Goetten reports $26,000 in contributions
Democratic congressional candidate Matt Goetten reported $26,000 in campaign contributions on Monday, the day before the primary election.
The final day bonanza is about 40 percent of what Goetten received in the two months between Jan. 1 and Feb. 29, the last Federal Election Commission reporting period.
Goetten's campaign reported Monday that he received six separate $1,000 contributions from partners in two prominent St. Louis area law firms. He got $1,000 from Ben Allen, of counsel in the Lakin Chapman law firm, of which former state representative and onetime Democratic congressional candidate Jay Hoffman is a member.
He also got five $1,000 contributions form Michael Angelides, John Barnerd, Perry Browder, Ted Gianaris and John D. Simmons, all members of the Simmons law firm that specializes in asbestos litigation.
Goetten also got $5,000 from Building Relationships in Diverse Geographical Environments, the political action committee of U.S. Rep. James Clyburn, D-South Carolina, an assistant Democratic leader in the House. He got another $1,000 donation from the We The People PAC, which is affiliated with Rep. Allyson Schwartz, D-Pa., and $2,500 from the Solidariry PAC of U.S. Rep. George Miller, D-Calif.
Goetten also reported $1,500 from the Jobs, Opportunities and Education PAC affiliated with Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y.
Finally, he got $5,000 from the Machinists union political league and $5,000 from a United Steel Workers local in New York.
Monday's listed contributions are the latest in a strong of donations from Democratic congressmen and their PACs in the closing weeks of the primary campaign. Goetten also got $10,000 from the New Democratic Coalition PAC of various Democratic congressmen; $5,000 from the New York Jobs PAC affiliated with Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., who also is head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee; and $1,000 from a PAC affiliated with Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Evanston. Goetten also has been endorsed and given campaign financial aid from U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin.
"Our focus is just continuing to talk and reach out to voters throughout the district," said Vlad Gutman, a spokesman for Goetten. The candidate was in Springfield, Champaign and Decatur Monday and plans to take another excursion through it on Tuesday, he said.
Gill's last campaign contribution was reported on Saturday — a $1,000 donation from Julie Cutler of Chicago.
Gill spokesman Michael Richards said the last-minute contributions are a sign that Goetten's supporters are concerned.
"Clearly if money is getting scratched up for a last-minute ad buy it's a sign that the Goetten campaign is getting desperate that his message isn't getting out," said Richards.