When Lisa Madigan was getting ready to run for attorney general in 2002, her father took her to one of his golf outings and placed her next to him in the receiving line. All the donors who had come to pay obeisance to Michael Madigan, the most powerful man in Illinois politics, were also introduced to his daughter.
They got the message. Lisa raised $3.5 million, nearly $1 million more than her opponent, John Schmidt, the Mayer, Brown and Platt, former McPier chairman and gubernatorial candidate. Her family ties crushed his resume, 58 percent to 41 percent.
You just can’t raise more money than two Madigans grabbing cash at the same time. Now, Pat Quinn is finding that out. Quinn is the governor of the fifth-largest state in the U.S., but in the first three months of this year, he’s raised less money than his attorney general. Lisa: $800,000. Pat: $565,000. He also has less money in the bank. Lisa: $4.4 million. Pat: $1.5 million. (Pat had to spend, spend, spend to eke out his primary and general election victories in 2010. Lisa had no significant opposition.)
Among Republicans, financier Bruce Rauner’s “exploratory” committee raised more than $1 million, while state treasurer Dan Rutherford raised $300,000 and had $740,000 in the bank.
This post was originally published April 16, 2013.