(Chicago, IL) – July 19, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn’s campaign for governor today announced that it raised nearly $5.1 million in combined campaign contributions in the first half of 2010.
The campaign had nearly $2.3 million cash in the bank on June 30th.
Quinn’s campaign cash-on-hand equaled what GOP opponent State Senator Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) announced last week. Brady said that he had raised $3.6 million in first half of this year and $2.3 million remained.
“The people of Illinois realize how much is at stake in this election,” said Quinn Campaign Manager Ben Nuckels. “Our contributions show voters know that Pat Quinn and Sheila Simon are the right leaders to keep growing our economy and bring jobs to the state.”
Quinn’s total does not include contributions made after June 30, such as the Illinois Education Association’s public commitment of a “significant contribution” during their endorsement of the governor last week.
Brady’s campaign will report contributions from every one of the state’s 102 counties. The campaign received contributions from more than 4,200 individual donors, 60 percent of which were under $100.
Unlike the 2006 gubernatorial contest between ex-Governor Rod Blagojevich and ex-Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka, Quinn and Brady find themselves at the moment on an equal financial footing—which is good news for Quinn.
Even some within the Quinn campaign feared that Brady might outraise them. With today’s numbers, Quinn has set those fears aside. Still, as the incumbent governor, Quinn should be dominating the fund-raising contest.
If he aims to win in November, Quinn will need up his fund-raising game in the next 15 weeks.