Bustos’ Record Grassroots Fundraising Outpaces Incumbent Congressman Schilling by More than $100,000

Robert Blackford/Editor

Thanks to grassroots momentum for Cheri Bustos’ campaign to fix Washington’s failed priorities and create jobs, invest in the middle class, and responsibly reduce the deficit, Bustos not only posted a record quarter for Illinois 17th district, but out-raised incumbent Congressman Schilling by more than $100,000. More than 6,000 individuals support Bustos, signaling her momentum in the race and the uphill battle Congressman Schilling faces defending his out of touch record in Washington.

“With nearly 6,000 people now standing with Cheri as she fights to fix Washington’s priorities, our campaign’s momentum sends a clear message that folks are frustrated by incumbent Congressman Bobby Schilling’s record of cutting Medicare just to give tax breaks to billionaires and corporate outsourcers,” said Allison Jaslow, Bustos’ campaign manager.  “Cheri’s campaign to fight for good jobs and a strong middle class is on a record-breaking pace to ensure Illinois families have the leadership they deserve in Washington with Cheri’s victory in November.”

This strong fundraising report follows a strong $420,000 first quarter for Bustos, which also bested Congressman Schilling’s showing.  Bustos has significantly narrowed the fundraising gap having, though having to fight her way through a primary, and finishes the quarter with more than $820,000 cash on hand.

Illinois’ new 17th district became more competitive for Democrats following redistricting and would have supported both Sen. Kerry and President Obama. Bustos is a DCCC Red to Blue candidate.