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IL-05 Fundraising Comparative

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This is a graph I made based off numbers from ActBlue.com, a Democratic fundraising site.

Recently Geoghegan has been creeping up on Oberman, Wheelan, and Feigenholtz, all of whom have some natural access to resources (Feigenholz is a state representative with an accomplished resume in Illinois politics; Oberman comes from a political family, and Wheelan is a well-known academic, a vast and important social network in the city). Note that these are not all the candidates and the funds in this graph are only ones collected on ActBlue, not the total amount of money the candidates have. ActBlue, however, is a good indicator of the "netroots" and progressive support a candidate has. Givers who give through ActBlue were either directed there by a blog (particularly true in Geoghegan's case) or by referral from the candidate's website. The three leaders in the graph all say they have considerable cash on hand also. Still, Geoghegan has been gaining on his competitors and I'd bet he's likely to overtake Oberman and Wheelan soon. Rep. Fritchey is the latest entry and is likely raising the bulk of his money right now from his fundraising base in the city.

Looking at Oberman's website, it appears he's leaning on his history in transportation security for his campaign. O'Connor has ties to the traditional political machine, but his inability to force a nomination by the Party indicates he may not be as heavy with organization support as originally suspected. Feigenholtz is a force to be reckoned with, but Geoghegan has the new progressive candidate cred. Just have to wait and see.

 
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Olly McPherson / January 15, 2009 11:55 AM

Yeah, but all that money isn't going to do Geoghegan any good if he can't get enough signatures to get on the ballot. Arctic weather can't be helping those efforts.

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