Donations to Davis fell in 4th quarter of '13
He was still ahead of only Democrat to file FEC report
WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, who faces both primary and general election challenges this year, had his weakest fundraising quarter of the year at the end of 2013.
After raising between $454,000 and $302,000 during the other quarters in 2013, Davis' campaign brought in $285,000 in the period between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31.
Still, Davis is believed to have substantially more than his two GOP challengers, Erika Harold of Urbana and Michael Firsching of Moro. Neither had filed their fourth-quarter reports with the Federal Election Commission by Friday afternoon.
Among the three Democratic contenders in the 13th District, only former Judge Ann Callis of Edwardsville had filed a disclosure report Friday afternoon.
She reported raising less than Davis — $258,834 — and had about half the amount on hand that he had. Callis had $517,129 on hand on Dec. 31 compared with the just over $1 million that Davis reported.
The 13th District extends from Champaign-Urbana on the northeast to Edwardsville and Collinsville on the southwest. It includes Springfield, Decatur and parts of Bloomington-Normal.
The district is considered politically even, with Republican Mitt Romney collecting slightly more votes last year than President Obama.
For 2013, his reports showed, Davis raised $1.44 million and spent $402,431. Sixty-four percent of his campaign contributions came from political action committees, and nearly 30 percent were itemized individual contributions.
Davis' relatively poor fourth-quarter showing extended to his fundraising in the Champaign area, where he collected less than $1,000 in the period: $250 from Cecile Lebenson of Urbana, $200 from Dwight Miller of Champaign and Danny Carroll of Monticello, $150 from John Johnson of Champaign, and $125 from Gregory Crawford of Monticello.
Other individual donors to the Davis campaign in the fourth quarter included $1,000 from former U.S. Attorney William Roberts of Springfield, $500 from former U.S. Rep. Jerry Weller of Morris, and $150 from Springfield Mayor Mike Houston.
Among Davis' largest PAC donors in the quarter were $5,000 from the McKesson Corporation Employees Political Fund; $3,000 from the Making America Prosperous PAC, which supports Republican congressmen; and $2,500 from the American Crystal Sugar Co., the Associated General Contractors of America, Bank of America, Deere & Co., Free Markets PAC affiliated with Robert Pittenger (R-NC), Fund for American Opportunity affiliated with ex-Sen. Spencer Abraham, R-Mich; International Association Of Heat & Frost Insulators And Asbestos Workers, International Franchise Association Franchising, the National Restaurant Association, the Pioneer Political Action Committee, Caterpillar Inc., and the TRUST PAC affiliated with Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich).
Callis' fundraising for the quarter included $211,866 from individuals and $46,968 from political action committees.
Her largest PAC donors included: $10,000 from the PAC to the Future affiliated with former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi; $5,000 from the Amalgamated Transit Union, the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, Building Relationships in Diverse Geography affiliated with Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), EMILY's List, the International Association of Firefighters, Local 399 of the International Union of Operating Engineers in Chicago, Missourians for Accountability and Change affiliated with Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.); $4,500 from the New York Jobs PAC affiliated with Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.); $4,000 from Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.); $3,500 from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee; and $3,000 from the Progressive Choices PAC affiliated with Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Chicago).