I've been tweeting a lot of interesting updates from recent disclosures and I thought I'd do a weekly roundup to try to summarize the week's interesting news and organize these developments into a format you can follow. Here is last week's roundup.
- A-1 reports are for contributions received by the committee of $1,000 or more.
- B-1 reports are for independent expenditures made independent of the candidate (cannot be coordinated).
- Regular expenditures (not independent expenditures) are not reported until the quarterly filings are due, next on 3/31.
What follows is not every development in each of these races, only the big and/or notable ones. For comprehensive coverage of all the campaign finance data subscribe to either or both of our Racing Forms, updated weekly. The Illinois Racing Form covers all the General Assembly races, the Cook County Racing Form covers all the county candidates, MWRD, judges and committeemen races.
5th House (D) - Ken Dunkin (i) vs. Juliana Stratton
22nd House (D) - Michael Madigan (i) vs. Jason Gonzales vs. Joe Barboza vs. Grasiela Rodriguez
- On Saturday Illinois United for Change, the independent expenditure committee that has been supporting Jason Gonzales, added $10K to their IE committee.
- On Wednesday Jason Gonzales added $9K, mostly from various CEOs.
- Thursday Illinois United for Change, the independent expenditure committee that has been supporting Jason Gonzales added $100K, including $50K from Hull Investments.
- Worth noting: the four funds controlled by Speaker Madigan have an estimated funds available of almost $9 million.
26th House (D) - Christian Mitchell (i) vs. Jay Travis
- Last Friday right after reporting an A-1 for $27K from member dues the National Association of REALTORS Fund they then filed a B-1 for independent expenditures supporting Christian Mitchell for $27K for direct mail, phone calls and online ads.
- On Sunday Jay Travis added $26K, including $25K from the IFT.
- On Tuesday Jay Travis added $31K, including $25K from CTU.
- On Tuesday Jay Travis reported an in-kind for $4K for a mailing from the 42nd Ward Democratic Organization.
- Thursday Jay Travis informed the State Board that her Tuesday filing was in error and the contribution from CTU should have been for $12K instead of $25K.
66th House (R) - Paul Serwatka vs. Daniel Wilbrandt vs. Allen Skillicorn vs. Carolyn Schofield
72nd House (D) - Jeff Jacobs vs. Michael Halpin vs. Katelyn Hotle vs. Glen Evans
72nd House (R) - Brandi McGuire vs. Jordan Thoms
74th House (R) - Wayne Saline vs. Dan Swanson vs. Mike DeSutter
95th House (R) - Avery Bourne (i) vs. Dennis Scobbie vs. Christopher Hicks
- On Tuesday the Illinois Republican Party filed a B-1 for $153K for TV ads supporting Avery Bourne.
- On Tuesday the Illinois Republican Party filed a B-1 for $5K for telephone polling and ID supporting Avery Bourne.
99th House (R) - Sara Wojcicki Jimenez (i) vs. Kent Gray
- On Tuesday the Illinois Republican Party filed a B-1 for $171K for TV ads supporting Sara Wojcicki Jimenez.
102nd House (R) - Brad Halbrook vs. Randy Peterson vs. Jim Acklin
110th House (R) - Reggie Phillips (i) vs. Jonathan Kaye
- On Monday Liberty Principles PAC filed a B-1 for $7K for graphic design work supporting Reggie Phillips.
- On Tuesday incumbent Reggie Phillips added $5K from the candidate committee of Leader Jim Durkin.
- Thursday Liberty Principles PAC filed a B-1 for $11K for TV ads for Reggie Phillips.
5th Senate (D) - Patricia Van Pelt (i) vs. Bob Fioretti
- On Wednesday Patricia Van Pelt added $21K including $20K from the Illinois Senate Democratic Victory Fund, President Cullerton's caucus leadership fund.
26th Senate (R) - Dan McConchie vs. Casey Urlacher vs. Martin McLaughlin
50th Senate (R) - Sam McCann (i) vs. Bryce Benton
- On Saturday Liberty Principles PAC filed a B-1 for $10K for research supporting Bryce Benton.
- Very late on Saturday night Sam McCann filed an A-1 adding $103K in mostly labor money but also including $10K from Stand for Children.
- On Tuesday Bryce Benton added $1K from the candidate committee of former State Rep and current Ag Director Raymond Poe.
- Thursday Liberty Principles PAC filed a B-1 for $648K for TV ads and polling for Bryce Benton.
58th Senate (R) - Paul Schimpf vs. Sharee Langenstein
Cook County State's Attorney (D) - Anita Alvarez (i) vs. Kim Foxx vs. Donna More
- Last Friday Illinois Safety and Justice, the IE supporting Kim Foxx, filed another B-1 for $17K on mail for her.
- On Tuesday Illinois Safety and Justice, the IE supporting Kim Foxx, added $70K from George Soros. There are no contribution limits in this race, Donna More met the self funding threshold to remove the contribution limits, so Soros could have donated this amount directly to the Foxx campaign, which is a little odd.
- On Tuesday Anita Alvarez added $78K, including $50K from the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters PAC.
- On Tuesday Kim Foxx filed not one but two A-1's totaling $245K including $200K from Fred Eychaner.
- On Wednesday the Sun-Times reported that the Kim Foxx campaign violated the campaign finance laws by failing to report a poll paid for by the candidate committee of Toni Preckwinkle as an in-kind contribution. That same day the Foxx campaign did file an A-1 reporting the in-kind contribution.
- On Wednesday Anita Alvarez added $31K, including $20K from the Illinois Pipe Trades PAC .
- Late Thursday night Kim Foxx filed not one, not two, but three A-1's for a total of $81K including $50K from SEIU Illinois Council PAC.
Other Notable Contributions Received
- Last Friday Chicago Treasurer Kurt Summers filed an A-1 for about $20K.
- Last Friday Judge Anna Loftus filed an A-1 for a personal loan to her campaign of $30K.
- Last Friday UFCW Local 881 filed an A-1 adding $200K in member dues to their PAC.
- "Put it on the Underhill tab." Last Friday judicial candidate Ed Underhill filed an A-1 for a personal loan of $25K to his campaign committee.
- Last Friday Wine and Spirits Distributors of Illinois PAC filed an A-1 for $43K.
- Last Friday the Illinois Association of REALTORS added $100K to their PAC.
- Last Friday the Illinois Pipe Trades PEF reported adding $95K in member dues to their PAC.
- Support Independent Maps continues to add funds, but this time just $5K.
- On Saturday Elaine Nekritz, who currently has no opponent in the primary or general, added $28K of mostly trial lawyer money.
- On Tuesday the IBEW added $42K in member dues to their PAC.
- On Tuesday SEIU Illinois Council added $75K in member dues to their PAC.
- On Wednesday SEIU Healthcare Illinois Indiana added $214K to their PAC.
- On Wednesday the IFT added $140K from their locals, including $51K from CTU.
- On Wednesday Melinda Bush, who has a general election opponent but no primary opponent, added $56K, including $54K from the IEA.
- On Wednesday Kwame Raoul, who is on the ballot this cycle but currently faces no primary or general election opposition, added $34K in mostly trial lawyer money.
- On Wednesday Dan Beiser, currently facing no opposition in the primary or general elections, added $30K from the IBEW.
- On Wednesday Barbara Flynn Currie, who currently has no opponent in the primary or general elections, added $30K from 22 different donors.
- The Comptroller's race has been very, very quiet but Thursday Leslie Munger added $5K.
- Thursday the Illinois Laborers' Legislative Committee filed not one but two A-1's adding about $85K of member money to their PAC.
- Thursday Citizens for Rauner, Inc filed its first A-1 since October and just the 3rd since taking office, for $7,500.
Other Interesting Developments
- On Tuesday Stand for Children's IE reported an in-kind for $8,500 for research and then Thursday they reported an in-kind for $2K for data. It appears likely that they are about to start spending some money on independent expenditures, likely for mail.
- This cycle there are two Metropolitan Water Reclamation District elections, one for a 6 year term that has six active candidates (voters choose 3) and one for a 2 year term that has three active candidates (voters choose 1). One of the candidates in the 2 year election, Marty Durkan, has raised an impressive amount disclosed on A-1's so far this quarter, despite not being slated by the Cook County Democratic Party. He has reported almost $255K in A-1's this quarter but it appears some are duplicates and his actual haul is more likely about $199K which is still an impressive sum and far more than the $86K that the other 8 MWRD candidates have disclosed raising so far this quarter COMBINED. Then on Monday Michelle Harris, slated candidate for Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court, filed an A-1 disclosing an in-kind contribution of $50K for a mailing from Friends of Marty Durkan. A Twitter follower sent along a scan of the mailer, it's double sided featuring Durkan on one side and Harris on the other. The next day Rich Miller followed up with a little more info on the mailer and as you can see in the comments some of his commenters reported receiving the mailer despite not having a Democratic primary voting history and another one of my Twitter followers mentioned that both he and his wife received one so whoever set up their data file apparently didn't household it. Durkan has raised a lot of money so it's a race to keep an eye on.
- Last Friday NBC5's Ward Room blog posted an item about a new ad attacking Ken Dunkin that debuted last Wednesday from Citizens Against Corruption, chaired by William J. Kelly. There is no active committee named "Citizens Against Corruption" registered with either the Illinois State Board of Elections or the FEC. In fact, there is no active committee with the word "corruption" in its name registered with the State Board of Elections and none in Illinois that are registered with the FEC.
- On Thursday 109th district Republican House candidate John Curtis (not to be confused with 93rd district Democratic House candidate John Curtis) filed a D-1 to create his candidate committee named "Citizens to Bring Illinois Back". Per 5/9-2. (b): "The name of each candidate political committee shall identify the name of the public official or candidate supported by the candidate political committee." He'll have to amend his D-1 to change the name of his committee to include his own name.
- On Wednesday I tweeted that I thought 5 General Assembly races had had enough independent expenditure spending to exceed the $100K threshold to remove the contribution limits for those offices. After studying the code on independent expenditures more closely I now believe that was in error and only 3 General Assembly races have had enough (and the right kind of) independent expenditure spending to remove the contribution limits for those offices. Upon closer reading of 5/9-8.5 (h-5) and 5/9-8.5 (h-10) that only independent expenditures made by natural persons or independent expenditure committees that aggregate to over $100K (as opposed to independent expenditures made by party committees or PACs) will trigger the provision that removes the contribution limits for that office. Based on that narrower reading 3 General Assembly races should already meet that standard, the 5th House (Ken Dukin, IllinoisGO), the 72nd House (Brandi McGuire, Liberty Principles PAC) and the 50th Senate (Bryce Benton, Liberty Principles PAC). The State Board's Contribution Limits Off List appears to be up to date.
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