Illinois: 1st Lesson in Being a Member: Raise Dough

Posted March 18, 2009 at 5:59pm

Cook County Commissioner Mike Quigley (D) isn’t even in Congress yet and he’s wasting no time fundraising like he’s already a Member.

With only a few weeks until he appears on the ballot in the special election to succeed White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Quigley hosted a high-dollar fundraising reception near the Capitol on Wednesday night to benefit his campaign.

Political action committees doled out $5,000 to co-host the reception, $2,500 to sponsor the event and $1,000 to be a patron for the likely future Congressman. For individuals, tickets cost $4,000 to co-host, $2,400 to sponsor and $1,000 to be a patron.

Quigley emerged from a crowded primary to win the Democratic nod on March 3 despite being outspent by several of his opponents. He is expected to easily win the special on April 7 and become the next Congressman from the north Chicago district.