After Successful Fundraising, Democrats Have No Excuse For Failure – Chicago Sun-Times | Mobiz World

House Speaker Chris Welch reported raising a whopping $14 million in the third quarter, with nearly half of that, $6 million, coming from Gov. JB Pritzker. That gives Welch a huge cash advantage down the stretch over his Republican counterpart.

Welch’s personal campaign committee reported raising $7 million between July 1 and September 30, ending up with $11.6 million in cash.

The Welch caucus committee, Democrats for the Illinois House, also reported raising $7 million during the same period, including $6 million from Pritzker. The committee ended the quarter with approximately $5.8 million in the bank after spending $6.4 million.

From October 1 to October 21, Welch reported raising an additional $1.5 million for his personal committee and about $500,000 for his caucus committee, giving him a total of $19.4 million , which he can spend in the final five weeks of the campaign as he cleans up The Accounts. Welch previously transferred nearly $10 million from his personal committee to his caucus committee. So his cash available for the latest push is likely up to $16 million, but could be more if needed.

Senate President Don Harmon reported that he had raised $4.9 million for his personal committee in the third quarter and ended up raising $13 million in the bench.

Harmon’s caucus committee, ISDF, raised about $9 million, with $7 million of that coming from Harmon’s personal committee and another $1 million from Pritzker. It ended the quarter with $4 million after transferring $4.5 million to members and spending $1.9 million on surveys, media production, etc. plus some overhead.

Harmon has reported raising an additional $1.8 million for his personal committee and $6.1 million for his caucus committee from Oct. 1-21, with $1 million from Pritzker and $5 million was transferred by Harmon’s personal committee. So he’s sitting on a total of $19.9 million, plus another million or so in his other accounts.

As expected, Republican fundraising hasn’t even come close to matching Democrats. Republican House Speaker Jim Durkin’s personal committee reported raising $820,000 in the third quarter, just 12% of Welch’s haul. Durkin ended the quarter with $319,000 after spending $1.8 million, including sending $300,000 to his caucus committee, House Republican Majority. He has since reported raising $1.4 million as of Oct. 21.

The Republican majority in the House of Representatives reported raising about $1.4 million in the third quarter, plus Durkin’s $300,000. It spent $1.6 million and ended the quarter on $220,000. It has since reported raising $1.6 million through Oct. 21, but $850,000 of that came from Durkin’s personal committee.

All told, Durkin had about $2.5 million left over the past five weeks — about 16% of Welch’s total.

Republican Senate Chairman Dan McConchie reported raising $2.7 million in the third quarter, including about $2.2 million from Richard Uihlein. He reported spending $3.1 million, of which $2.9 million went to his caucus committee, the Senate Republican Victory Fund. He ended the third quarter with $1.2 million in treasury and has since reported raising $870,000.

The Senate Republican Victory Fund reported raising approximately $400,000 in the quarter, plus the $2.9 million committed by McConchie. It spent $3.3 million and ended the quarter at $296,000. It has since reported raising $1.3 million, of which $1 million came from McConchie’s personal campaign.

Add it up and it appears that McConchie has about $2.6 million to spend over the past five weeks — about 12% of what Harmon has.

Legislative assemblies, governor and other candidates all qualify for a large postage discount by using their respective states parties to handle their postal operations. So if we look at the party outputs, we can get an idea of ​​what’s happening on the mailer front.

After relinquishing leadership, which could not legally raise or spend federal campaign funds, the Illinois Democratic Party reported that it brought in $8.3 million for the third quarter and ended with $5.8 million. It has since reported that it has taken in $4.3 million, giving it $10.1 million in available mailer spending over the past few weeks.

The Illinois Republican Party raised $2.2 million, spent $1.5 million, and ended up with $1.1 million in cash. The ILGOP has since reported raising $3 million, giving it $4.1 million to finish — much less than half of what DPI had.

The Democrats have no excuses for failure.

Rich Miller also publishes Capitol Fax, a daily political newsletter, and CapitolFax.com.

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