By Emily Gray Brosious
Originally published at The Red Line Project
Sept. 2, 2014
Neither candidate has shelled out major bucks as of yet, but the 2014 Illinois comptroller’s race is expected to be a close one nonetheless.
“Simon’s going to make a strong run,” said Dick Simpson, UIC political science professor and former 44th Ward alderman. “Topinka is well-known, but Simon has a good political name, and she has support downstate as well as Chicago. It’s going to be close.”
Incumbent Judy Baar Topinka (R) has a bigger piggybank than her opponent, Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon (D), but Simon raised more during 2014 and spent at a greater rate, according to The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform’s Sunshine Project.
From April through June, Simon’s campaign reported spending more than $70,000 while Topinka’s paid out around $26,000.
According to campaign disclosure reports, Simon raised around $770,000 and spent nearly $383,000 from January through August 11.
The largest portion of Simon’s 2014 campaign contributions — about 42 percent — came from business and professional donors, according to The Sunshine Project. About 32 percent came from labor and 8 percent from party contributions.
Topinka started 2014 with more than $500,000 in campaign funds. She raised approximately $632,000 from January through July 29 and spent about $271,000, according to financial disclosure records.
The majority of Topinka’s funding during this time — approximately 62 percent — came from business and professional contributions. Labor and party contributions came in second and third, at approximately 26 percent and 8 percent of total contributions, according to The Sunshine Project.
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