Illinois Senate candidates announce campaign cash

The news only confirms what we already knew: the fight over President Barack Obama's old Senate seat is going to be an expensive one.

Republican Congressman Mark Kirk reports he raised more than a million-and-a-half dollars between July and September, and now has $2.3-million in the bank.

Meanwhile, Democrat David Hoffman reports he raised a touch over $400,000 during the same time period, although his campaign only began in late August when he quit his job as Chicago's inspector general. Hoffman also loaned the campaign an additional half-a-million dollars in personal money. A Hoffman spokesman says only about $50,000 of that has been spent so far.


* A spokeswoman for Democratic candidate Jacob Meister, an attorney, estimates the campaign took in $1,057,000 in the third quarter. All but about $27,000 of that was loaned by Meister to the campaign. The spokeswoman notes the campaign has only been actively fundraising the past few weeks, and has only spent between $20,000 and $30,000.

* The campaign of state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias reports Tuesday it raised $1.1-million in the third quarter, none of it from Giannoulias himself. That leaves the Democratic candidate with roughly $2.4-million in the bank.

State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias reported Tuesday his campaign raised $1.1 million in the third quarter of 2009 and has $2.4 million on hand in the race for President Obama's former Senate seat.

Giannoulias outpaced Democratic challengers David Hoffman and Jacob Meister, both of whom raised about $1 million in the third quarter, but did not equal Republican Mark Kirk's $1.6 million haul for the fundraising period.

U.S. Rep. Kirk, the Republican frontrunner, still trails Giannoulias in total campaign cash, but narrowed the gap after using Sen. John McCain's donor list for a Chicago fundraiser that netted him $500,000 according to Capitol Fax. McCain has endorsed Kirk and is actively supporting his campaign.