U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling, R-Colona, raised $617,826 in the third quarter, according to the Federal Election Commission, outpacing Democrat Cheri Bustos, who raised $488,803.
The total raised by both campaigns in the 17th Congressional District is now $3.8 million, easily surpassing the $2.8 million raised by former Congressman Phil Hare and Rep. Schilling in the 2010 election. The candidates' money is in addition to that being spent by outside groups on the race.
As the campaigns enter the final stretch, Ms. Bustos, of East Moline, had $656,000 cash on hand at the end of the third quarter while Rep. Schilling had$839,000, FEC reports released Tuesday showed.
"This has always been a grassroots campaign with a grassroots message," a statement from Rep. Schilling said. "I'm proud that most donations to my campaign come from folks in our district."
Rep. Schilling raised 43 percent of his contributions from party committees and other political action committees including PACs linked to Burger King, Wal-Mart, Wells Fargo, Exxon Mobil and JP Morgan Chase.
"Our campaign is proud to have received support from over 8,000 individuals in this election," said Bustos spokesman Arden Manning. "Congressman Bobby Schilling, however, is backed by big oil and big corporations."
Around 25 percent of donations to the Bustos campaign came from party committees and PACS, includingbig donations from unions such as the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, the United Steelworkers and the National Education Association, which represents teachers.
Both campaigns are investing heavily in producing and running television commercials.
As an example of the scale of that spending,Greer Margolis Mitchell Burns, a Washington D.C. firm, received $458,910 for "media buys" from the Bustos campaignin the third quarter.Crossroads Media in Virginia received $417,727 for TV spots from the Schilling campaignover the same period.
Outside groups are massively outspending both campaigns.
By Tuesday, independent expenditures in the 17th District had hit $5.5 million, according to the FEC. Big spenders include the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and the National Republican Congressional Campaign, the House Majority PAC, which supports Democrats and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which is opposing Ms. Bustos.
Third quarter party and PAC contributions Rep. Schilling $266,134 (43 percent) Cheri Bustos $120,000 (25 percent)
Third quarter contributions from individuals Rep. Schilling $348,028 (56 percent) Cheri Bustos $368323 (75 percent)
Total raised, 2012 cycle Rep. Schilling $2.1 million Cheri Bustos $1.7 million
Large donors to Rep. Schilling American Bankers Association $10,000 Ameren FED PAC $9,000 Exxon Mobil $10,000 American Medical Association $9,400 JP Morgan Chase PAC $5,000 BNSF Rail PAC $7,500 Wal-Mart Stores PAC $5,000 Exelon PAC $10,000
Large donors to Ms. Bustos AFSCME $14,000 Letter Carriers Political Action Fund $8,000 Human Rights Campaign $10,000 Planned Parenthood Political Action Fund $6,000 United Steelworkers $10,000 National Education Association $10,000 Democratic County Chairmen's Assn. of Illinois $5,000 J-Street PAC $9,000