Cash is anticipated to be a significant factor within the upcoming race for Illinois governor.
In 2014, then Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner spent $36 million to unseat Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. In 2018, Rauner spent round $70 million, however that was far lower than J.B. Pritzker’s $160 million. Pritzker, now as governor, has given himself $33 million to date this cycle for his marketing campaign.
Final week, state Sen. Darren Bailey was main the GOP subject in cash with about $409,700.
“Folks have been burnt,” Bailey instructed WMAY when requested how he can match Pritzker’s hundreds of thousands. “Individuals are form of stepping again. You need to work somewhat more durable to earn the cash.”
Bailey questioned if the state is prepared for one more enterprise capitalist working. Rauner was a enterprise capitalist.
Final week, Republican businessman Jesse Sullivan entered the race. The 37-year-old began a enterprise capital agency out of California and mentioned in a marketing campaign video he’s been working that agency from his native central Illinois farm residence in Petersburg for the previous 5 years.
All of Sullivan’s $11 million got here from out-of-state donors.
“They don’t have a selected curiosity or profit right here in Illinois aside from attending to see our politics nationally change,” Sullivan mentioned after his marketing campaign announcement Thursday. “They need a uniter who can truly change our divisive politics and they also put that belief in me.”
The cash is important to tackle a billionaire governor, he mentioned.
“He has a imaginative and prescient for Illinois and I’ve a really totally different imaginative and prescient for Illinois that’s gonna need to have the assets to take him on,” Sullivan mentioned. “And so we’re going to herald plenty of good folks on this race to hitch us to have the ability to take him on.”
Bailey mentioned he doesn’t need to discourage anybody from working and sharing their story, however on the finish of the day he mentioned “if merely the established order of cash shopping for a seat is true then we’re in a world of harm not solely right here in Illinois however on this nation.
Businessman Gary Rabine has $287,300 readily available. Rabine mentioned Sullivan is from Silicon Valley and doesn’t replicate the values of Illinois’ Republican celebration.
“To defeat Pritzker’s Warfare on Households, Illinois will elect a candidate who’s vested within the tradition of small companies and households in Illinois, not California,” Rabine mentioned in a press release.
Former state Sen. Paul Schimpf’s marketing campaign, which has $116,300 readily available, didn’t return messages in search of remark.