Democratic congressional candidate Cheri Bustos raised $470,000 in the second quarter and now has raised $1.28 million since launching her campaign to unseat U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling, R-Colona.|
Figures from Rep. Schilling for the second quarter were not yet available Wednesday, although a spokesman said the campaign has around $950,000 cash on hand compared to $823,000 at the end of the first quarter.
Ms. Bustos, a former East Moline alderwoman, raised $420,000 in the first quarter of the year and has now received campaign contributions from around 6,000 individuals, according to campaign manager Allison Jaslow.
"This puts our campaign on pace to have the resources needed to win in the recently redrawn 17th Congressional District in November," she said.
Both campaigns must file full fundraising reports with the federal election commission by Sunday.
Spending by the national Republican and Democratic party organizations acting independently of the campaigns will be a factor in 17th District election.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee unveiled a new online ad on Tuesday criticizing Rep. Schilling's vow to support a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, President Obama's health care reform law.
Rep. Schilling voted on Wednesday to for House Bill 6079, which would repeal the law but lacks support in the Democratic-controlled Senate. The bill passed the House by a vote of 244-185.
"We need to repeal this law and get to work on bipartisan health care reform that lowers costs and makes health care more convenient and more affordable," Rep. Schilling said on the floor of the House.
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