Frerichs' money tops Cross' fund 2-to-1

Frerichs' money tops Cross' fund 2-to-1

SPRINGFIELD — Champaign Democrat Mike Frerichs holds a more than 2-to-1 fundraising lead over his opponent for state treasurer, although Republican Tom Cross outraised Frerichs in the recently completed quarter.

Reports filed with the Illinois State Board of Elections show that Frerichs, currently a state senator whose district includes most of Champaign and Vermilion counties, had $1.3 million on hand on June 30. His Republican opponent, Tom Cross of Oswego, reported $510,000 in his campaign fund. But Cross raised $555,915 in the three-month period from April 1 to June 30. Frerichs raised $286,078 during that time.

Frerichs has more cash on hand than both treasurer candidates had four years ago, while Cross has significantly less. Current Treasurer Dan Rutherford and his Democratic opponent, Alexi Giannoulias, both had a little more than $1 million in their campaign funds on June 30, 2010.

Cross' biggest contributor in the past quarter was the 18th District Republican Central Committee fund in Peoria, whose chief funder is Rep. Aaron Schock's Victory Fund, based in Athens, Ga. It gave the Cross campaign $25,000.

Frerichs' biggest contributor in the period was the UAW Illinois PAC in Lincolnshire, which gave his campaign fund $15,000.

Cross got one individual campaign contribution from Frerichs' legislative district, $500 from William Peifer of Champaign.

Frerichs, meanwhile, got $8,950 from 18 individual donors in his district, including $1,000 contributions from both Melody Gaming LLC in Champaign and Danville businessman Lou Mervis. Frerichs also received $10,000 from Plumber and Pipefitters Local 149 in Savoy, $1,000 from the Champaign County AFL-CIO and $500 from Laborers Local 703 in Urbana.

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BlahBlahBlah2013 wrote on July 17, 2014 at 3:07 pm

Hard to believe Health Alliance isn't a contributor. Probably a rule against it. Frerichs all but kisses their butt and politicians only do that if there's something in it for them.

Tom Kacich wrote on July 17, 2014 at 3:07 pm
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Health Alliance was pretty quiet in the last quarter with just three contributions: $500 to Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, and Rep. Dan Brady, R- Bloomington; and $300 to Sen. Bill Haine, D-Alton.