Updated: Davis has 2-to-1 funding lead on Callis
WASHINGTON — Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, has a 2-to-1 fundraising lead on his Democratic opponent so far in this election cycle.
Davis has raised $2.111 million in the election cycle thus far while Callis has brought in $1.01 million since becoming a candidate. Davis reported $951,903 in his campaign fund on March 31 while Callis reported $513,897.
Callis' campaign said the former Madison County judge raised more than $290,000 in the first quarter. But Davis raised nearly $614,000 in the same period, according to his FEC report. Davis' first quarter money included about $327,000 from individuals but more than $530,000 from committees, such as political action committees and the campaign funds of other Republican lawmakers.
Among recent major donors to Davis' campaign were $5,000 each from the American Medical Association, Archer Daniels Midland, Monsanto, and the National Association of Convenience Stores; $4,550 from Genesee & Wyoming Inc., a short-line railroad company; $4,000 from Exelon; $3,500 from the Air Line Pilots Association, and $3,000 from General Motors and AT&T.
Callis reported that more than 3,600 donors had contributed to her campaign fund since the start of 2014, and that more than 85 percent of her donations were of $50 or less.
"Our campaign continues to grow and I am honored by the support we've been able to receive. It has become more and more clear that families in Illinois want a representative who will focus on serving them instead of playing political games," Callis said. "Just last week we saw that Congressman Davis will prioritize the special interests and corporations over seniors, students and middle-class families by voting for the Republican budget.
"I will go to Congress and bring people together to get results like raising the minimum wage, renewing long-term unemployment benefits and passing the Paycheck Fairness Act to ensure women get equal pay for equal work."
Both Callis and Davis won three-way primary election races in their respective parties last month, each unofficially getting 54.6 percent of the vote.