Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn began the two-year campaign fundraising push toward re-election with more than $1 million in cash available. Campaign finance reports filed with the state this week showed Quinn raised nearly $300,000 during the last three months of 2012, including $50,000 donations in December from the pipe trades and the Teamsters. He also got $25,000 contributions from the United Auto Workers and the plumbers.
Quinn is well behind one potential Democratic primary challenger, Attorney General Lisa Madigan, who reported $3.6 million in campaign cash available at the start of the year after raising nearly $200,000 in the final quarter of 2012.
Another potential Democratic challenger, former White House chief of staff Bill Daley, had no campaign fund on file.
Among potential Republican candidates, state Treasurer Dan Rutherford reported $593,710 to start the year. State Sen. Bill Brady has $77,140. State Sen. Kirk Dillard's governor fund still shows debts of more than $360,000. State Sen. Matt Murphy has a campaign fund balance of $80,799, and Adam Andrzejewski reported $172 available and debts of nearly $987,000, all to himself.
U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock did not file a state campaign report. But his last federal campaign report showed he had nearly $2.2 million in his congressional campaign fund through Nov. 26. Generally, federal campaign funds can be used for a state contest.
Finally, Chicago businessman Bruce Rauner also did not file a state campaign report. ...More HERE