Smiddy, Jacobs fill campaign coffers

Posted Online: July 16, 2014, 8:55 pm
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By Eric Timmons, etimmons@qconline.com
State Rep. Mike Smiddy, D-Hillsdale, and state Sen. Mike Jacobs, D-East Moline, are both raising more campaign funds than their Republican election opponents.

Rep. Smiddy raised more than $104,000 in the second quarter of this year, according to the latest filing at the Illinois State Board of Elections. He had $105,000 in cash at the end of June compared to the $18,000 available to his Republican opponent, Jim Wozniak.

Mr. Wozniak, an assistant state's attorney with Rock Island County, raised a little more than $20,000 in between April 1 and June 30. More than half of that total came from three donors.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner and his wife, Diana, donated $10,600 to Mr. Wozniak. Aaron Tennant, president of Tennant Truck Lines in Colona, gave $2,000 to Mr. Wozniak.

Mr. Smiddy's biggest checks came from unions, including $25,000 from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31. The Illinois Political Action Committee for Education, which is affiliated with one of the state's largest teachers' unions, gave $50,000 to Rep. Smiddy's campaign in the second quarter.

Sen. Jacobs has established a $110,000 fundraising lead over Republican opponent Neil Anderson, a Moline firefighter.

Sen. Jacobs raised $51,000 between April 1 and June 30, including $10,000 from the Associated Firefighters of Illinois Political Action Committee. He also received $5,000 from Southern Wine and Spirits of America Inc., of Florida, and $2,500 from MidAmerican Energy Co.

Mr. Anderson had $63,000 in cash at the end of the quarter compared to Sen. Jacobs' balance of $173,000.

The Republican raised more than $33,000 in the second quarter, helped by $5,000 from Mark Rauschert, president of Midwest Control Products in Bushnell. Tennant Truck Lines, the Colona firm run by Mr. Tennant, also gave $5,000 to Mr. Anderson.

State Rep. Pat Verschoore, D-Milan, is unopposed in the Nov. 4 election after Republican Alex Fulton dropped out of the campaign last month. Rep. Verschoore raised $15,000 in the second quarter and had $230,000 in cash at the end of the quarter.


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