(Chicago, IL) – January 20, 2010. In the money race to succeed State Rep. John Fritchey for his House seat on Chicago’s north side, former assistant attorney general Ann Williams has out-raised opponents and fellow attorneys Dan Farley and Ed Mullen.
According to campaign finance statements filed with the Illinois State Board of Elections, Williams hauled in $90,766 over the last six months, Farley pulled in $80,370—of which $45,000 is family loans, and Mullen brought in just $31,593.
Additionally, Williams, who today was endorsed by the Chicago Tribune, has the most cash-on-hand with $43,586; Farley has $18,868; and Mullen only $9,343.
By demonstrating real fund-raising muscle, Williams, a former staff member to both House Speaker Michael Madigan and Attorney General Lisa Madigan, clearly will go the distance in this race, and she can credibly claim the front-runner status.
Here is how the candidates’ money breaks-out:
- $90,766—Total raised
- $56,068—Individual contributions
- $29,350—PAC or political committee contributions
- $5,348—Loans from Williams to her campaign
- $43,586—Cash on hand
State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago) is William’s largest contributor, dropping in $6,600.
- $80,370–Total raised
- $26,695—Individual contributions
- $8,675—PAC or political committee contributions
- $45,000–Loans from Farley’s wife and mother to the campaign
- $18,868—Cash on hand
Farley has the distinction of generating bi-partisan contributions from two former Illinois Senate Presidents–$250 each from Phil Rock and Pate Philip.
- $31,593–Total raised
- $30,593—Individual contributions
- $1,000—PAC or political contributions
- $9,343—Cash on hand
Mullen is his own largest contributor, kicking in $4,800 of his own dough.
In the race to succeed Fritchey, Farley has the organizational muscle of Alderman Eugene Schulter’s 47th Ward Regular Democratic Organization; Mullen has the shoe-leather after knocking on 10,000 doors; and Williams has the dough.
And in politics, money is the mother’s milk of the game—though in this yuppy district it’s organic soy.