After failing to get the gay marriage bill (SB10) through the Illinois House in June, Equality Illinois vowed to raise $500,000 to renew the fight this fall. Half of the money was to be earmarked for a "re-education campaign" while the other $250,000 was to fund re-election challenges to lawmakers who would have voted "no" on gay marriage, and to protect those that were planning to vote "yes".
But as David Ormsby reports, despite all the "rhetorical swagger" and "political chest thumping," the organization has fallen far short of its political fundraising goal -- raising only $25,421 in the third quarter.
Of the $25,421 raised, they contributed $21,000 to four lawmakers: State Rep. Mike Smiddy (D-Hillsdale) and State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) each got $5,000 and State Rep. Ron Sandack (R-Downers Grove) and State Rep. Ed Sullivan (R-Mundelein) received $5,750 and $5,250 respectively.
As a result, as of September 30th Equality Illinois' PAC had just $5,247.19 in the bank.