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Blagojevich accumulated more than $4 million for his reelection, until his governorship came tumbling down last winter. That's an incredible sum, considering that he raised that money two years before the election and considering how unpopular Blagojevich was even before his arrest.
It's in that context that the fundraising numbers for the new governor, Pat Quinn, are decidedly unimpressive, even if they have improved lately. The Chicago Tribune has the details:Gov. Pat Quinn has traditionally been a poor fundraiser, but state campaign finance records filed Monday show that once he replaced the ousted Rod Blagojevich and vowed to run for governor next year, his contributions skyrocketed to more than $860,000.
Hynes is expected to decide soon whether he's running. While there are some indications that Quinn can and will ramp up his fundraising quickly, the governor's meager total could give Hynes a reason to run and could also keep potential Republicans (all of whom have less money than Quinn right now) competitive.
On the other hand, Quinn has a good talking point here as he tries to draw contrasts between himself and the governor who preceded him. When you think about it, is it really healthy to raise money as much money as Rod Blagojevich?
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