3/31 Filing Totals

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It’s early in the cycle so it’s best not to read too much into these. Here are the totals for the statewide, leadership and party committees.

Committee 3/31 Raised 3/31 CoH Debt A-1s Since Est Funds Avail
Citizens for Rauner, Inc $44,630.01 $50,392,630.57 ($39,775.00) $14,000.00 $50,406,630.57
Evelyn for Illinois $3,110.20 $220.68 ($26,079.97) $0.00 $220.68
JB for Governor $200,000.00 $141,369.59 $0.00 $7,000,000.00 $7,141,369.59
Biss for Illinois $314,331.01 $1,592,081.07 $0.00 $1,000.00 $1,593,081.07
Kennedy for Illinois $1,026,097.21 $907,427.61 $0.00 $0.00 $907,427.61
Ameya Pawar for Governor $294,351.60 $246,203.05 $0.00 $1,000.00 $247,203.05
Friends of Ameya Pawar $19,994.00 $8,709.14 $0.00 $0.00 $8,709.14
Daiber for Governor $49,410.00 $37,530.17 ($20,000.00) $0.00 $37,530.17
Citizens for Lisa Madigan $86,620.00 $2,271,562.88 $0.00 $0.00 $2,271,562.88
Citizens for Jesse White $6,950.00 $353,222.95 $0.00 $0.00 $353,222.95
Friends for Susana Mendoza $265,064.76 $477,812.79 $0.00 $0.00 $477,812.79
Citizens for Leslie Munger $0.00 $123,973.47 ($5,500.00) $0.00 $123,973.47
Friends of Frerichs $58,925.00 $227,438.50 $0.00 $0.00 $227,438.50
Democratic Party of Illinois $93,512.46 $2,778,444.58 $0.00 $2,500.00 $2,780,944.58
Friends of Michael J Madigan $65,614.53 $2,460,728.95 $0.00 $7,000.00 $2,467,728.95
Democratic Majority $87,698.76 $1,089,702.72 $0.00 $0.00 $1,089,702.72
13th Ward Democratic Org $1,086.00 $778,119.03 $0.00 $0.00 $778,119.03
Citizens for John Cullerton for State Senate $62,907.49 $250,888.90 $0.00 $2,000.00 $252,888.90
Senate Democratic Victory Fund $175,140.15 $38,854.97 $0.00 $43,117.51 $81,972.48
Committee to Support John Cullerton for State Central Committeeman $53,900.84 $24,340.61 $0.00 $0.00 $24,340.61
Illinois Republican Party $297,685.01 $172,111.55 $0.00 $62,500.00 $234,611.55
Citizens for Durkin $127,741.76 $155,763.85 $0.00 $0.00 $155,763.85
House Republican Organization $568,113.91 $101,654.03 $0.00 $0.00 $101,654.03
House Republican Leadership Committee $0.00 $51,287.68 $0.00 $0.00 $51,287.68
Citizens for Christine Radogno $16,500.00 $458,450.80 $0.00 $0.00 $458,450.80
Republican State Senate Campaign Committee $304,849.55 $344,708.12 $0.00 $20,000.00 $364,708.12

 

And here are the totals for Independent Expenditure Committees (superpacs).

 

Committee Cash on Hand A-1s Since B-1s Since Est Funds Available
Liberty Principles PAC $755,690.21 $0.00 $0.00 $755,690.21
INCS Action Independent Committee $185,654.03 $0.00 $0.00 $185,654.03
Illinois Association of REALTORS Fund $170,619.73 $0.00 $0.00 $170,619.73
Personal PAC Independent Committee $96,691.73 $0.00 $0.00 $96,691.73
Chicagoans United for Economic Security PAC $82,308.52 $0.00 $0.00 $82,308.52
Gun Violence Prevention Independent Expenditure PAC $45,832.51 $0.00 $0.00 $45,832.51
Two Rivers PAC $41,092.70 $0.00 $0.00 $41,092.70
Economic Freedom Alliance $31,838.08 $30,000.00 ($36,512.25) $25,325.83
Stand for Children IL IEC $24,948.03 $0.00 $0.00 $24,948.03
The JOBS PAC $7,577.76 $0.00 $0.00 $7,577.76
Parents and Neighbors for Quality Education $5,630.21 $23,864.00 ($25,539.02) $3,955.19
Chicago Forward $1,594.31 $0.00 $0.00 $1,594.31
GOPAC Illinois Legislative Fund $151.24 $0.00 $0.00 $151.24
Central Illinois for Responsible Government, NFP $144.64 $0.00 $0.00 $144.64
National Association of REALTORS Fund $100.54 $0.00 $0.00 $100.54
Diogenes of Illinois PAC $75.71 $0.00 $0.00 $75.71
Working America $0.00 $2,239.89 ($2,239.89) $0.00
Turnaround Illinois $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Illinois United for Change $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Republican State Leadership Committee- IE Committee $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Illinois Chamber IE Committee $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

 

Governor Amends Report, Deletes $78K in Contributions to Fellow Republicans

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Over the weekend Governor Rauner’s campaign committee filed an amended quarterly report for the quarter ending 6/30/2015. The most notable change in this amended report is a reduction in the transfers out from $400,000 to $322,000, a reduction of $78,000.

You may remember that in May of the first year of his administration Governor Rauner made a contribution to every Republican member of the General Assembly, both Senate and House, totaling $400,000. Here’s how it was described by the AP:

Gov. Bruce Rauner has started doling out money from his campaign fund to fellow Republicans as the Illinois Legislature approaches what could be difficult votes on several big issues.

Rauner divided $400,000 among every Republican member of the Illinois House and Senate, spokeswoman Catherine Kelly said Saturday.

The contributions, made Monday, come with just weeks to go before the May 31 end to the spring legislative session, and with Rauner looking to his GOP allies to support his pro-business agenda in the Democrat-controlled General Assembly.

The timing and political ramifications made some of these Republican beneficiaries uncomfortable,
some did not cash these checks while others held them and did not cash them right away.

“I don’t want to make it look like someone is influencing me from the administration. So, it’s setting in a drawer and we’re going to hold it,” said state Rep. David Reis, a Willow Hill Republican, speaking of the checks worth $3,000 to $10,000 that Rauner sent to each Republican member of the House and Senate.

“I thought the timing was unusual. So while we are debating issues, I thought it inappropriate to accept it,” added state Rep. Keith Sommer, R-Morton.

Rep. Dan Brady, R-Bloomington, also said the contributions felt odd.

“While we appreciate the donation, I haven’t made a final decision of where, if and when, that I’ll do with the check,” said Brady, adding he may even give away the money Rauner gave to him.

It appears the Governor’s campaign filed this amendment over the weekend to remove the contributions that were never cashed. Here are the contributions that were listed previously that are no longer listed in the latest amendment, these were likely never cashed or otherwise considered contributed under the law:

Committee Date Amount
Citizens for C.D. Davidsmeyer 5/5/2015 $8,000
Citizens for Hammond 5/5/2015 $8,000
Committee to Elect Michael W. Tyron 5/5/2015 $8,000
Friends for Avery Bourne 5/5/2015 $8,000
Friends for Randy Frese 5/5/2015 $8,000
Citizens for Karen McConnaughay 5/5/2015 $4,000
Citizens for Kyle McCarter 5/5/2015 $4,000
Citizens for Michael P. McAuliffe 5/5/2015 $4,000
Citizens for Reggie Phillips 5/5/2015 $4,000
Citizens for Unes 5/5/2015 $4,000
Committee to Elect Sheri Jesiel 5/5/2015 $4,000
Committee to Elect Terri Bryant 5/5/2015 $4,000
David McSweney for State Representative 5/5/2015 $4,000
Friends for John Cavaletto 5/5/2015 $3,000
Friends for Poe 5/5/2015 $3,000

And here is the list of contributions that remain, these likely were cashed.

Committee Date Amount
Citizens for Christine Radogno 5/5/2015 $10,000
Citizens for Durkin 5/5/2015 $10,000
Brady for Senate 5/5/2015 $8,000
Citizens for Bill Mitchell 5/5/2015 $8,000
Citizens for Chad Hays 5/5/2015 $8,000
Citizens for Chris Nybo 5/5/2015 $8,000
Citizens for Dale A. Righter 5/5/2015 $8,000
Citizens for Joe Sosnowski 5/5/2015 $8,000
Citizens for Kay 5/5/2015 $8,000
Citizens for Leitch 5/5/2015 $8,000
Citizens for Matt Murphy 5/5/2015 $8,000
Citizens For Moffitt 5/5/2015 $8,000
Citizens for Pamela J Althoff 5/5/2015 $8,000
Citizens for Pritchard 5/5/2015 $8,000
Citizens for Steve Andersson 5/5/2015 $8,000
Citizens for Sullivan 5/5/2015 $8,000
Citizens to Elect Patricia R. Bellock 5/5/2015 $8,000
Citizens to Elect Ron Sandack 5/5/2015 $8,000
Committee to Elect Dan Duffy 5/5/2015 $8,000
Committee to Elect Keith Wheeler 5/5/2015 $8,000
Friends of Adam Brown 5/5/2015 $8,000
Friends of Chapin Rose 5/5/2015 $8,000
Friends of Dan Brady 5/5/2015 $8,000
Friends of Jason Barickman 5/5/2015 $8,000
Friends of Mark Batinick 5/5/2015 $8,000
Friends of Mike Fortner 5/5/2015 $8,000
Friends of Tim Butler 5/5/2015 $8,000
Friends of Tom Bennett 5/5/2015 $8,000
Team Demmer 5/5/2015 $8,000
Anderson for Illinois 5/5/2015 $4,000
Barbara Wheeler 64 5/5/2015 $4,000
Citizens for Bivins 5/5/2015 $4,000
Citizens for Brian W. Stewart 5/5/2015 $4,000
Citizens for Connelly 5/5/2015 $4,000
Citizens for John M. Cabello 5/5/2015 $4,000
Citizens for Luechtefeld 5/5/2015 $4,000
Citizens for Tom Morrison 5/5/2015 $4,000
Citizens to Elect Grant Wehrli 5/5/2015 $4,000
Committee to Elect David Harris 5/5/2015 $4,000
Friends of Jeanne Ives 5/5/2015 $4,000
Friends of Jim Oberweis 5/5/2015 $4,000
Friends of John D. Anthony 5/5/2015 $4,000
Friends of Peter Breen 5/5/2015 $4,000
Friends of Sue Rezin 5/5/2015 $4,000
Keith Sommer Campaign Committee 5/5/2015 $4,000
Sam McCann for Senate 5/5/2015 $4,000
Syverson for Senate 5/5/2015 $4,000
Vote for Margo McDermed for Illnois House 5/5/2015 $4,000
Winger for Representative 5/5/2015 $4,000
Citizens for Charlie Meier 5/5/2015 $3,000
Citizens for David Reis 5/5/2015 $3,000

 

IL-GOV: How Much Will the Democratic Primary Cost

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Yesterday JB Pritzker’s campaign announced that he had contributed $7 million to his campaign, on top of the $200,000 he had previously given. It appears that because of some technical difficulties the A-1 disclosing it didn’t get filed, probably early next week.

If Pritzker has already committed $7 million towards the Democratic primary it raises the question of how much will it cost to have a chance in this primary? You probably don’t have to spend the most money to win the nomination but each candidate will have to spend enough to communicate effectively.
Here is a list of how much was spent by each Democratic candidate for Governor in the last four gubernatorial primaries that we have data for (the electronic filing era).

Cycle Candidate Period Amount Spent Vote
2014 Pat Quinn Jan 2011 – Mar 2014 $2,800,595.36 71.94%
2014 Tio Hardiman Oct 2013 – Mar 2014 $36,267.23 28.06%
2010 Pat Quinn Jan 2007 – Mar 2010 $7,543,975.34 50.46%
2010 Dan Hynes Jan 2007 – Mar 2010 $8,088,587.44 49.54%
2006 Rod Blagojevich Jan 2003 – Mar 2006 $10,593,035.28 70.84%
2006 Edwin Eisendrath Dec 2005 – Mar 2006 $1,545,344.36 29.16%
2002 Rod Blagojevich Jun 2000 – Mar 2002 $7,532,598.65 36.50%
2002 Paul Vallas Jul 2001 – Mar 2002 $3,342,309.11 34.47%
2002 Roland Burris Jun 2001 – Mar 2002 $2,001,412.81 29.03%

In 2014 Pat Quinn had token opposition and was able to get through the primary with just $2.8 million whereas the two most competitive primaries here, 2002 and 2010, each had $7.5 million spent by the winner. The 2006 number for Blagojevich is skewed a bit high because he started what was essentially a general election TV campaign in February and then didn’t really come down until late summer so his TV numbers look high here.

What’s the minimum amount that’s needed to win here? It’s hard to say but Vallas came just short spending $3.3 million and that was 15 years ago so costs have certainly gone up. It’s hard to imagine a candidate winning this primary on less than that.