Enyart, Davis easily beat rivals in campaign fundraising

News-DemocratJuly 16, 2014 

When it comes to campaign fundraising, freshmen incumbent U.S. House members Bill Enyart, D-Belleville, and Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, beat their rivals in the November general election by a nearly 2-to-1 margin, the latest Federal Election Commission figures for the 2013-2014 election cycle show.

Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, easily outraised Republican challenger James "Jim" Oberweis by a margin of more than 3-to-1, the FEC figures show for the period ending June 30. The deadline for filing the reports was late on Tuesday.

Enyart has raised nearly $1.247 million, with $533,089 coming from individual donors and nearly $699,000 coming from political action committees, or PACs.

State Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, reported raising $636,564, with almost $391,000 coming from individual donors and $240,451 coming from political action committees, the FEC filings show.

Laura Taylor, an Enyart spokeswoman, said the fact that Enyart has raised more money than Bost shows that "at the end of the day it's important to know where your voters are standing."

Ron Deedrick, a Bost spokesman, said the most recent FEC campaign reports showed that Bost raised $30,000 more than Enyart in the form of individual donations during the second quarter of 2014.

While Enyart has raised more from individuals during the 2013-14 election cycle, Bost has been running for less time, having announced his candidacy in July 2013.

"It just shows Mike has Southern Illinois support, and he's gaining ground in the metro-east," Deedrick said.

Davis reported raising $2.6 million, with more than $1 million coming from individual donors and $1.5 million from PACs.

Davis issued a statement in which he stated that "We're proud of the support our campaign has received from across the 13th District this cycle."

His Democratic challenger, Ann Callis, the former Madison County chief judge, raised $1.3 million, with more than $1 million from individual donors and $303,692 from PACs, the FEC figures show.

Marshall Cohen, a Callis campaign spokesman, said Callis' campaign fundraising totals show really strong grassroots voter support for the former judge.

"I just think it shows we're running a successful campaign," Cohen said.

U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, reported raising nearly $1.6 million, including $226,776 in individual donatoins and $1.3 million in PAC donations.

Democratic challenger Eric Lee Thorsland, of Mahomet, reported raising $8,291, with $235 coming from individual donations, and $6,211 coming from unspecified "other" donations.

Meanwhile, Durbin reported raising $5.3 million, which included more than $4 million from individual donors and $1.2 million from politically affiliated groups.

Oberweis, the GOP challenger, raised $1,434 million, a figure that includes $402,000 from individual contributors and a $1 million loan from himself to his campaign.

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