Follow the Money: Bryant vs. Griffin - WSIL-TV 3 Southern Illinois

Follow the Money: Bryant vs. Griffin

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WSIL -- In an election cycle filled with expensive races up and down the ballot, the 115th district is shaping up to be one of the more costly in southern Illinois. 

Democrat Marsha Griffin is looking to unseat two-term Incumbent Terri Bryant, who has historically been a prolific fundraiser, and this time around is no exception.

So far this cycle Bryant has brought in $868,249.62 compared to $167,965.10 for Griffin.

The majority of the money for both candidates is coming from their respective parties and affiliated political action committees (PACs). 

Since the Beginning of 2017, Bryant has received $464,715.32 from the Illinois Republican Party ($80,651.13) and House Republican Organization ($384,064.19).

Of that, $187,299.32 was in-kind contributions, including sending out mailers and paying salaries on the campaign's behalf.

The other $277,416 was direct cash transfers, leaving Bryant’s campaign well funded. 

On the other side of the aisle, it’s a different story: Griffin has received $135,350.25 from the Democratic Party of Illinois ($83,625.06) and the Democratic Majority PAC ($51,725.19).

All of it, however, has been in-kind contributions, leaving her campaign cash-poor compared to her opponent. 

Bryant’s fundraising advantage has led to a major advantage in the airwaves. 

While Griffin has yet to appear on television, Bryant has already dropped $132,905 on television ads so far, a figure that’s still ramping up with Election Day now less than a month away. 

Bryant has racked up big fundraising numbers outside of her party too, receiving almost $400,000 from unions ($231,000), special interest groups ($82,235.10), and businesses ($58,622.68).

Among the same groups Griffin has brought in a little more than $30,000.

The two are also far apart on individual contributions. 

While Bryant has brought in $23,985 from individuals, Griffin has raised just $1,250.

That number should go up for both candidates when the new campaign finance reports are released later this month.

If there's a politician whose finances you'd like us to profile, send an email to followthemoney@wsiltv.com.

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