CHICAGO - Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner announced Tuesday that his campaign raised more than $1 million from over 1,300 donations in the third fundraising quarter, far surpassing three other Republicans seeking the party's nomination in 2014 - State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, State Senator Bill Brady and State Senator Kirk Dillard.
“I am excited by the growing support for our efforts to shake up Springfield,” said Bruce Rauner. “Illinoisans understand that the career politicians have failed, and we need a fresh perspective to turn things around.”
Donors writing the maximum $5300 include GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt and another $5300 from Immelt's wife Andrea, numerous Kirkland & Ellis attorneys, Quincy's Harold Knapheide and Chicago's Ron Gidwitz.
Rauner reports that he participated in more than 150 campaign and community events since the beginning of the year and driven more than 20,000 Illinois miles meeting with voters from Freeport to Carbondale and just about everywhere in between.
“While raising money is important when going up against lifetime politicians and the government union bosses, I am committed to a comprehensive, grassroots campaign and personally meeting as many voters as possible,” Rauner said. “No one will out work me; the stakes are too high. We have to bring back Illinois.”