLAND

D

$811,100

31ST SENATE

SCHMIDT

R

$453,400

$1,148,400

BOND

D

$695,000

34TH SENATE

SYVERSON

R

$527,800

  $1,040,100

WILSON

D

$512,300

40TH SENATE

BAUMGARTNER

R

$400,700

  $1,414,200

HUTCHINSON

D

$1,013,500

43RD SENATE

CRENSHAW

R

$309,800

  $1,110,600

WILHELMI

D

$800,800

49TH SENATE

McCANN

R

$746,700

  $2,431,400

DEMUZIO

D

$1,684,700

51ST SENATE

McCARTER

R

$369,200

  $635,800

DUDLEY

D

$266,500

55TH SENATE

RIGHTER

R

$574,400

 $622,400

WEGER

D

$48,000

House Races

17TH REPRESENTATIVE

CHANG

R

$346,500

  $940,900

BISS

D

$594,300

37TH REPRESENTATIVE

JUNKAS

R

$155,600

  $547,500

McCARTHY

D

$391,900

43RD REPRESENTATIVE

MUNSON

R

$320,200

  $932,900

FARNHAM

D

$612,700

44TH REPRESENTATIVE

ROTH

R

$322,900


$740,700

CRESPO

D

$417,800

56TH REPRESENTATIVE

HIGGINS

R

$447,500

$1,065,800

MUSSMAN

D

$618,300

66TH REPRESENTATIVE

HARRIS

R

$233,600

  $845,100

WALKER

D

$611,500

85TH REPRESENTATIVE

OLIVER

R

$295,100

  $679,400

McASEY

D

$384,200

91ST REPRESENTATIVE

UNES

R

$650,500

  $1,469,900

SMITH

D

$819,400

92ND REPRESENTATIVE

MONTELONGO

R

$133,200

  $713,400

GORDON

D

$580,200

98TH REPRESENTATIVE

ROSENTHAL

R

$627,400

  $1,478,000

LANDERS

D

$850,600

101ST REPRESENTATIVE

BROWN

R

$547,600

  $1,225,600

FLIDER

D

$678,000

112TH REPRESENTATIVE

KAY

R

$351,800

  $1,166,200

HOFFMAN

D

$814,400




ICPR has posted the top 20 contributors to legislative races and to legislative leaders and Illinois political parties at www.ilcampaign.org.  To search legislative races, go here: http://ilcampaign.org/sunshine/SunshineInitialState.php.

The Sunshine Database at www.ILcampaign.org is the only Illinois website that with information standardized by donor name.  Political campaign reports to the state often include variations and misspellings of donor names and addresses, making it impossible to get an accurate picture of contribution activity from the campaign committee reports alone.  The Sunshine Database also has coded the information by interest group.

ICPR's website also allows visitors to search by candidate name or by district number to find more detailed information about contributors to those candidates and search by a contributor name to see what campaign committees received contributions from that contributor.

About the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform

The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform is a non-profit, non-partisan public interest organization conducting research and advocating reforms to promote public participation in government, address the role of money in politics and encourage integrity, accountability and transparency in government. The late U.S. Sen. Paul Simon founded ICPR in 1997.

CONTACT: Cindi Canary, Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, 312 335-1767

SOURCE Illinois Campaign for Political Reform



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