* Duckworth sets a record for the cycle to date…
Democratic 8th Congressional District candidate Tammy Duckworth has raised a record amount of money in the second quarter, her campaign said.
Duckworth, who is running against Republican Joe Walsh, will report raising at least $885,540 for the second quarter of 2012, her strongest fundraising quarter yet. Her campaign said this is believed to be the highest quarter for any House challenger from either party.
Nearly 92 percent of the individual contributions Duckworth received this quarter were for $100 or less, with the average individual contribution being $79.97.
* Congressman Joe Walsh says he raised $318,121 and had about $750,000 in the bank. From a press release…
Duckworth’s figures reveal her campaign raised only 4.6% of her funds from the new or old 8th district, which was far less than her totals from New York and California. Duckworth’s cash on hand figure showed itself to be similar to Walsh’s keeping this a highly competitive fundraising campaign.
Ironically the numbers posted by the Duckworth campaign are near identical to the numbers she posted in 2006, when she raised $850,000 for the quarter and $4.56 million for the entire campaign. Yet despite those strong numbers and Democrats posting huge wins across the country, Duckworth lost handily to Peter Roskam.
Walsh added, “I will give my opponent Ms. Duckworth credit, she is the darling of the liberal elite, and they will gladly open their pocketbooks for her. However, as we learned in 2006 when she raised over $4 million, Ms. Duckworth cannot hide from voters and buy this election.”
* Meanwhile, Republican Congressman Bobby Schilling raised $360,000 in the second quarter. His take…
U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling (R-Colona) today announced impressive fundraising totals for the second quarter of 2012. The Bobby Schilling for Congress campaign has now raised more than $1.5 million during the 2011-12 election cycle, a record for a Republican candidate in the Illinois 17th District. Additionally, the campaign holds more than $945,000 cash on hand.
Schilling said that the vast majority of his campaign’s donations come from individuals within the Illinois 17th District, a stark contrast to his opponent.
* Schilling’s Democratic opponent Cheri Bustos outraised him and is closing the gap on cash on hand as well. Her take…
This strong fundraising report follows a strong $420,000 first quarter for Bustos, which also bested Congressman Schilling’s showing. Bustos has significantly narrowed the fundraising gap having, though having to fight her way through a primary, and finishes the quarter with more than $820,000 cash on hand.
I really doubt that Walsh can win this one, but the Bustos-Schilling race will definitely be a hot one. Schilling is a much better candidate than he’s often given credit for being.