Incumbents Enyart, Davis, Shimkus hold big fundraising edge

News-DemocratFebruary 3, 2014 

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, continued to enjoy a wide fundraising edge over the GOP and Democratic candidates running in the March 18 primary election for the 13th U.S. House District, the latest Federal Election Commission figures show.

Davis raised more than $285,000 in the last quarter of 2013 and has $1,061,000 on hand, according to the FEC quarterly records, the deadline for which was Friday.

Davis's fundraising lead is significant because it shows his supporters realize that in his first year in Washington, D.C. he's "made commitments to do some things, and I'm well on my way to fulfilling those commitments," said Davis, noting his role last month in helping pass a five-year Farm Bill out of the U.S. House.

Davis' fundraising totals compare to GOP challenger Erika Harold, an Urbana lawyer, who raised $64,000 and has nearly $122,000 on hand. Moro veterinarian Michael Firsching, the other GOP challenger, did not file a finance report.

Davis, elected in 2012 to the 13th House seat, which covers parts of Madison County, is seeking a second term in one of the most competitive districts nationwide.

Davis won the 13th District, which cuts through 14 central Illinois counties, by less than 0.1 percentage point.

Among Democrats in the 13th House race, former Madison County Chief Judge Ann Callis raised almost $259,000 and has $517,129 on hand.

Callis took an upbeat view of the funding disparity between her campaign and the Davis campaign, noting in an email that "We finished 2013 with our best quarter of the year, nearly matching Congressman Davis in fundraising while having many more individual donors."

Callis wrote that her message "is resonating because I will bring a different approach to Washington that focuses on solving problems, and puts results ahead of political games."

Physics professor George Gollin raised about $101,000 and has $265,000 on hand.

Gollin said in an email he's confident his campaign has the resources to beat Callis in the upcoming primary contest.

"We are carefully managing our resources and will continue to run a strong grassroots campaign through March 18th," Gollin wrote.

In the 12th House District, U.S. Rep. Bill Enyart, D-Belleville, who is running unopposed in the Democratic primary, raised $182,000 and had more than $409,000 on hand.

Meanwhile, state Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, the lone GOP candidate in the race, raised $62,000 and has $44,000 on hand, according to the FEC figures.

In the 15th House District race, U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, reported raising $173,485 and having $1,029,000 on hand.

Eric Lee Thorsland, of Mahomet, the lone Democrat in the 15th House primary, raised $4,137 and has $2,982 on hand, according to the FEC figures.

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