Dold outraises Schneider in second quarter and overall, reports show

  • Republican U.S. Rep. Robert Dold (right) outraised Democratic challenger Brad Schneider in the second quarter of 2012, reports show.

    Republican U.S. Rep. Robert Dold (right) outraised Democratic challenger Brad Schneider in the second quarter of 2012, reports show.

Posted7/16/2012 9:02 PM

In the seemingly endless quest for campaign cash, 10th District Republican Congressman Robert Dold outraised his Democratic challenger during the second quarter of 2012, new reports show.

Dold, a freshman lawmaker from Kenilworth, collected $711,084 in donations of various sizes between April 1 and June 30, according to reports filed Sunday with the Federal Election Commission.


Democrat Brad Schneider, a first-time candidate from Deerfield, raked in $582,161 during the same three-month period, his FEC report shows.

When added to cash already in the bank, Dold's war chest is more than three times the size of Schneider's.

Dold's campaign said the lawmaker's support in the second quarter shows "significant momentum" heading into the second half of the year and the November election.

"We appreciate the strong financial support we continue to receive, especially since we recognize that this will be an expensive, competitive race," campaign spokesman John McGovern said in an email.

Despite lagging far behind Dold, Team Schneider touted its numbers.

"This is the strongest quarter for the campaign, with a majority of the support coming from first-time donors," campaign manager Reed Adamson said in an email.

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The 10th District includes parts of Lake and Cook counties. It stretches from Lake Michigan into the North and Northwest suburbs.

Schneider topped a crowded field to win the Democratic primary in March. Dold ran unopposed for the GOP nod.

The GOP has held the seat since 1980, but the district -- long known for splitting ballots -- was redrawn last year to include more traditionally Democratic areas and to eliminate some Republican-leaning neighborhoods.

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The Dold campaign has collected more than $2.9 million since his re-election bid began, reports show. He's spent about $1 million on the race already, leaving $2.1 million in the bank.


Dold reported about $79,647 in outstanding debt.

Notable Dold donors during the second quarter included:

• Chicago White Sox and Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf, $1,000.

• Former 10th District Congressman John Porter, $1,000.

• Former Vice President Dan Quayle, $5,000.

• The Illinois Republican Party, $4,000.

• The National Republican Congressional Committee, $5,000.

Dold also received checks from political action committees representing several groups, including:

• Abbott Laboratories employees, $5,000.

• General Electric, $3,000.

• Exelon, $1,000.

• Boeing, $2,000.

• The Goldman Sachs Group, $3,000.

Although many large donations came from such groups, the Dold campaign reported 82 percent of the contributions it received came from Illinois residents.

"This wave of support assures that the people of the 10th stand with the congressman and his principled leadership," McGovern said in a news release.

The Schneider campaign has collected more than $1.5 million since entering the race, reports show. Like Dold, he's spent about $1 million on the campaign trail.

Schneider finished June with $567,623 in the bank and about $120,646 in debt, reports show.

Notable Schneider donors during the period include:

• Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan F. Horn, $1,000.

• State Rep. Elaine Nekritz of Northbrook, $1,000.

• Julie Hamos, the former lawmaker who now leads the state's Department of Healthcare and Family Services, $500.

• The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which gave $4,500 to help pay off his primary debt.

Political committees supporting Schneider last quarter included groups representing:

• A gay-rights group called the Human Rights Campaign, $2,500.

• Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, $2,000.

• The United Auto Workers, $2,500.

• The Service Employees International Union, $10,000.

Schneider also reported 19 donations from individuals contributing through the Democratic fundraising organization Act Blue.

Nearly 80 percent of the quarter's donations came from Illinois residents, Schneider's campaign reported.

"As enthusiasm for Brad's common-sense approach to strengthening the economy and ending Washington gridlock continues to grow, we are confident we will have the resources we need to hold Congressman Dold accountable ... and win in November," Adamson said.

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