Tuesday, June 07, 2005

IL-06: Roskam Raises $150K

Republican candidate for IL-06, and former DeLay aide and resident wingnut, Peter Roskam has gone public that his campaign has raised $150,000 in 30 days:
Saying he is "trying to send a message," state Sen. Peter Roskam announced Monday he raised more than $150,000 for his bid for Congress in just 30 days.

"I'm very encouraged," the Wheaton Republican said. "I'm trying to send a message that there's a great deal of support out there for this campaign."

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Carney was not impressed by Roskam's fund-raising, saying he has received $400,000 in pledges from potential donors and has offers for 11 fund-raisers in Illinois and four other states.

"I've been around a long time, and I've got a lot of friends," Carney said. "So 150,000 bucks is really nice. I'm happy for him, but it's going to take a lot more than that. And this race is about money."

Roskam entered the race a week ago, but has been raising money since he formed an exploratory committee in April. Federal law does not require him to file a financial disclosure report until July.

Since the FEC reports don't happen until July, we don't know how many people that $150,000 represents. Given Roskam is a politically connected lawyer from Wheaton (the GOP center of the universe in DuPage County), I'd bet that number of donors won't be too far from 75 people. What message exactly would that send?

As Carney, his potential GOP primary challenger notes, it's going to take a lot more than $150,000 to claim Hyde's seat. Which brings me to Christine Cegelis. The GOP in IL-06, located in the one of the richest districts in the nation, are going to pull out the stops and throw money at this race. What about the Democrats? Cegelis has the organization, the grassroots, and the name recognition. But does she have your donation yet?

Roskam and the Republicans are going to trying to buy IL-06 with huge campaign war chests filled by their fat cat donor base. Question is, are Democrats going to let them? Donate to the Christine's campaign today.