Tammy Duckworth Closing In on $400,000 Quarter

Posted September 30, 2011 at 5:22pm

Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth (D) has raised at least $387,000 for her campaign for the open 8th district seat in Illinois.

Duckworth’s campaign announced her most recent fundraising total today in a last minute email plea to her supporters before the midnight fundraising deadline.

She’ll use the funds to face former Illinois Deputy Treasurer Raja Krishnamoorthi in the Democratic primary next March.

Several well-known fundraisers aided Duckworth’s haul during her first quarter in the race. Former White House adviser David Axelrod hosted an event for Duckworth in Chicago, and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.) sent a fundraising email on her behalf to his list of supporters.

Additionally, Duckworth made a visit to her childhood home of Hawaii this week to raise money. The entire Aloha State’s Congressional delegation, plus Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D), hosted a fundraiser for her there, according to Duckworth’s campaign.

“We’re off to a great start. It’s people like you — plus leaders like Senator Dick Durbin — who made it possible,” Duckworth’s campaign manager Josh Levin said in the email.

Mike Murray, a spokesman for Krishnamoorthi’s campaign, said the candidate’s third quarter fundraising totals were not yet available.

Krishnamoorthi raised a hefty $412,000 during the second quarter of this year. Duckworth did not announce her candidacy until after the end of the second quarter.

Rep. Joe Walsh (R) represents the current 8th district, but Democrats drew his home into the 14th district under the new Congressional map and he has said he will run there. The redrawn 8th district favors Democrats.