Davis far ahead of all 5 rivals financially

Davis far ahead of all 5 rivals financially

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis heads into Election Day with a huge fundraising advantage over all five of his congressional opponents in the last 20 days of the primary campaign.

The freshman congressman from Taylorville has raised $128,550 in itemized contributions of $1,000 or more since Feb. 28, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

His nearest foe financially, Democrat Ann Callis, has raised $22,200 in the same period. Another Democrat, University of Illinois physics Professor George Gollin, has raised $8,200.

Davis' chief Republican contender in today's GOP primary, Erika Harold of Urbana, has raised $4,600 in the period. Two other contenders in the 13th Congressional District race — Republican Michael Firsching of Moro and Democrat David Green of Champaign — have not filed disclosure reports with the FEC and presumably have raised less than $5,000.

Congressional candidates are required to disclose all campaign contributions of $1,000 or more within 48 hours of receipt in the last 20 days before election.

Davis' contributions demonstrate the advantages of incumbency. Among his donors are dozens of major political action committees, including those with interests before his Agriculture and Transportation committees in Congress:

— $5,000 from Archer Daniels Midland in Decatur.

— $2,500 from the Deere and Co. PAC, Tyson Foods, CHS Inc. and the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives.

— $2,000 from the Great Lakes Sugarbeet Growers PAC.

— $1,000 from the Croplife America PAC, the Rain and Hail Insurance Society PAC, the American Association of Crop Insurers PAC, the National Association of Wheat Growers PAC, the American Veterinary Medical Association PAC and the Taco Bell PAC representing franchisees.

Davis' campaign committee also received $5,000 from the National Association of Convenience Stores; $4,000 from NATSO, a truck stop lobbying group; $2,500 from the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers; $2,000 from Safari Club International, a group that promotes hunting worldwide; $1,500 from the National Rifle Association PAC; and $1,000 each from the Netjets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots, the Transportation Intermediaries Association PAC and the Transportation Trades Department of the AFL-CIO.

Callis' contributors included: $5,000 from the Letter Carriers PAC; $3,500 from the United Autoworkers PAC; $2,000 from the Solidarity PAC affiliated with Rep. George Miller, D-Calif.; and $1,000 from Dr. John Peterson of Urbana and the Boilermakers PAC.

Among Gollin's donations were $2,600 from biologist Michael Doyle of Glen Ellyn and Daniel Gale of Pueblo, Colo., and $1,000 from UCLA physicist Robert Cousins.

Harold's largest recent contribution was $2,600 from Whitney Hendrie of Champaign.

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