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What Does It Cost to Run for Governor in Illinois?

ICPR Executive Director Sarah Brune was interviewed in this news segment

via – WTTW

“Everything about next year’s election for governor is on hyper-drive, which is evidenced in candidate’s latest quarterly filings, which show campaigns’ financial activities from April through the end of last month.

Although the primary race isn’t until March 2018, fundraising puts the governor’s race on pace to be one of the most expensive governor’s races in the country’s history; it may even break that record.

“In the second quarter of 2017, all the gubernatorial candidates raised about $37 million and spent about $14 million. Now for comparison, in the comparable quarter in the 2014 election cycle, about $2 million was raised and $1 million was spent,” said director of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform Sarah Brune. “So you’re looking at an exponentially higher amount of spending and fundraising, really on both sides of the aisle.”

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