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Follow the Money: Patrick Windhorst

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WSIL -- In one of the most competitive General Assembly races in Illinois, Democratic incumbent Natalie Phelps Finnie and Republican Patrick Windhorst are vying to represent the 118th district in Springfield.

After a slow start to the campaign season, Windhorst has run ads for the last month.

The uptick in spending, comes along with a major uptick in contributions. 

After announcing his run last August, the Massac County state's attorney has raised more than half-a-million dollars, the majority coming in the last month and a half.

Nearly $490,000, or almost 95 percent of Windhorst's funding has come from the Illinois Republican Party and the House Republican Organization, a GOP political action committee (PAC). 

About $220,000 of that has been in direct funding, which the campaign has used to run television ads, among other expenses. 

$270,000 has been as in-kind contributions, including sending out mailers and paying staff salaries on the campaign's behalf. 

Current Republican Governor Bruce Rauner is the main contributor to the Illinois Republican Party and House Republican Organization, donating more than $40 million combined.

Finnie says this should concern voters, "This is Rauner directly supporting Patrick Windhorst. That is a major concern, He's the worst governor that's ever served in the state. He's failed the state and now he's wanting Patrick Windhorst to be representative. That's a problem."

Windhorst says it should be expected the governor supports his own party, adding it's Finnie's connections to House Speaker Mike Madigan that should worry voters.

"They'll have a chance in November to vote for governor, but the only way they can control who's Speaker of the House is through their vote for state representative," he said. "A vote for me is a vote for a change and away from Mike Madigan. A vote for my opponent is a vote for Mike Madigan as speaker."

Windhorst has raised about $25,000 combined from Individuals, businesses, and special interest groups.

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Click here to view our "Follow the Money" on Windhorst's opponent, Natalie Phelps Finnie.

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