Democrat Giannoulias in the driver’s seat in race for campaign cash in hotly contested secretary of state contest

Monday marked an Illinois State Board of Elections deadline to file a required quarterly report of contributions and expenditures, but a number of primary candidates had not yet filed their reports late Monday.

 

In his bid to succeed retiring Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, Democrat Alexi Giannoulias is holding his edge in raising campaign cash — with more than two and half times as much money in the bank as the other six Democratic and Republican candidates combined.

Giannoulias, a former state treasurer, reported $4,403,133 in his campaign fund at the end of last month, nearly four times as much as the $1,116,365 that his chief Democratic rival, Chicago City clerk Anna M. Valencia had on hand. Ald. David Moore (17th) was in a distant third place with just $38,663 in the bank. Democrat Sidney Moore, whose petitions to run for the office had been challenged, had not reported raising any funds.

Among Republicans vying for the post, former U.S. Attorney for central Illinois John C. Milhiser had $273,620 in his account, and state Rep. Dan Brady of Bloomington had $242,598. Former Chicago Police Officer Michelle Turney, part of a GOP slate that doesn’t accept the results of the 2020 presidential election, filed a report closing out her campaign fund with a balance of zero.

Republican John Milhiser, left; Democrat Alexi Giannoulias, center; Democrat Anna Valencia, right. Giannoulias raised more than any other candidate for secretary of state, with Valencia a distant second, and Milhiser an even more distant third.
Republican John Milhiser, left; Democrat Alexi Giannoulias, center; Democrat Anna Valencia, right. Giannoulias raised more than any other candidate for secretary of state, with Valencia a distant second, and Milhiser an even more distant third.johnmilhiser.com; Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times file

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