Tom Kacich: Sources of funding for 13th District candidates

One of the issues that Rodney Davis and David Gill harped on during their one-hour debate in Normal last week was the source of each other's campaign funds.

Here, courtesy of the Federal Election Commission and OpenSecrets.org, is a breakdown of the funding for the three candidates in the race (including independent John Hartman) through Sept. 30.

Davis has raised $984,141 (even though he didn't enter the race until late May), Gill has raised $862,723, and Hartman has brought in $8,188. (Almost all of Hartman's money, $7,601, is from the candidate himself).

Gill has more individual contributions — $710,551 to Davis' $564,339. Davis has more political action committee contributions — $408,119 to Gill's $139,215. Davis also has more political party contributions than Gill — $11,370 to $7,600.

In terms of cash on hand on Sept. 30, Davis' campaign was more flush with $578,138 to $221,649 for Gill and $1,069 for Hartman.

Davis' top zip codes for contributions were: Taylorville (his hometown) with $46,972, followed by Springfield, Decatur, Edwardsville, Litchfield, Jacksonville, Forsyth and Champaign.

Gill's top zip codes were: Urbana with about $48,000 (two zip codes), followed by Champaign, Springfield, Bloomington and Chicago.

Champaign and Urbana together gave Gill $81,861 and $12,750 to Davis. Springfield favored Davis, $22,800 to $14,239. Bloomington-Normal slightly favored Davis, $12,750 to $11,794.

Gill received $46,059 out of Chicago while Davis got $37,050 there.

Ninety-five percent of Davis' contributions came from within Illinois, to 79 percent of Gill's.

In terms of affiliations, donors connected with McDonalds Corp. were Davis' biggest contributors, with a total of $24,375. Gill's foremost affiliation was University of Illinois employees, $22,487.

In terms of the business-labor-ideology PAC funding split, $148,700 of Davis' contributions were business-related, compared with $5,000 from labor and $98,000 characterized as ideological (including money from other congressional candidates). Gill's split was $4,500 business, $36,999 labor and $18,902 ideological.

And as of Friday, the FEC reported a total of $3.61 million of "independent" spending in the district -- that is, spending supposedly not coordinated with the Davis or Gill campaigns. OpenSecrets.org calculated that $1.81 million of the spending was opposed to Davis and $1.79 million was opposed to Gill. A much smaller amount was categorized as being in support of the candidates.

Local individual donors. U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson hasn't donated to the campaign of Davis, but a number of his staffers and former staffers have.

Chief of staff Mark Shelden gave Davis $250, as did Joan Dkystra, Johns's district director. Former Johnson staffer Jeremy Cirks gave $808.60.

Among other recent donors to Davis: former U.S. Sen. Peter Fitzgerald, now of McLean Va., $500; Flex-N-Gate President Shahid Khan (also the owner of the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars), $2,500; his wife, Ann Khan, $2,500; University of Illinois Trustees Edward McMillan, $1,000, and Karen Hasara, $500; Fox Development Corp. President Kim Fox, $500; Champaign County Recorder Barb Frasca, $500; Champaign County Board member Stephanie Holderfield, $250; Illinois Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno, $300;

Also, Niemann Foods CEO Richard Niemann Jr., $1,500; Schnuck Markets executive Craig Schnuck, $2,500; local McDonalds owner Dwight Miller, $700; Prairie Gardens owner Jeff Wandell, $1,00; former U.S. Attorney J. William Roberts of Springfield, $1,000; Champaign businessmen Dave Downey, $500, and George Shapland, $1,000 (both of whom also are on the News-Gazette board).

Among notable donors to Democrat David Gill: former Illinois Comptroller Dawn Clark Netsch, $500; former Urbana City Council member Esther Patt, $2,850; Urbana attorney Joseph Phebus, $750; former state Rep. Helen Satterthwaite of Urbana, $2,850; Champaign County Board member Astrid Berkson, $4,320; Urbana Alderman Brandon Bowersox-Johnson, $2,450; and an Encino, Calif., attorney named David Gill, $700.

Winston fundraiser. Former Champaign County Board Chairwoman Tricia Avery will host a fundraiser for D'Anne Winston, the Democratic candidate for Champaign County recorder, on Saturday. The event will be from noon to 2 p.m. at the Independent Media Center, 202 S. Broadway Ave., U. The suggested donation is $25.

Tom Kacich is a News-Gazette editor and columnist. His column appears on Sunday and Wednesdays. He can be reached at 351-5221 or at kacich@news-gazette.com.

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