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The cost of a campaign: Pritzker, Rauner take in, spend millions on governor's race

Pritzker, Rauner take in, spend millions on governor’s race

Gov. Bruce Rauner talks with the Northwest Herald editorial board on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 in Crystal Lake.
Gov. Bruce Rauner talks with the Northwest Herald editorial board on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 in Crystal Lake.

Hundreds of millions of dollars have changed hands in the race for Illinois governor alone.

Over the course of the entire 2018 governor’s race, J.B. Pritzker has raised $149.1 million, Bruce Rauner has raised $78.9 million, Sam McCann has raised $2.1 million and Grayson “Kash” Jackson has raised $10,783, according to campaign finance records.

This story is based on numbers reported to the Illinois State Board of Elections and Illinois Sunshine for the governor’s race. The 2018 general election will be held Nov. 6.

Rauner, the Republican incumbent, will face off against Democrat Pritzker, Libertarian Jackson and Conservative McCann in an attempt to retain his seat.

Citizens for Rauner Inc. reported $38.5 million in beginning funds and $7.8 million in expenditures in its latest quarterly report. The report covers April 1 through June 30, according to the State Board of Elections.

Rauner is his campaign’s top donor, contributing $95 million to Citizens for Rauner Inc. in December 2016, according to election reports. Ken Griffin, noted Chicago-area billionaire, comes in second as a donor. Griffin donated $36 million to the campaign in December 2017, according to Illinois Sunshine, an organization that collects campaign spending data from the board of elections.

Donations that range from $1,000 to $250,000 have trickled in from individuals since June, according to campaign finance records.

Pritzker’s campaign committee, JB for Governor, reported beginning funds of $8.1 million in the latest quarterly report it filed. The report covers April 1 through June 30, according to the State Board of Elections.

The committee noted $30.3 million in receipts and $20.1 million in expenditures through that three-month period, according to the report.

The politician donated $146 million to the committee Sept. 25 and has paid more than $40 million to media companies such as Shorr, Johnson, Magnus Strategic Media and Pier 91 Media, according to Illinois Sunshine campaign finance reports.

McCann’s committee, McCann for Illinois, reported a beginning balance of $142,325 in its latest quarterly report, with receipts totaling $150,500 and expenditures of $219,574

McCann has received a little more than $1.4 million since June, with top donations from Fight Back Fund and the Engineers Political Education Committee. Top expenditures include $3,413 to Shell Oil for fuel June 30 and $1,327 to “Flag World” for campaign supplies June 29, according to campaign finance records.

Jackson, formerly known as Benjamin Winderweedle, has taken in and spent considerably less than either of his wealthy opponents.

Citizens for Kash Jackson reported beginning funds of $2,703 in its latest quarterly report, which covers April 1 through June 30. Receipts totaled $3,860 and expenditures ran $5,578, according to campaign finance records.

Pritzker spent more than Jackson’s total beginning funds in Uber rides and office supplies on one day in June, campaign records show. Uber rides ran Pritzker about $1,540 June 26. The campaign spent $2,545 at Office Depot the same day, records show.

Jackson’s top expenditure was a $1,656 payment to Facebook on June 4, campaign finance records show.

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