As we noted earlier, yesterday marked the deadline for state
political candidates to disclose how much money they raised during the
second half of 2009. We rifled through these D-2 reports and compiled the most recent snapshot of the Democratic primary races.
The four right-hand columns on the graph below show each candidate's
finances through December 2009, including cash-on-hand, individual
contributions, loans, and transfers. The latter refers to the amount of
money each candidate passed between his or her current campaign
committee and the campaign committees they've established for other
elected offices. The first column you see on the left tallies up the
candidates' A-1 filings (which disclose contributions over $500) so far
in January. Check it out (you can view the full spreadsheet here):
A few things of note:
- In the governor's race, Gov. Pat Quinn outraised Dan Hynes during
the second half of 2009 and appears to be doing the same here in
January. (He received over $1 million
from the Service Employees International Union, whose Illinois State
Council sponsors this website.) But Hynes' initial cash-on-hand
advantage is holding and he has rougly $1 million more to spend during
the week-and-a-half leading up to primary day.
- Toni Preckwinkle boasts a substantial cash-on-hand lead over her
Cook County opponents. She also appears to have raised the most money
this month. Todd Stroger, meanwhile, raised only $52,000 during the
second half of 2009; though he did receive a $100,000 contribution
from former State Senate President Emil Jones. The Chicago Current's
Alex Parker takes a closer look at some of the contributions received
by Preckwinkle and fellow board president candidates Dorothy Brown and Terrence O'Brien.
- Finally, Scott Lee Cohen must really want to serve as Lt. Governor. In just the past three weeks, he's tossed over $500,000 of his own money into the race.
UPDATE (1/25): We've added a new column to the spreadsheet above featuring the totals from the A-1 disclosures filed between January 21 and January 24.