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Lisa Madigan posts big fundraising surge, widens lead over Quinn
SPRINGFIELD-Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s huge fundraising lead over her potential 2014 gubernatorial rival, Gov. Pat Quinn, grew even bigger after she reported raising more than $750,000 in new campaign contributions.
The newly disclosed, massive influx of $751,815 adds to the $3.6 million Madigan reported having in the bank at the end of 2012 and widens her fundraising edge over the incumbent Democratic governor.
“I set a goal for my campaign to raise the same amount this quarter as we did for the whole of last year,” the attorney general said in a prepared statement. “We met that goal with room to spare.”
Quinn ended last year with $1.06 million in his political fund and last week reported raising more than $550,000 since then — not enough, as it turns out, to keep pace with the attorney general’s fundraising juggernaut.
The three-term attorney general, first elected in 2002, has not shown her hand on her 2014 intentions.
But her silence about running for governor has kept alive the possibility she may challenge Quinn, who suffers from job-approval ratings in which roughly only one in four Illinois voters back his performance in office.
“I’m still in the process of considering how best I can continue to serve the public. In the meantime, I’m taking steps to ensure that I have the financial and political resources for another campaign,” Madigan said. “I’m grateful for the support and encouragement I’ve received this past quarter.”
Madigan’s showing was buoyed by big money from trade unions, including $52,600 contributions each from the Engineers Political Education Committee and the United Association Political Action Fund, state campaign records showed.
The Laborers’ Political League Education Fund chipped in another $50,000 in cash to Madigan.
Missing from her campaign ledger in the latest filings, which she reported to the State Board of Elections last Friday with no notice, was money from a key public-sector union waging battle with her father, House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago), and Quinn on pension reform.
AFSCME Council 31 didn’t contribute to her in the latest batch of filings.
However, she did report getting $25,000 in contributions from the Illinois Federation of Teachers and $10,600 from the Illinois Education Association, teachers unions whose members also have a direct stake in the outcome of legislative efforts to reel in retirement benefits to solve the state’s $96 billion pension crisis.