Thursday, January 28, 2010

Top Statewide and Legislative Contests for Next Tuesday's Primary

We continue our look at downticket races today with some statewide and legislative contests.

What's striking about the races for the Lt. Gov. nomination in both parties is how self-funders dominate both contests. Two candidates, one D and one R, account for virtually all of the $4.5 million that the 12 candidates have reported. Over 98% of Democrat Scott Lee Cohen's $1.9 million came from his own pocket, while Republican Jason Plummer has drawn on family and the family lumber yard for over 95% of his $1.1 million. No other candidate in either race has reported more than $350K.

Justin Oberman's $662,100 in reported receipts accounts for two-thirds of the money raised by the three people seeking the Democratic nomination for Treasurer. The largest share of his money, $260K, comes in the form of loans from Coloradoan Steve Belin. Robin Kelly's $309,312 accounts for the other third of total fundraising, and Mark Doyle's $49,420 pales in comparison. On the Republican side, Judy Baar Topinka reports $77K; far less than the two leading Dems but more than the other two candidates in her race.

For Comptroller, Democrat Raja Krishnamoothi leads with $1M, but David Mililer remains close at $800K. Krishnamoorthi and his relations account for only about $20K of his total; his largest contributor is Dr. Siva Sivananthan who, directly and through companies, has given $57K. Miller is relying on the Illinois Education Association ($100K) and the Dental Society ($50K; Miller is a dentist) for his largest contributions. Clinton Krislov's $79K came mostly from his own pocket. Republican Dan Rutherford reports $823K, and is unopposed for the Republican nomination, while Green Scott Summers has yet to form a committee.

The high number of legislative retirements resulted in an abnormally high number of open seats, but the hottest legislative race is in the 23rd House District, where incumbent Dan Burke has raised $541K to fend off Rudy Lozano and two others. Lozano reports $87,152; the other two candidates have yet to form political committees and so have not reported any receipts.

In second place for House races is the contest for the Democratic nomination to the seat now held by Julie Hamos of Evanston. Five candidates combine for $397,656. Former Citizen Action legislaive director Patrick Keenan-Devlin leads the group with $153,403, followed by Maternal Health Coalition head Robyn Gabel at $116,047. Attorneys Jeff Smith and Eamon Kelly have raised $68,720. and $47,732, respectively, and former Evanston Ald. Ed Moran reports $12K.

For seats in the state Senate, the two-way race for the Democratic nomination in the 9th District shows the most money. Challenger Jim Madigan reports $125, 468 against incumbent Heather Steans' $245,403. Madigan shows a couple of $10K contributions, none higher; while Steans reports the bulk of her money from herself and her relatives. Close behind is the race in the 13th Senate district between incumbent Kwame Raoul and challenger Al Hofeld, Jr. Raoul reports $237,728, with no donors in the five-figures, while Hofeld's $103,227 comes largely from himself.

US Senate
In the US Senate race, Republican Mark Kirk has raised more than any other candidate, of any party, since the start of the year. He claims $230,826 on his 48-hour reports. Democrat Alexi Giannoulias claims $105,400 on his 48-hour forms, and David Hoffman lists $103,200 on his, while Jacob Meister loaned himself another $78K and Cheryl Jackson lists $21,750.

Andy Martin, again seeking nomination to the US Senate, this time in Illinois, today issued a press release touting a "whistle stop" tour of central Illinois. While the release claims the focus will be on high speed rail issues, the press release makes plain that it will also discuss his Senate campaign.

Late last year, Martin ran several radio spots attacking another Republican seeking the Senate nomination. The ads ran on several radio stations in the weeks before the Christmas holidays.

These expenditures come despite Martin's decision not to form a political committee to raise funds for his Senate bid. Yet each of these events must cost something, and whether he is paying for them out of his own pocket or soliciting help from others, federal law requires that he disclose the source and use of his campaign funds.

Andy Martin is not the only Senate candidate without a political committee. LeAlan Jones, the lone candidate for the Green Party nomination, also has not formed a committee.

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