TOM KACICH Feb 5, 2024
Rep. Nikki Budzinski, the Springfield Democrat who represents Champaign-Urbana in Congress, has built a campaign treasury of $1.4 million as of Dec. 31. That’s about twice the amount she had on hand on the same date two years ago during her first run for Congress.
It’s also far beyond the amounts two Republican challengers in the 13th Congressional District have on hand.
It’s already a tough district for a Republican candidate, and Budzinski’s fundraising advantage will make it more difficult. Budzinski won the district in 2022 by 13 percentage points.
She also got $10,000 contributions from a number of Democratic-affiliated groups such as Defend the Vote, the Fair Shot PAC of Rep. Katherine Clark of Massachusetts, the California Leadership United for Voters of Rep. Pete Aguilar, and the Perimeter PAC of Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois.
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