Illinois: Money Totals Rising in Race to Replace Kirk

Posted October 7, 2009 at 6:31pm

Three of the candidates seeking to succeed Rep. Mark Kirk (R) have announced their fundraising totals for the third quarter. With the Illinois primary only four months away, financial resources will be of the utmost importance for candidates running in the expensive Chicago suburban district.

State Rep. Julie Hamos (D) announced she raised more than $545,000 in the three-month period that ended Sept. 30. Hamos’ primary opponent, 2006 and 2008 nominee Dan Seals, has not released his fundraising totals.

Among Republicans, businessman Bob Dold announced he has raised more than $250,000 for his bid so far, including only about $10,000 of his own funds as seed money for the campaign.

Businessman Dick Green’s (R) campaign said that he has $266,000 in his campaign account. Green will report $295,000 in contributions this quarter, $220,000 of which is from his own bank account.

State Rep. Beth Coulson (R) has also not released her fundraising totals.

Both Republicans and Democrats say they will target the seat in 2010. The primary in Illinois is scheduled for Feb. 2.