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Comptroller: Modest Spending in a Close Race

By Emily Brosious

Posted: Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014

Neither candidate has shelled out major bucks as of yet, but the 2014 Illinois comptroller’s race is expected to be a close one nonetheless.

“Simon’s going to make a strong run,” said Dick Simpson, UIC political science professor and former 44th Ward alderman. “Topinka is well-known, but Simon has a good political name, and she has support downstate as well as Chicago. It’s going to be close.”

Incumbent Judy Baar Topinka (R) has a bigger piggybank than her opponent, Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon (D), but Simon raised more during 2014 and spent at a greater rate, according to The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform’s Sunshine Project.

From April through June, Simon’s campaign reported spending more than $70,000 while Topinka's paid out around $26,000.

According to campaign disclosure reports, Simon raised around $770,000 and spent nearly $383,000 from January through August 11.

The largest portion of Simon’s 2014 campaign contributions — about 42 percent — came from business and professional donors, according to The Sunshine Project. About 32 percent came from labor and 8 percent from party contributions.

Topinka started 2014 with more than $500,000 in campaign funds. She raised approximately $632,000 from January through July 29 and spent about $271,000, according to financial disclosure records.

The majority of Topinka’s funding during this time — approximately 62 percent — came from business and professional contributions. Labor and party contributions came in second and third, at approximately 26 percent and 8 percent of total contributions, according to The Sunshine Project.


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