Bill Enyart, the Democratic nominee for the 12th U.S. House District seat, raised nearly $210,000 less than GOP nominee Jason Plummer, but Enyart still handily prevailed in the Nov. 6 election, Federal Election Commission records show.
Enyart's successful campaign raised $855,114 as of Tuesday, including $296,606 from political action committees, or PACs, and $473,443 from individual donors.
Plummer, a Fairview Heights real estate developer, raised $1,064,524, with $422,960 from PACs, and $569,216 from individual donors.
Green Party candidate Paula Bradshaw, a Carbondale emergency room nurse, raised $7,733 in individual donations, FEC records show.
These numbers are still preliminary, with final fundraising figures due in early January.
The fundraising totals are in addition to the nearly $7.5 million altogether spent by outside charitable groups and superPACs to defeat or support Enyart and Plummer.
Under the U.S. Supreme Courts Citizens United decision, certain charities, super PACs and other outside money groups may give unlimited amounts of money to support or defeat a federal political candidate as long as these groups dont coordinate with the candidates campaign.
Enyart, a Belleville lawyer and retired adjutant general of the Illinois National Guard, won the election by near 9-percentage points to replace U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello, D-Belleville, who steps down in January after 24 years.
The 12th District encompasses 12 counties, and runs from Alton in Madison County to Cairo, in Alexander County, in the state's southernmost tip.
In the race for the 13th House District, which touches 14 central Illinois counties from Madison County to Champaign County, winner Rodney Daivs, R-Taylorville, raised $1,112,509 versus the $1,051,906 raised by runner-up Dr. David Gill, the Bloomington Democrat who lost by fewer than 1,300 votes.
Independent candidate John Hartman, of Edwardsville, raised $8,790, FEC records show.
Outside groups spent about $6.9 million combined either to support or defeat Davis and Gill, FEC records show.
Davis, Gill and Hartman had vied to replace U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Champaign, who retires in January after 11 years in office.