WASHINGTON — Retiring U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Urbana, already has refunded more than $100,000 in contributions to donors who gave to his campaign before he announced his retirement plans in April.
Johnson still has $293,916 in his campaign account.
Johnson gave refunds both to individuals and political action committees. Among the PAC refunds were $5,000 to the (automobile) Dealers Election Action Committee, the Engineers Political Education Committee, the Midwest Region Laborers' Political League and the campaign committees of a number of Republican congressmen including John Shimkus and Peter Roskam of Illinois, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia and of Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas. Johnson also refunded $2,000 to the Friends of John Boehner, a political committee of House Speaker John Boehner.
Nearly 100 individuals also received refunds of between $10 and $2,500 from the Johnson campaign.
"We refunded people who gave for the general election. And some requests were made, not many, but we had some people who wanted their money back," said Johnson's chief of staff Mark Shelden. "Now we're just going to figure out what to do with what is left. We know we're going to give out substantial amounts to area candidates. We're crafting a plan."
Meanwhile, Matt Goetten, the Greene County state's attorney who narrowly lost to David Gill in the 13th Congressional District Democratic primary in March, raised $4,950 between April 1 and June 30, according to a Federal Election Commission report. Combined with $47,279 in expenditures, Goetten's campaign fund is down to $1,769.
Goetten continues to list a $50,000 personal loan to the campaign committee as a debt.