Wallets opening up for Quincy mayor's race
3 months ago by Bob Gough
Mayor brings in more than $16,000 this week while Republican challenger has two congressmen hosting fundraisers in the span of a month
As expected, the campaign coffers of Quincy Mayor John Spring are starting to look a little more flush.
After trailing his challenger, Republican 3rd Ward Alderman Kyle Moore, in fundraising at the end of the 2012 fourth quarter report filing, the Democratic incumbent picked up $16,500 in contributions this week.
State Sen. John Sullivan (D-Rushville) provided $6,500 to Spring’s committee from his committee, Friends of John Sullivan. Sullivan provided $5,000 in cash and $1,000 designated for staff salaries.
Spring also received $5,000 from the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 50 out of Countryside, Illinois, $2,500 from Illinois House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie, $1,500 from the Democratic Organization of Lyons Township and $1,500 from Citizens for State Sen. Steve Landek (D-Burbank).
As of January 12, Spring had $24,111 on hand. His reported total now stands at $40,611 after this week’s activity. Expense reports do not have to be filed until after the April 9 election and Spring has made some expenditures such as renting his Hampshire Street campaign office.
Earlier this month, Moore reported receiving $1,029 from Citizens for a Better Quincy, the Political Action Committee that was set up by a majority of the City’s Republican Aldermen.
Citizens for a Better Quincy filed its final report on February 3 and distributed its remaining funds to Moore and to 6th Ward Alderman Dan Brink, who is facing a challenge from Democrat Jerry Smith, a City of Quincy Firefighter.
Brink received $525 for his campaign.
Citizens for a Better Quincy was formed in April 2010 with a stated purpose to “support conservative aldermanic and mayoral candidates in Quincy, IL”. The PAC was amended in January 2011 and the purpose changed to “elect conservative candidates”.
Alderman Paul Havermale (R-3rd Ward) is the chairman of the PAC and Alderman Dan Brink (R-6th Ward) is the treasurer. Other members include Alderman Lexze Mann (R-1st Ward), Republican 4th Ward Aldermen Tony Sassen and Mike Farha, Alderman Kyle Moore (R-3rd Ward), Alderman Mike Rein (R-5th Ward), Alderman Jim Musolino (R-6th Ward) and Alderman Terri Heinecke (R-7th Ward).
Havermale said the PAC folded as its members had different visions of what its mission should be.
Citizens for a Better Quincy was involved in last fall’s 47th District Senate race between Sullivan and Republican Randy Frese, taking in $60,000 from Chicago-area interests and spending it on a television commercial linking Sullivan to President Barack Obama.
Havermale, who is also chairman of Moore’s mayoral bid, said Moore got the bulk of the committee’s remaining $1,555 because he has a citywide race.
Moore had $41,420 on hand when he filed his reports on January 15. He has also incurred expenses such as renting his campaign headquarters located on Maine Street.
Congressman Aaron Schock (R-18th District), who had already contributed $5,000 to Moore, headlined a fundraiser for Moore at Spring Lake Country Club on January 30. Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-16th District) is headlining a fundraiser for Moore at Quincy Country Club on February 23.