Davis has money lead in 13th
WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, who already had a substantial fundraising lead over both his Republican and Democratic challengers in Illinois' 13th Congressional District, has added to his advantage in the last week.
Davis, a freshman Republican from Taylorville, has picked up $22,700 in campaign contributions in the last week, Federal Election Commission reports show.
Only one of his challengers, Champaign Democrat George Gollin, has received as much as $4,600 during the period.
FEC rules require candidates to report all contributions of $1,000 or more made within 20 days of an election. Illinois' primary election is March 18.
In addition to Davis and Gollin, the only other 13th District candidates to report contributions in the last week were Edwardsville Democrat Ann Callis with $1,600, and Urbana Republican Erika Harold with $1,000.
Champaign Democrat David Green and Moro Republican Michael Firsching have not reported any campaign contributions to the FEC.
Davis had $1.061 million in his campaign fund on Dec. 31, 2013. Contributions received between that date and Feb. 28 don't have to be publicly disclosed to the FEC until April. But the $1,000-plus donations received since Feb. 28 include $2,600 each from John Morris, a Robinson businessman, and George Weber IV, a Columbia, Ill. automobile dealer; $2,500 from the RockTenn political action committee; $2,000 each from the Independent Insurance Agents PAC and the fund of Rep. Bob Gibbs, R-Ohio; and $1,500 each from the National Rifle Association and the Ax PAC, affiliated with Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis.
Harold, who is challenging Davis in the Republican primary, received $1,000 from Black America's PAC, described as a conservative Republican organization. She had reported about $122,000 on hand on Dec. 31.
Gollin's donors include Michael Doyle of Glen Ellyn, $2,600, and Mark Greenberg of Naperville and Fred Fenster of Beverly Hills, Calif., each $1,000. Gollin's cash on hand on Dec. 31 was $265,408.
Callis reported a $1,600 contribution from Todd A. Smith, a Chicago attorney. She had reported $517,129 on hand on Dec. 31.