Candidates for 103rd report campaign donations

SPRINGFIELD — Republican Kristin Williamson is tops in fundraising among the three candidates for state representative in the 103rd House District, campaign disclosure reports show.

Williamson and Democrats Sam Rosenberg and Carol Ammons are seeking to replace retiring state Rep. Naomi Jakobsson, D-Urbana, in the House district that includes almost all of Champaign-Urbana.

While Williamson reported $16,307 in contributions during the last quarter of 2013, and had $15,285 on hand on Dec. 31, Rosenberg did almost as well during a much shorter period.

The 28-year-old Champaign attorney reported nearly $14,000 in campaign contributions during a six-week period. He had $11,916 on hand on Dec. 31.

Rosenberg, who is running for office for the first time and officially declared his candidacy on Nov. 18, reported raising $13,727 plus $3,403 in in-kind contributions. He had $1,810 in expenditures.

Williamson, 32, director of public relations for Benefit Planning Consultants in Champaign, reported $1,530 in in-kind contributions, and $4,022 in expenditures.

Ammons, an Urbana City Council member, reported $5,770 in contributions since Nov. 20, $1,784 in expenditures and had $7,613 on hand on Dec. 31. She also had $459 in in-kind contributions.

Ammons and Rosenberg are opponents in the March 18 Democratic primary. Williamson is the only Republican contender for the Jakobsson seat.

Most of Rosenberg's $6,230 in itemized individual contributions came from donors in the Chicago area, where he grew up and received his undergraduate education. Locally he received $300 from Nooshin Meisami of Champaign and $250 from Joseph and Carolyn Phebus of Urbana. He also got $1,000 contributions from both the East Central Illinois Building and Construction Trades of Champaign and Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 149 of Savoy.

Meanwhile, most of Wiliamson's $7,385 in itemized contributions were from East Central Illinois, including $500 each from Anna Wall Scott of Urbana, and Stuart King and John Edwards of Champaign. James Ayers of Monticello, a member of the Parkland College board, gave her campaign fund $600, as did Frederick Floreth, a Litchfield lawyer.

Williamson also received $1,000 each from state Rep. Chad Hays of Catlin and state Sen. Jason Barickman of Bloomington.

Ammons reported $2,750 in itemized contributions, all of it from Champaign-Urbana. Her largest donations were $500 each from Wayne Williams and Imani Bazzell, both of Champaign. Other contributors included Sundiata Cha-Jua of Champaign and Mark Enslin of Urbana, $300 each; Gene Vanderport and Todd Rusk, both of Urbana, $250 each; and Stephen Kaufman of Urbana, Artice James of Champaign and Michael Baldwin & Catherine Gray of Urbana, all $200.

Ammons also received $300 from the AFL-CIO of Champaign County.

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cjwinla wrote on January 16, 2014 at 8:01 am


So like are you on the Rosenberg campaign payroll or just a really big supporter ? I have never seen more inaccurate reporting since FOX news on election night 2008.


Rosenburg reported receipts in the period of $11,746. Not " nearly $14,000" ! A blatant misleading pretty much a lie statement. Now, when you take the $3,400 in kind contributons  the actual cash raised is $8,346. But your creative writing made it seem like $14k.

" The 28 year old attorney reported raising nearly $14k in a six week period" is an outright lie ! As Rosenberg's report clearly states "Total Receipts  $11,746" . It also very clearly says " Funds at beginning of period - $1,980"  now you added those two numbers to create your lie when in fact Total Receipts defines the amount raised in the period.

Fortunately most people know you are a biased reporter which is another reason the NG is losing readership every single day.   

Tom Kacich wrote on January 16, 2014 at 8:01 am
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Rosenberg created his campaign committee Nov. 18 with $1,980.43.

Then, from Nov. 18 to Dec. 31 he raised another $11,746.57.

That equals $13,727, or nearly $14,000.

Look at the lower lefthand column on the front page of the D-2. It lists his cash balance for the period as $13,727.

Also, in-kind contributions are in additon to regular campaign receipts, not subtracted from them.

Thank you for your remarks.

cjwinla wrote on January 16, 2014 at 10:01 am


Thank you for your explanation. Typically funds at the beginning of the period are from the previous period. Your comment that " The 28 year old attorney raised $14k in a six week period" is still not accuate reporting. Roenberg announced his candidacy on October 2013. He formed his committee n November18 2013. He raised the $1,980 prior to that date probably sometime between when he announced and when he formed the committee. Certainly not within the six week time period you assert.