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Weekly Update | September 22nd

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Total Contributions in 2016: $171,729,738

Total September Contributions: $31,965,297

Total Contributions this Week: $15,382,397

Number of Contributions this Week: 1,252

Total contribution figures include donations, transfers, inkind contributions, loans, and other types of monetary exchanges between donors and PACs.
 
What Happened this Week?

The top donation this week went to Citizens to Protect Transportation Funding, the ballot initiative committee supporting a Constitutional Amendment to create a transportation lockbox on the November ballot. The committee received $975,000 yesterday from an organization called the Fight Back Fund. Another $25,000 donation from the group on September 20th led to a total of $1 million from the Fight Back Fund to Citizens to Protect Transportation Funding this week. 
 
Little information is available on the Fight Back Fund. State Board of Elections data shows a political committee by the same name from East Moline that went inactive 10 years ago. However, there does not appear to be a connection between the two organizations. The Illinois Secretary of State’s Corporation database shows that the group is filed as a 501(c)4 or 501(c)6 nonprofit organization, and lists Marc R. Poulos of Joliet as its head. Poulos is the Executive Director of the Indiana-Illinois-Iowa Foundation for Fair Contracting and an advocate for the transportation lockbox amendment.

Unlike political committees, these types of nonprofits are not required to report their donors. 
Data from the Illinois State Board of Elections shows that yesterday’s $975,000 donation was the 7th largest individual donation of 2016. The other six donations were from SEIU, Governor Rauner, and GOP donors Richard Uihlein and Ken Griffin. 501(C)4 and 501(C)6 nonprofits like the Fight Back Fund are able to participate in political activity as long as it constitutes less than half of their overall activities. This organization alone accounts for 40% of Citizens to Protect Transportation Funding’s $2.5 million in cash on hand. ICPR is in the process of drafting and promoting legislation designed to bring transparency to this area of campaign finance. 

Meanwhile, the state’s wealthiest Super PAC, Liberty Principles PAC, spent nearly $300,000 on independent expenditures in a total of 6 races this week. The Super PAC was influential in the March Primaries, but has been quieter so far in the lead up to the General Election. They spent nearly $30,000 on cable ads supporting Dawn Abernathy (R-Mundelein) in her campaign against incumbent Rep. Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills). Sente responded by raising a total of $43,000, mostly from individual donors, last week. 

Lake County, where Grayslake is located, currently has some of the most expensive races in the state. Rep. Sam Yingling and Sen. Melinda Bush, both Democratic incumbents from nearby Grayslake, are in the midst of two such races. The contest between Bush and her challenger Michael Amrozowicz (R-Gurnee) totals $1.78 million. This surpasses the Comptroller's race to become the state's second most expensive legislative race. $1.48 million has poured into the House 62nd District race between Yingling and Rod Drobinski (R-Wauconda), which places them in the top ten as well. All three of these Democratic incumbents were last elected with 52% or less of the vote. 
 
For more information, contact Sarah Brune at (312) 436-1274 or sarah@ilcampaign.org.
Policy & Research Director Jack Lockhart contributed to this research.
Top Contested State Races 
Races for the Illinois General Assembly and State Comptroller
Ranked by most Available Funds, Independent Expenditures, and Donations since 7/1/16
  
District Branch          Candidates Total Money in Race
114 House LaToya N Greenwood (D)  Bob Romanik (R)  $2,074,865
31 Senate         Melinda Bush (D) *INCUMBENT  Michael Amrozowicz (R)  $1,783,178
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troller
Leslie Munger (R) *INCUMBENT  Susana Mendoza (D)  $1,748,330
111 House Daniel V Beiser (D) *INCUMBENT  Michael Babcock (R) $1,709,459
117 House John Bradley (D) *INCUMBENT  Dave Severin (R)  $1,700,227
20 House Michael P McAuliffe (R) *INCUMBENT  Merry Marwig (D) $1,692,160
79 House Katherine"Kate" Cloonen (D) *INCUMBENT  Lindsay Parkhurst (R)  $1,590,103
59 Senate Gary Forby (D) *INCUMBENT  Dale Fowler (R) $1,507,624
71 House Mike Smiddt (D) *INCUMBENT  Tony McCombie (R)  $1,491,441
62 House Sam Yingling (D) *INCUMBENT  Rod Drobinski (R)  $1,486,248
 
Largest Donations 
September 15 - 22
 
Fight Back Fund donated
$975,000 to
Citizens to Protect Transportation Funding 9/21
SEIU IL Council (Dues) donated
$300,000 to
SEIU Illinois Council PAC 9/20
National Nurses United for Patient Protection donated
$200,000 to
Reclaim Chicago PAC 9/15
Illinois Republican Party donated inkind
$72,592 to
Citizens to Elect Michelle Smith for Senate 9/16
SEIU Healthcare IL IN donated
$72,105 to
SEIU Healthcare Illinois Indiana PAC 9/15
House Republican Organization donated inkind
$59,667 to
Citizens for Kay 9/19
Illinois Republican Party donated inkind
$52,615 to
Friends of Jillian Bernas 9/19
James S. Crown donated
$50,000 to
Stand for Children IL IEC 9/20
Marcena Love donated
$50,000 to
Personal PAC Independent Committee 9/15
JOHN W. ROWE donated
$50,000 to
INCS Action Independent Committee 9/15
Largest Transfers
September 15 - 22
 
Citizens for Rauner, Inc. transferred
$975,000 to
Illinois Republican Party 9/15
Illinois Republican Party transferred
$300,000 to
House Republican Organization 9/16
Illinois Republican Party transferred
$200,000 to
House Republican Organization 9/21
Madigan, Michael Friends of transferred
$72,592 to
Democratic Party of Illinois 9/19
House Republican Organization transferred
$72,105 to
Citizens for Michael P McAuliffe 9/16
Citizens for John Cullerton transferred
$59,667 to
Senate Democratic Victory Fund 9/16
House Republican Organization transferred
$52,615 to
Citizens for Kay 9/19
House Republican Organization transferred
$50,000 to
Friends for Rod Drobinski 9/16
House Republican Organization transferred
$50,000 to
Friends for Avery Bourne 9/16
House Republican Organization transferred
$50,000 to
Citizens for Michael Babcock 9/16
Top Earners
September 15 - 22
 
# Committee Type New funds Current funds
1 Illinois Republican Party Political Party +$4,000,000          $17,080,536         
2 House Republican Organization Political Party +$2,301,500 $11,208,175       
3 Democratic Party of Illinois Political Party +$1,064,000 $4,791,183
4 Citizens to Protect Transportation Funding Ballot Initiative +$1,036,500 $2,566,501
5 Friends of John Bradley, Inc Candidate +$406,906 $1,255,908
6 SEIU Illinois Council PAC Political Action +$300,000 $307,311
7 Citizens for Kay Candidate +$295,940 $773,011
8 Democratic Majority Political Party +$269,600 $3,787,390
9 Senate Democratic Victory Fund Political Party +$258,284 $3,290,756
10    Friends of Michael J Madigan Candidate +$222,200 $2,075,228
Top Committees 
As of September 22
 
# Committee Type Current funds
1 Illinois Republican Party Political Party $17,080,536      
2 Citizens for Rauner, Inc Candidate $15,291,774
3 House Republican Organization Political Party $11,208,175
4 Liberty Principles PAC Super PAC $5,047,466
5 Democratic Party of Illinois Political Party $4,791,183
6 Democratic Majority Political Party $3,787,390
7 Senate Democratic Victory Fund Political Party $3,290,756
8 Chicagoland Operators Joint Labor-Management PAC Political Action $2,894,258
9 Republican State Senate Campaign Committee Political Party $2,871,786
10   Citizens to Protect Transportation Funding Ballot Initiative $2,566,501


 
All data is sourced daily from the Illinois State Board of Elections
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