Hoffman-Kay race exceeds $1 million; contest among costliest in Illinois

October 26, 2010

From the Belleville News Democrat:

BY ELIZABETH DONALD - News-Democrat
 
EDWARDSVILLE -- Spending in the race for the 112th House seat has topped $1 million, one of the top 20 legislative races in the state.

The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform reports that fundraising has surpassed $814,400 for state Rep. Jay Hoffman, D-Collinsville, and $351,800 for challenger Dwight Kay, a Republican businessman.

That's a total of $1,166,200 raised in the race as of Oct. 21. That's the eighth-highest amount among this year's legislative races in Illinois.
  
ICPR notes that leader contributions -- funds from political parties and targeted contributions -- account for 63 percent of all receipts in the top 20 campaigns. For example, the Democratic Party of Illinois accounts for $4.48 million in spending as the top supporter of legislative races. The Illinois Republican Party is likewise the top supporter of its contests at $1.271 million.