Davis' campaign fund grows in 3rd quarter

Davis' campaign fund grows in 3rd quarter

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis is well-fortified for the election challenge facing him next year.

Davis, the Taylorville Republican whose 13th Congressional District includes Champaign-Urbana, has more than $1 million in his campaign fund more than a year before the next general election, campaign disclosure reports show.

The $1,022,279 Davis reported in his campaign fund on Sept. 30 is substantially more than the $870,970 he had in his Rodney for Congress reserve two years ago.

Four Democrats are running for the opportunity to challenge Davis in November 2018.

Their combined cash on hand, though, isn't half of what Davis has in the bank.

Dr. David Gill of Bloomington, who ran against Davis in 2012, has the least on hand: $4,409.

Jonathan Ebel, an associate professor in the Department of Religion at the University of Illinois, reported $75,507 available.

Betsy Londrigan of Springfield had $128,811 available on Sept. 30.

And Erik Jones of Edwardsville, a former Illinois assistant attorney general, reported $194,613 in his fund on Sept. 30.

During the third quarter of fundraising (July 1 to Sept. 30), Davis raised $385,636. Of that amount, most ($235,808) came from political action committees. The rest — $149,827 — came from contributions for individuals.

Jones raised the most of the Democratic challengers during the quarter: $221,354. All of it was from individual donors, including a host of attorneys and other professional from across the United States, such as $2,000 from John D. "Jay" Rockefeller IV of Washington, the former U.S. senator from West Virginia.

Londrigan ranked second in funds raised among the Democratic contenders, with $182,026. Among her donors were Ann Callis of Troy, who ran and lost against Davis in 2014 and gave $1,000; Loretta Durbin, the wife of Sen. Dick Durbin, who also gave $1,000; Bill Houlihan of Springfield, a top aide to Sen. Durbin, who gave $250; and Dan Hynes, the former Illinois state comptroller, who also gave $250.

Ebel, the last candidate to enter the race, raised $96,797 during the quarter, including a number of contributions from professors at the UI and other universities.

Gill, the first candidate to enter the race, raised $23,448 during the quarter, the least among all the Democratic contenders.

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Bulldogmojo wrote on October 16, 2017 at 11:10 am


Ol' Rodney "Something needs to be done about this" (gun violence just near him) Davis.

This charlatan had dodged every town hall, has stood with the NRA in weakening our nations gun laws, stood with Trump on destroying healthcare, didn't lift a finger to make sure the CHIP healthcare program for kids was renewed and has generally been bought and paid for by the wealthy who could care less what working people go through in this state. You know, the billionaires who threatened to leave if the state tax went up but are still here exploiting everyone. 

His campaign war chest won't buy my vote.

CallSaul wrote on October 16, 2017 at 4:10 pm

Mine either. 

Davis is afraid to meet with the peolpe whose votes he's asking for because he knows that we reject his sucking up to Trump --- after initially opposing him, remember --- and his attempt to steal our healthcare to fund tax cuts for his rich bosses.

Now he's completely on board to raise taxes on the middle class to fund even more tax giveaways to his obscenely wealthy employers. 

If this is such a safe district for the Party of Trump, why is the goper candidate running away from the voters...?

It looks like someone knows he's vulnerable and he's running scared...

cjw61822@hotmail.com wrote on October 16, 2017 at 1:10 pm



You out there?  Sounds like you need to do a bake sale or something for your candidates.

STM wrote on October 16, 2017 at 5:10 pm

A bake sale is not a sign of failure and is at least more noble than selling out to big donors.  Money (as a protected form of speech) has wrecked our political process. We no longer need to be worried about corporations and billionaires having undue influence.  We now have foreign governments jumping whole-hog into our elections and you can see where that's getting us.

Shaming a candidate for lacking money is just being a spiteful. Just because some national political figures are thin-skinned trolls who tweet hate and vitriole, doesn't mean we all have to sink to this abysmal level.

stanmein wrote on October 20, 2017 at 3:10 pm

Hear, hear. 

Pointblank wrote on October 17, 2017 at 5:10 am
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I'd like to see a list of these "political action committees" Davis is beholden to.

PSL wrote on October 17, 2017 at 6:10 am

Being a career politician is a good gig. I wish somebody would give me a million bucks for never doing my job.

CptJustice wrote on October 17, 2017 at 9:10 am
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Davis is a bought politician. This bribing with campaign contributions is a shame.

Lostinspace wrote on October 17, 2017 at 11:10 am

Help Rodney out.  Since he is a mouthpiece for DJT, he needs to point out the good things the president has accomplished (attacking other Republicans doesn't count).  Give the man some help in this difficult task.