Casten, Ives each raise more than $1 million in 6th Congressional District race

Democratic U.S. Rep. Sean Casten and Republican challenger Jeanne Ives each raised more than $1 million from their supporters during the year's third quarter, new financial disclosure reports show.

Ives received sizable help from Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. His Cruz 20 for 20 Victory Fund gave Ives' campaign $71,500 during the period, the most either candidate reported from any one source.

Although the 6th District candidates' revenue totals were similar, their spending totals were not. Casten's quarterly operational expenses nearly doubled Ives', records show.

Congressional hopefuls must file quarterly financial reports with the Federal Election Commission. The latest reports were due Thursday and cover transactions made between July 1 and Sept. 30.

Casten, a freshman lawmaker from Downers Grove, defeated six-term Republican Peter Roskam to win the 6th District post in 2018. His victory was part of the blue wave that gave the Democrats majority control of the House, and the seat is a key target for both parties in the Nov. 3 election.

Casten for Congress reported receiving more than $1.1 million in donations during the third quarter. Nearly all of that came from individual supporters, records show.

Campaign spokesman Jacob Vurpillat said the donations “reflect a wide surge of support for Rep. Casten and everything he has accomplished in the past two years.”

“Voters have recognized that he's lived up to his promises, hosting more than 40 town halls, protecting people with preexisting conditions and combating climate change,” Vurpillat said in a news release.

Casten reported nearly $97,000 from political action committees representing special interests, including:

• $3,000 from a gun-control advocacy group named after former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was wounded in a 2011 mass shooting.

• $4,000 from the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

• $2,500 from the 314 Action Fund, a group aiming to get more scientists elected to federal, state and local offices.

• $2,500 from the Onward Together Committee, a group co-founded by former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Team Casten also received $10,500 from the Underwood Casten Joint Victory Fund, which supports him and Democratic U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood of the neighboring 14th District.

Casten's campaign reported spending more than $2.1 million on payroll, media production, yard signs, printing and other expenses. It finished September with nearly $2 million saved and more than $141,756 in outstanding debt, all to the congressman for loans from 2017.

Ives' Jeanne for Congress committee reported just over $1.1 million in total receipts during the third quarter. As with Casten, nearly all of that came from individual supporters, records show.

“As our team surges with grass-roots support and a winning infrastructure, our effort to flip the (district) will only continue to build momentum heading into November,” Ives, a former state legislator from Wheaton, said in a news release. “We are tremendously grateful to the thousands of people who have joined our team over the past year who want to bring real representation and leadership back to the 6th District.”

Team Ives reported $61,050 from political action committees, including:

• $1,000 from the National Rifle Association of America Political Victory Fund.

• $1,250 from Illinois Citizens for Life.

• $2,500 from the House Conservatives Fund.

• $1,000 from the Susan B. Anthony List Candidate Fund, which supports anti-abortion candidates.

As for Cruz, the senator and former presidential aspirant backed Ives in her primary campaign and has continued to support her bid to take back the 6th District seat for the GOP. Ives had endorsed Cruz for president in 2016.

“We are happy to have support from all branches of the party,” Ives spokeswoman Kathleen Murphy said.

Ives' campaign reported spending nearly $1.1 million on advertising, payroll, polling, video preparation and other expenses during the quarter. It finished September with more than $493,239 in the bank and no debts.

Libertarian candidate Bill Redpath of West Dundee also is running.

The Redpath for Congress committee reported less than $3,600 in donations for the quarter and less than $7,200 in expenses. It finished September with less than $1,400 in the bank and nearly $5,000 in debts to the candidate.

All three candidates' financial reports can be viewed at

The 6th District includes parts of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake and McHenry counties.

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Sean Casten, left, and Jeanne Ives, right, are candidates for the 6th Congressional District race.
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