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State Democrats hold huge fundraising lead over GOP in Statehouse races, campaign finance watchdog reports
Not surprisingly, the Democratic Party of Illinois has the deepest pockets during this round of legislative campaigns, more than doubling what the Illinois Republican Party has invested in trying to win control of the Statehouse.
That’s the main finding in a new analysis released Wednesday by the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, a government watchdog group.
The state Democratic Party, which is controlled by Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan (D-Chicago), has given $4.9 million to legislative candidates since July 1.
No. 2 on the group’s list is the state GOP, which has contributed $2.2 million during the period.
Third on the list is the Senate Democratic Victory Fund, the committee run by Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) and devoted to electing Senate Democrats. It has given $2 million this campaign cycle.
The GOP counterpart to the Cullerton fund, the Republican State Senate Campaign Committee, was fourth on the ICPR list of givers, providing $1.2 million – an amount demonstrating the financial disadvantage the Senate GOP faces against Cullerton’s fundraising operation.
And fifth is the Illinois Education Association, which has donated $1 million during the cycle.
A complete list of the top 20 donors can be found on the watchdog group’s website.