Illinois Senate candidates raised a combined total of $151,000 during the first quarter, with incumbent John Sullivan, D-Rushville, holding a two-to-one advantage over Republican Randy Frese of Paloma. Sullivan held nearly an eight-to-one edge for cash on hand.
Frese raised $47,553 during the quarter and had $41,774 on hand at the end of March. Sullivan raised $103,515 and ended the quarter with $326,814.66 on hand.
Sullivan, like many incumbents, got lots of his contributions from political action committees. His D-2 report linked here shows a mix of business, professional and union contributions which generated $79,350. Caterpillar Inc., the Illinois Trucking Association and Illinois CPAs for Political Action are listed along with the Illinois Federation of Teachers and Southern Central Ill. Laborers among the donors.
Sullivan’s individual contributions of $20,550 are linked here.
Frese got a $10,000 contribution from the Republican Central Committee out of Macomb and $250 from the Cass County Republican Central Committee as shown here.
In addition, Frese had 56 itemized individual contributions linked here that totaled $28,299, including seven family members named Frese.
Sullivan also received $1,009.83 from BNSF Railroad earlier this week.
The dollars don’t tell all of the story in political campaigns, but they’re interesting.