(Chicago, IL) — January 22, 2010. In his insurgent campaign against State Rep. Suzie Bassi (R-Palatine), conservative Tom Morrison has made door-to-door campaigning the centerpiece of his effort to unseat the six-term, moderate Bassi, racking-up an impressive 304.9 miles walked in the far north western Cook County district.
But Morrison has racked up less money.
In the last six-months, Morrison has raised $48,320 compared to $65,950 for Bassi, according to Illinois State Board of Elections records. Of that amount, Morrison, a businessman and former teacher at the Christian Liberty Academy, is the biggest donor to his campaign, giving $8,500.
Morrison’s next largest donor is the Republican Renaissance PAC, kicking in $8,000. Bassi’s biggest giver, William Rose, the CEO of Rose Packing, dropped $11,800 into her coffers.
However, Morrison’s campaign has spent $39,806 and had only $9,630 on hand at the end of 2009, compared to Bassi who spent $32,081 and had $49,748 in the bank.
And in 2010, Morrison reports no contributions above $500 as required by state law. In contrast, Bassi, who recently snagged the endorsement of the Illinois State Rifle Association, has hauled in $30,751.
Given the money disparity, Morrison will need to walk a few more miles in the next 11 days if he hopes to upset Bassi on February 2.
The calendar is working against him.