IL-14: 4th Quarter Fundraising Numbers

John Laesch
Number of Unique Itemized Contributors: About 75
Itemized Contributions: $74,766
Unitemized Contributions: $54,615
PAC Contributions: $6900
Total Receipts for 4th Quarter: $137,935
Cash on Hand (as of 1/16/2008): $32,098

No matter how you mash it, John Laesch is in deep doo-doo. He has not been able to capitalize on his previous run against Hastert. Part of the failure IMO has to do with the lack of professional staff and too much dependence on the blogosphere (vs. “dialing for dollars”).

I used the Federal Election Commission (FEC) website for all information unless otherwise noted. I pay special attention to the number of unique donors and to the unitemized (small) donations because they hint at the amount of popular support that could translate into votes. Since we are very close to the primaries, the cash on hand also could be very important in last-minute get-out-the-vote (GOTV) efforts.

Jotham Stein
Number of Unique Itemized Contributors: About 70
Itemized Contributions: $105,780
Unitemized Contributions: $34,674
Other: Has about $70,800 in loans and candidate contributions
Total Receipts for 4th Quarter: $211,948
Cash on hand (as of 1/16/2008): $40,217

Chris Lauzen
Number of Unique Itemized Contributors: About 155
Itemized Contributions: $342,024
Unitemized Contributions: $34,172
PAC & Party Committee Contributions: About $35,000
Other: Has about $650,000 in loans; also made some refunds of contributions and repaid some loans
Total Receipts for 4th Quarter: $1,060,096
Cash on Hand (as of 1/16/2008): $188,344

Jim Oberweis
Number of Unique Itemized Contributors: About 130
Itemized Contributions: $279,417
Unitemized Contributions: $52,696
PAC & Party Committee Contributions: About $20,600
Other: Has loaned himself $1,640,000
Total Receipts for 4th Quarter: $2,050,112
Cash on Hand: $396,976

Bill Foster
Number of Unique Itemized Contributors: About 340
Itemized Contributions: $366,644
Unitemized Contributions: $69,152
Other: Has about $920,000 in candidate contributions and loans and $27,000 marked “other” committee contributions
Total Receipts for 4th Quarter: $1,389,447
Cash on Hand: $508,792

The Foster campaign tells me that their contributions (some $435,000) came from over 1100 individual donors. Headquartered in Geneva, the Foster people have recently opened a new campaign office in Aurora and I hear they have their eyes on DeKalb too.

9 thoughts on “IL-14: 4th Quarter Fundraising Numbers”

  1. I always liked Laesch, but I am biased, having done some campaign work with him in his last run against Hastert. I don’t know much about Foster but agree that the large number of smaller donors does bode well for popular support. I do know that I couldn’t vote for Oberweis, ever (this is the case for most Republicans, at least for me). Thanks for the post yinn.

  2. I get that a lot of people who supported Laesch last time around feel a lot of loyalty to him. Also, his passion makes him attractive. But I think his campaign is doomed. It’s not all about money but some of it is. How can a guy who got 40% of the vote against Hastert be in last place in fundraising and name recognition? I think he needs more seasoning, is not ready for prime time.

  3. I couldn’t do such a thing to you. :) Also, thanks for reading my blogs, I know the topic is different and tame compared to the Dr. Gonzo of yesteryear. I still care about those things but architecture is just, to put it simply, is more beautiful than war and politics. I guess it just got old moderating insulting comments. ;)

  4. While I would never vote for Oberweis, I am interested to see how this primary turns out for him. If he loses, then we have some anecdotal evidence that name recognition and money aren’t necessarily deciding factors. If he wins next week (and has the political capital to go all the way), then he will have overcome the odds that are stacked against him from losing other bids for public office.

  5. John, I also have to think that Hastert’s endorsement of Oberweis would be a factor, along with Joe Wiegand’s open support of Lauzen (at least in DeKalb, where his involvement with the Wogen campaign is known).

    Still, I would certainly not want to make a bet on the GOP side.

    Here is another question (for anyone). Considering that in some counties people are not early-voting in the special primary at the same rate as the regular, what do you think the odds are that the people who win the special and the ones who win the general will be different?

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