SPRINGFIELD — The top two finishers in the 2010 Republican primary election for Illinois governor trail far behind their 2014 rivals in the race for cash.
State Sens. Bill Brady of Bloomington and Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale said Wednesday they had $270,448 and nearly $234,000, respectively, in their campaign warchests at the close of 2013.
Wealthy hedge fund manager Bruce Rauner reported nearly $400,000 in his account after raising more than $4 million in the most recent quarter. The political newcomer is the only candidate thus far to spend money on television ads as he attempts to introduce himself to voters.
Even though his end-of-year tally is low, Rauner has shown he's willing to dip into his own wallet to finance his campaign. He already has given himself more than $2 million.
State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, meanwhile, has more than $1.3 million in his campaign account after reporting more than $392,000 in contributions during the final quarter.
As the four gubernatorial candidates head toward to the March 18 primary election, Brady and Dillard are attempting to overcome a shortfall of money in the face of a seemingly unlimited supply being spent by Rauner, who made $53 million last year.
Brady, who won the GOP contest four years ago, has struggled to raise money. His report shows contributions of $73,665 in the final three months of the year. The real estate developer and longtime senator has reported no large contributions since Jan. 1.
A separate account left over from his unsuccessful 2010 bid to oust Gov. Pat Quinn contains another $200,000.
Dillard and his running mate, state Rep. Jil Tracy of Quincy, reported raising $561,080 in the most recent quarter, leaving them with almost $234,000 on hand at the end of the year.
Since Jan. 1, Dillard has reported receiving $91,000 more in large contributions.
Rutherford filled his campaign account with more than $392,000 in contributions in the final fundraising quarter, leaving him with nearly $1.37 million in his campaign fund. He is planning to join Rauner in airing television ads beginning in mid-February.
As proof of what he calls widespread grassroots support, Rutherford said he had 1,100 different donors to his campaign in the most recent reporting period.
On the Democratic side, Gov. Pat Quinn's totals were not immediately available, but they are expected to outpace his challenger, former community activist Tio Hardiman of Chicago.
Hardiman reported raising $15,485 and had $553 on hand at the start of 2014.