With their 10th District rematch still nine months away, Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider and Republican challenger Robert Dold both have crossed the million-dollar fundraising mark, new records show.
Schneider, of Deerfield, reported receiving an estimated $339,927 in campaign donations during the last quarter of 2013. Combined with cash already on hand and after expenses, Schneider started this year with a little more than $1 million in the bank.
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Dold, of Kenilworth, reported collecting $300,729 in political contributions during the same period. Like Schneider, he started 2014 with about $1 million in the bank.
Dold's total was about $5,955 greater than Schneider's, even though Schneider raised more in the quarter.
"Our strong fundraising support in less than three quarters of being in the race shows that Team Dold is backed by the hardworking men and women of the 10th District," Dold campaign spokesman Danielle Hagen said in a news release.
Schneider campaign spokeswoman Jamie Patton was pleased with her boss' totals, too.
"We've now outraised (Dold) two quarters in a row," Patton told the Daily Herald.
Not to be outdone when it comes to getting support from potential voters, Patton said 40 percent of Schneider's donors were first-time contributors. That indicates growing grass-roots support, she said.
Schneider and Dold are running unopposed in their respective parties' primary elections in March, so they'll face each other in November. It's a repeat of the 2012 election, which saw Schneider upset the first-term incumbent Dold to win the seat.
Candidates for national office must regularly file campaign disclosure forms with the Federal Election Commission. They're viewable at www.fec.gov.
The latest reports were delivered Friday and cover receipts and expenses recorded between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31.
The 10th District includes parts of Cook and Lake counties. It stretches west from Lake Michigan into the North and Northwest suburbs.