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Money reports not looking so good for a couple of congressional challengers

Friday, Jan 31, 2014

* Oh, this is not good at all. Check out state Rep. Mike Bost’s 4th Quarter fundraising report for his congressional bid

Total Contributions (other than loans) $63,000.92

Net Operating Expenditures $62,019.30

Cash on Hand at Close of Reporting Period $43,549.47

Yikes. 63 grand raised in a quarter? I know state legislative candidates who’ve raised more than that.

Bost’s Democratic opponent Bill Enyart has not yet filed.

…Adding… From an Enyart press release…

Enyart for Congress will report the campaign raised $180,352 in the 4th Quarter of 2013 and ended the year with $407,619 cash on hand.

* From a column earlier this week in the Sauk Valley newspaper

Bobby Schilling, R-Colona, said he makes about 10 to 20 fundraising calls a day.

That’s it? Not much. And if he’s telling a reporter that, you wonder how many calls he’s really making, particularly considering his latest quarterly fundraising report

Total Contributions (other than loans) $122,046.95

* From The Hill

Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) hauled in $330,000 in the last three months of 2013 and has more than $800,000 in the bank, her campaign announced Monday morning.

Bustos raised more than $1 million in 2013 for her rematch against former Rep. Bobby Schilling (R-Ill.), a strong figure for the freshman congresswoman.

Better start making more phone calls, there, Bobby.

Just sayin…

* In other news

Vulnerable Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., raised $280,000 in the fourth quarter, according to figures provided first to CQ Roll Call. Davis starts the election year with $1.05 million in the bank for this top-target race.

His fourth-quarter haul marks his lowest of the year. Last quarter, Davis raised $300,000, and he posted $455,000 between April 1 and June 30.

Operatives anticipate House Republicans will post relatively low fundraising in the fourth quarter, thanks in part to the government shutdown in October. The three-week-long federal government closure prevented many incumbents from dialing for dollars. […]

On the Democratic side, former Judge Ann Callis and physics professor George Gollin are seeking the Democratic nod. Callis raised $255,000 in the fourth quarter and has more than $500,000 cash on hand going into the March primary, her campaign announced on Tuesday.

Neither George Gollin nor Republican Erika Harold have yet filed.

* Freshman Democratic Congressman Brad Schneider raised $340K. Former Republican Congressman Bob Dold raised $304K.

* On the other hand, the RGA is going gangbusters

The Republican Governors Association significantly outpaced its Democratic counterpart in 2013 fundraising.

According to totals released Thursday, the Democratic Governors Association announced that it raised about $28 million in 2013 across its three committees. The RGA announced earlier this week that it raised $50.3 million in 2013 through its 527 committee.

The RGA — which normally does not release additional fundraising numbers — told POLITICO Thursday that it raised another $2.2 million through an affiliated nonprofit. That brings its total cash haul to $52.5 million in 2013 — close to double what the Democrats raised.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


7 Comments
  1. - The Captain - Friday, Jan 31, 14 @ 1:36 pm:

    Man of all the cycles to be the incumbent Republican in the 13th this will probably be the most favorable under the 10 years of this map. Callis has personal wealth so it’s not slam dunk but you’ve got a lean Republican district, even though it has U of I, ISU, SIUE and UIS it’s not a Presidential year so the student vote will be lower and at the top of the ticket Durin looks safe enough to keep downstaters from rallying to his cause while the incumbent Dem Governor has crazy high negatives in the district. No slam dunk but it’s an awfully good time to be Rodney Davis.


  2. - shore - Friday, Jan 31, 14 @ 1:38 pm:

    The congressional numbers don’t reflect the superpacs which you think would help republicans or the dccc numbers which are favoring democrats right now.

    The RGA release is more about trying to keep governor “I will shut down your traffic if you don’t bow down before me” politically viable but it’s nice the GOP finally has a powerhouse blue state gov who can shake big dollars lose like that instead of a yokel from idaho.


  3. - Formerly Known As... - Friday, Jan 31, 14 @ 1:41 pm:

    Is Pat Quinn still the DGA’s finance chairman?


  4. - Johnny Q. Suburban - Friday, Jan 31, 14 @ 2:00 pm:

    Mark Kirk, Bob Dold, and now Bruce Rauner seem to be playing a different game than the rest of the ILGOP. And they all share a number of staffers. Hm… Maybe someone else should be taking notes.


  5. - Almost the Weekend - Friday, Jan 31, 14 @ 2:05 pm:

    =Mark Kirk, Bob Dold, and now Bruce Rauner seem to be playing a different game than the rest of the ILGOP. And they all share a number of staffers. Hm… Maybe someone else should be taking notes=

    Last I checked only one of these individuals is in public office. I’d slow your role on Rauner, he’s gotten a free pass this whole time, there’s no way Quinn will let him have that in the general.


  6. - Just The Way It Is One - Friday, Jan 31, 14 @ 3:29 pm:

    Now these challengers for the U.S. House must know how Brady and Dillard feel most days…! Nope–dream as we might: it just DOESN’T grow on trees!!!


  7. - Crazy - Friday, Jan 31, 14 @ 3:54 pm:

    Those Bost numbers are really surprising. His fundraising prowess is weak to nonexistent. Perhaps its partly explained by the fact that the Dems have had the 12th CD so long that most of the big companies and donors there will donate to the Democratic incumbent.

    It makes me wonder what will happen later this year in the 12th CD. Despite his poor fundraising every poll done last year (and probably any poll now) would show the first-term Dem incumbent Enyart even or behind. Will the GOP’s big boys throw money at Bost if that keeps up this spring and summer even though he’s shown no capacity to do his own fundraising? With this being a non-presidential and the Democratic brand having taken some hits I just don’t see the big numbers of two years ago voting in the Democratic strongholds in the metro east.


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