Heading into the final stretch, Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and his Republican nemesis Bruce Rauner have each racked up hugely expensive campaign tabs ahead of Nov. 4's election.
In the period from July to September, the super-rich Rauner—who recently replenished his war chest with another $3 million from his own pocket—spent $20.4 million in his bid to dethrone Quinn, while the incumbent shelled out $15.2 million in part on increasingly negative media attacks against his formidable foe, according to the Illinois Board of Elections.
Rauner ended the third quarter with about $3.7 million in cash at hand; Quinn had $4.8 million. The former raised $20.5 million in donations over that three-month span; the latter collected $8.3 million.
"Our campaign is gaining supporters every day and we've picked up even more momentum since Pat Quinn admitted that he wants another massive tax hike in exactly three weeks," the Winnetka venture capitalist says in the Chicago Sun-Times.
Though Rauner touts thousands in small-time individual contributions, the multi-millionaire has raked in big money from deep-pocketed donors including hedge fund mogul Ken Griffin, who's given a collective (and record-breaking) $3.57 million.