July 16, 2005

Show them the money

Lane needs some cash.
Freshman Rep. Melissa Bean of Illinois, a Democrat from a Republican-leaning district, already has raised nearly $1 million in contributions for a 2006 re-election campaign in which her seat so far is the No. 1 target of the national GOP apparatus.

The Barrington businesswoman's campaign fund had about $735,000 cash on hand after raising about $460,000 during the quarter that ended June 30, according to Bean spokesman Brian Herman. Combined with the previous quarter, she raised $965,000.

Carl Forti, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, said Bean is at the top of the list of what GOP strategists view as the most vulnerable Democratic congressional incumbents nationwide.

Rep. Ray LaHood, a Peoria Republican who has said he expects to announce in August whether he will run for governor, reported about $718,000 on hand last month, after taking in about $496,000 in the last quarter.

Other quarterly reports, filed with the Federal Election Commission, showed Chicago Democrat Jesse Jackson Jr. with $1.05 million and Belleville Democrat Jerry Costello with $1.17 million in campaign cash on hand as of June 30. Each raised nearly $400,000 during the year's second quarter.

House Speaker Dennis Hastert had about $496,000 left in his personal campaign fund, after the Yorkville Republican collected about $719,000 in the quarter.

Freshman Sen. Barack Obama, the Chicago Democrat who captured rave reviews last summer after delivering the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention, reports his campaign fund has $506,000.

Meantime, Rep. Lane Evans, a Rock Island Democrat, in his third decade of congressional service, had about $80,000 left in his fund. Debts totaled $185,000 -- the amount in civil penalties his campaign recently agreed to pay to settle FEC charges that he set up a second campaign fund and improperly used it to help him win re-election in 2000.

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6 Comments:

At 7/16/2005 6:20 PM, Blogger diehard said...

Jesse Jackson Junior would make a great Mayor of Chicago.
At least he wouldn't sell out his fellow Democrat to the Republicans like Daly did to Durbin!

 
At 7/16/2005 9:38 PM, Blogger Dave said...

What would make him a great mayor?

 
At 7/16/2005 10:11 PM, Blogger diehard said...

Well, he's not Daly!

 
At 7/16/2005 10:29 PM, Blogger youngridemocrat said...

WOW, Lane Evans' lack of fundraising ability is rather stunning, especially when you consider he's been in Congress 22 years. What is apparent is that he absolutely must hate fundraising himself, otherwise he could have several hundred thousand dollars at this point.

Again, these kinds of facts make him appear more vulnerable by the day. But what's new with Lane Evans. That's the position he usually finds himself in, regardless of his seniority. I don't get it.

 
At 7/17/2005 9:47 PM, Blogger shamalamadingdong21 said...

It must be a lot harder to raise money if you have to follow all of those darned, complicated Federal election laws. Geez, I think everyone should be excused if they make a couple of little mistakes. $185,000 is just a slap on the wrist, probably would have cost at least $100,000 to prove that it was just a mistake and nobody intentionally or knowingly violated the laws.

Don't blame Lane, blame his staff, except he has kept the same people that made those past mistakes on the payroll. I am not so sure that they have learned from those mistakes and if you check the records real close you will find some recent problems.

Maybe if he cleaned house and started over with new people who can figure out those nuisance, unfair campaign finance laws our trust in Lane would be restored. Loyalty to staff who are not loyal to you is like the captain of the Titanic being loyal to his ship. He was probably the finest captain on the high seas, but we all know where he ended up.

Lane is a great captain and he still has time to right the ship, but he needs to make some changes in his inner circle before they steer him into another iceberg.

 
At 7/19/2005 7:32 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Despite the wishes of the Right wing Republicans, Lane is so good at being what he is - Lane our Congressman, that he will be re-elected once again. They don't get it.

They just try and try and yet they can't defeat him. He wins over and over again on his merit as a fine person and excellent representative to us all - not just the elite like some elected officials who have forgotten where they came from and who they are.

Lane is Lane and I am glad he represents me every day!!

 

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