Pre-primary FEC reports show Davis leads all contenders

Pre-primary FEC reports show Davis leads all contenders

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis outraised each of his real and potential election opponents by at least 3-to-1 in the first eight weeks of the year, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Davis, a freshman Republican from Taylorville, raised more than $328,332 in the period from Jan. 1 to Feb. 26, according to the pre-primary election report the Davis campaign filed with the FEC. Most of the money raised — $243,317 — was in individual contributions. Another $85,015 came from political action committees.

Since the beginning of the current election cycle on Jan. 1, 2013, Davis has raised more than $1.7 million. As of Feb. 26, he had more than $1.1 million on hand.

His next closest competitor, in terms of fundraising, is Democrat Ann Callis of Edwardsville. She raised $101,796 in the first eight weeks of 2014, including about $84,000 in individual donations and $17,000 from PACs.

Since she formed her campaign committee on April 1, 2013, Callis has raised $827,579, about 60 percent of which has come from individuals. She had almost $450,000 on hand on Feb. 26.

In third place for fundraising is George Gollin of Champaign, a Democrat and a physics professor at the University of Illinois. Gollin raised $76,356 between Jan. 1 and Feb. 26, all of which came from individuals. He also spent $114,652 in the period. He had $227,112 on hand Feb. 26 for the remainder of the campaign.

Gollin has raised $312,652 since Feb. 15, 2013, but $165,000 of that sum is in personal loans.

Urbana attorney Erika Harold, a Republican who is challenging Davis, is in fourth place in fundraising among the six candidates in the 13th Congressional District. She raised $60,323 between Jan. 1 and Feb. 26, all but $2,500 of which came from individuals.

Since Harold formed her campaign committee last May 31, she has raised $249,504. She has spent only $112,955, leaving her with $137,187 for the last month of the primary election campaign.

The other two candidates in the 13th District this spring — Democrat David Green of Champaign and Republican Michael Firsching of Moro — have not filed disclosure reports with the FEC.

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Sid Saltfork wrote on March 08, 2014 at 12:03 pm

Money talks, and ....................