Davis has a million-dollar fundraising lead on his challenger

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis starts the 13th Congressional District general election campaign with a more than $1 million fundraising advantage over his Democratic challenger, Betsy Londrigan of Springfield.

Davis, a Taylorville Republican, reported $1.37 million on hand as of March 31, according to Federal Election Commission filings. Londrigan reported $221,207.

Londrigan, however, had to survive a five-way Democratic primary campaign in which she spent about $565,000. She won the March 20 Democratic race with an unofficial 45.7 percent of the vote, more than twice her nearest competitor, Erik Jones of Edwardsville, who got 22.4 percent.

Davis, meanwhile, had no primary election competition.

He has raised about $1.86 million since Jan. 1, 2017, more than twice the $778,920 that Londrigan has received.

The two are running in the congressional district that extends from Champaign-Urbana on the northeast to Edwardsville and Collinsville on the southwest. It also includes all or parts of Decatur, Springfield, Bloomington and Normal.

The $1,371,431 that Davis had on March 31 is the greatest amount he’s reported on that date since he became a congressional candidate in 2012. Davis’ previous high for an April quarterly report was $980,464 in 2016, the year he easily defeated Decatur Democrat Mark Wicklund.

The three-term incumbent continues to rely heavily on political action committees for the bulk of his fundraising. In the last quarter, he got $268,000 in PAC contributions, about 77 percent of the $345,879 he raised during the three-month period.

Davis got a $5,000 contribution in the last quarter from the JET PAC of Rep. Adam Kinzinger and Rep. Peter Roskam’s leadership PAC, as well as from Koch Industries, the National Association of Truck Stop Operators, the National Ready Mix Concrete Association, the Automotive Free International Trade PAC, United Parcel Service, the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association, Caterpillar Inc. and AT&T.

He also got $4,900 from ABATE of Illinois, and $4,000 each from Health Care Service Corp. (Blue Cross Blue Shield) and Abbvie (a pharmaceutical firm which split off six years ago from Abbott Labs).

In this election cycle, Davis has raised $1.35 million from PACs, about 73 percent of the $1.86 million he has raised overall.

Londrigan, meanwhile, has relied on individuals for most of her campaign contributions. In the last quarter, she reported that $179,614 of the $224,993 she raised, or almost 80 percent, came from individual donors. During the entire election cycle, 90 percent of her funds raised has come from individuals.

But her PAC contributions have ticked up in recent months, particularly after her March 20 primary win.

Sen. Dick Durbin’s Prairie Political Action Committee gave Londrigan’s campaign fund $5,000 on March 27. Sen. Tammy Duckworth’s Perimeter PAC put up $5,000 on March 31. Emily’s List added $5,000 to an earlier $5,000 contribution on March 31.

The Off the Sidelines PAC of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., gave $5,000 on March 6.

U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos’ campaign committee gave Londrigan $2,500 on March 31 and Rep. Bill Foster’s fund contributed $2,000 to Londrigan on March 29.

Londrigan also received $5,000 from Rep. Steny Hoyer’s AmeriPAC and $2,000 from Hoyer’s campaign account. Hoyer, of Maryland, is the No. 2 Democrat in the House.

The 13th District, which Donald Trump carried by 5.5 percentage points in 2016, is still considered “likely Republican” by Roll Call, the Cook Political Report and the University of Virginia’s Larry Sabato.