Davis raises more cash than three challengers for 2014

News-DemocratJuly 15, 2013 

None of the three challengers hoping to unseat U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis have raised as much money as the freshman Republican so far in Illinois' 13th District.

The deadline for filing fundraising reports with the Federal Election Commission was Monday. Reports for incumbents and candidates in the 12th and 15th Districts were not immediately available.

Davis, R-Taylorville, reported raising $454,812 in the second quarter of 2013 alone, and $910,240 for the full election cycle. Of that, nearly half has come from political action committees.

After expenditures, that gives Davis $702,855 in cash on hand to fend off two challengers for the Republican primary next year and a Democrat challenger for the general election in 2014.

The lone Democratic candidate, Ann Callis, former chief judge of the Madison County Circuit Court, has raised $226,076 in her first quarter of fundraising since announcing her candidacy -- about half of Davis' take. Approximately $31,700 has come from political action committees, and the rest from individual donations. She has about $211,288 cash on hand.

Callis pointed out that nearly 75 percent of her contributors were small donors of $50 or less.

"Every day I meet people who appreciate a common-sense, practical approach to the issues we face," Callis said. "I'm grateful to receive the support of so many who agree with me that Washington is broken and have joined our campaign to reform Congress."

Davis so far will face two challengers in the Republican primary next spring. Erika Harold is an attorney at the Meyer Capel law firm in Champaign and a graduate of Harvard Law School. Since announcing her candidacy, Harold, a former Miss America, has raised $78,285, none of it from political action committees. She has approximately $62,261 on hand.

Harold, 33, was a chancellor's scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before she was accepted to Harvard Law. She has stated that she pursued the Miss America title for the scholarship to pay for Harvard.

Jose Ruiz, a Republican from Crest Hill, has filed a statement of candidacy to challenge Davis as well. However, he has not yet reported fundraising.

Federal election laws state that candidates do not need to file report if they have raised less than $50,000.

In the 12th District, statements from U.S. Rep. Bill Enyart's campaign were not immediately available. The freshman Democrat from Belleville said Monday he intends to run for a second term. As of the previous quarter, he had raised $192,304 for his 2014 campaign, including $11,155 from political action committees, according to the FEC website.

State Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, has stated he is considering running against Enyart. Bost, a former Marine and business owner, made national news last year when he threw a stack of papers into the air on the floor of the state House while debating the power of House Speaker Michael Madigan.

Bost has filed a statement of organization for his committee, but has not yet reported any fundraising.

Another Republican, O'Fallon veteran and former sports journalist Doug Bucshon, also has announced his intention to run in the 12th District. There was no report on file for Bucshon on Monday.

A report for U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, in the 15th District was not immediately available. As of earlier filings, he had raised $203,224 for this election cycle, with $168,985 coming from political action committees.

The major party primaries are scheduled for March 18, with the general election on Nov. 4, 2014.

Contact reporter Elizabeth Donald at edonald@bnd.com or 239-2507.

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