Underwood's political action committee brought in donations totaling $214,000, records show

  • Jim Oberweis of Sugar Grove and Lauren Underwood of Naperville are candidates for the 14th Congressional District seat

    Jim Oberweis of Sugar Grove and Lauren Underwood of Naperville are candidates for the 14th Congressional District seat

Updated 10/18/2020 8:13 PM

A political action committee bearing U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood's name received more than $214,000 in donations and doled out $25,500 during the year's third quarter, new financial disclosure reports show.

The Lauren Underwood Victory Fund is distinct from Underwood's congressional campaign committee, Lauren Underwood for Congress. The political action committee gave $13,000 to the other group this quarter, Federal Election Commission records show.


Underwood, a Naperville Democrat, represents Illinois' 14th Congressional District and is running for reelection against Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis of Sugar Grove.

The Underwood Victory Fund also gave $12,500 to the American Mosaic political action committee, a group supporting congressional candidates who reflect "the beautiful diversity of the American people," according to its website. A photograph of Underwood occupies the homepage of that website.

Like candidates, political action committees must regularly file financial reports with the Federal Election Commission. The latest reports were due last week and can be viewed at fec.gov.

The Underwood Victory Fund was founded earlier this year. It formerly had been known as the Fox Valley Victory Fund.

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The fund's mission is to support Underwood's campaign committee, American Mosaic and the Democratic Party of Illinois, documents indicate.

The Underwood Victory Fund received donations this quarter from dozens of supporters including:

The Congressional Black Caucus' political action committee, which gave $10,000.

• The campaign committee for DeKalb County Board member Steve Faivre, which gave $999.

• Bonobos co-founder and former CEO Andrew Dunn, who gave $2,800.

• Former MacArthur Foundation President Julia Stasch, who gave $2,000.


• Regan Pritzker, a relative of Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the director of her family's Tao Capital Partners, who gave $10,000.

• Michael Alter, a commercial real estate developer and owner of the Chicago Sky WNBA team, who gave $2,800.

In addition to the donations to Underwood's campaign and American Mosaic, the Underwood Victory Fund spent money on office supplies, plus fees from an online fundraising company, records indicate.

After expenses and transfers, the committee ended the quarter with more than $223,449 saved.

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