Rauner's campaign flush with cash, if not contributors
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner's campaign committee has received just 47 individual contributions of more than $250 over the past year.
Meanwhile, his five Democrat challengers have received a total of 972 in just the past four months, according to an analysis of campaign finance reports by Local Government Information Services (LGIS).
Rauner's re-election campaign won't be wanting for cash-- one of the 47, for $50 million last December from himself, guarantees that. But if giving money is a sign of supporter enthusiasm, his campaign hasn't been cultivating much.
An analysis of campaign finance reports by Local Government Information Services (LGIS) shows Citizens for Rauner, Inc. reported 4, 7, 12, and 24 contributions over the past four quarters.
Rauner's largest "contributor" in the first quarter of 2017: the $5,035.01 in interest earned on the $50 million he contributed in December.
Kennedy for Illinois, backing Chicago Democrat Chris Kennedy, reported 632 contributions in its first report, covering the first quarter of 2017.
Biss for Illinois, backing Evanston Democrat State Sen. Daniel Biss, reported 160 contributions and Ameya Pawar for Governor, supporting the north side of Chicago alderman, reported 158.
Bob Daiber, the Edwardsville regional school superintendent and only non-Chicago area candidate in the Democrat gubernatorial primary, reported 21 contributions, nearly as many as the sitting governor himself.
Billionaire J.B. Pritzker reported one contribution to his exploratory campaign in the first quarter. He officially announced his candidacy on April 6.
Rauner's average: 12 contributions per quarter
All told, since his inauguration day in Jan. 2015, Rauner has personally given his campaign $57.75 million.
He's received 112 contributions of $250 or more for a total of $221,412 over the same period, an average of 12 contributions per quarter.
In contrast, sitting Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has received 722 contributions over the past three quarters, or 240 per quarter.
Over the past year, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has received 563 contributions or approximately 141 per quarter.
Citizens for Lisa Madigan, backing the incumbent attorney general who won't likely face a competitive challenge in 2018, has received 365 contributions over $250, or 91 per quarter.
Friends of Michael J. Madigan has received 432 contributions over the period, or 108 per quarter.
Friends of Susana Mendoza, which ran a competitive campaign for Comptroller last fall, received 759 contributions-- 144 in the first quarter of 2017.
2014 vs. 2018
Rauner's campaign once showed more interest in raising outside money from supporters.
It received 266 contributions in the first quarter of 2013 alone, more than twice what his campaign has received over the past nine quarters.
Then sitting Governor Pat Quinn received 168 contributions in the first quarter of 2013 and 373 total over the previous 12 months, 93 per quarter vs. Rauner's 12 over the similar period.
Perhaps Rauner's campaign is ready to get more aggressive on outside fundraising.
A statewide mailer last week to Republican voters asked for donations of between $250 and $2,000. The results will be known by the end of this campaign reporting period, on June 30.
Contributions of $250+, Last 12 months
LGIS analyzed selected campaign committees over the past four reported quarters. How many individual contributions did they receive of greater than $250?
|Citizens for Rauner||4||7||12||24||47|
|Kennedy for Illinois||N/A||N/A||N/A||632||632|
|Chicago for Rahm Emanuel||142||109||144||168||563|
|Biss for Illinois||N/A||N/A||N/A||160||160|
|Ameya Pawar for Governor||N/A||N/A||N/A||158||158|
|Friends for Susana Mendoza||116||253||246||144||759|
|Citizens for Lisa Madigan||114||116||46||89||365|
|Friends of Frerichs||115||77||52||55||299|
|Daiber for Governor||N/A||N/A||N/A||21||21|
|Sam McCann for Senate||10||31||22||20||83|
|Illinois Republican Party||47||24||28||16||115|
|Friends of Michael J. Madigan||79||104||240||9||432|
|Democratic Party of Illinois||20||308||333||7||668|
|JB for Governor||N/A||N/A||N/A||1||1|
|Scott Walker for Governor||260||350||112||N/A*||722|
Sources: Illinois State Board of Elections; Wisconsin Elections Commission
*Wisconsin reports semi-annually