CHICAGO – As the election approaches, the money starts flying.
TV ads. Media print. Radio and rallies. Fund-raisers, dinners, and speeches.
Campaigns run on dollars, and lots of moolah is needed to fuel a campaign run.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Sen. Mark Werner (D-Va) will help to bring in much needed funds by headlining a fund-raiser to be held in Chicago this Friday for Democratic State Senate nominee Alexi Giannoulias.
Meanwhile, Republicans have pledged $3.4 million to boost Mark Kirk’s chances for his race to capture Obama’s coveted Illinois Senate seat and the special election.
Kirk gladly received the $1.7 million for both races that go down on Nov. 2. Right now, the polls place him neck-in-neck with his democrat opponent Alexi Giannoulias. Looks like it’s going to be a hot race all the way to the finish.
Giannoulias’ fund-raising luncheon will take place on the West side in Greektown (I was just at the Greek Festival this past weekend), hosted by the Greek Islands Restaurant on Halsted.
Voters will cast their ballots twice on Nov. 2: a special election to complete the few weeks left of President Obama’s term in the Illinois Senate, as well as another vote for a candidate to fill the seat for the regular six year term.
You know what that means for both candidates–they have to raise cash for two elections. Double races. Double the money.
Giannoulias, the State Treasurer and GOP opponent Mark Kirk (D-Ill), have their work cut out for them as election day approaches. Kirk led in the polls in the beginning of 2010. He highlighted his campaign around Giannoulias’ family-run Broadway Bank debacle where federal regulators seized and sold the institution.
Kirk wants to continue to keep this issue ever-present in the minds of voters. In his ads the GOP candidate emphasizes Giannoulias’ role of vice president of the bank, in addition to his claim the democrat approved loans to mobsters. Check out Kirk’s video here.
Giannoulias got a big endorsement this week from war hero, four-star Gen. Wesley Clark at a rally in Millennium Park. Gen. Clark reminded voters of Kirk’s embellishment of his military record.
The deomocratic candidate is asking for donations of $1000 to $2,400 at his luncheon. Times two, don’t forget. One donation for the general election and one for the special general election. The ruling for the special general election came down earlier this month.
At the end of this senatorial race, Independents and undecided voters may make the difference in a tightly contested bid for the vacant state Senate seat. Obama stumped for his democratic buddy on Aug. 9, helping out with a fund-raiser in Chicago.
Truly, Obama’s endorsement may not make a difference come Nov. 2. Giannoulias may be on his own to garner the votes he needs in order to be victorious on election day. Double election day, at that!
Giannoulias advocates eliminating excess, greed, and a revamp of Wall Street. Congressman Kirk is a Wall Street crony, takes money from them and votes for their interests at every available opportunity.
For information, to volunteer or contribute to Alexi Giannoulias, visit here.
Get info, contribute, or volunteer for Mark Kirk here.
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