The Madison County Record Sep. 4, 2014, 4:30pm

Pundits doubt the commitment of Congressional Democrats to the campaign of Ann Callis, but no other group has committed itself to Callis more than they have.

Her finances have floundered, not through a shortage of individual contributions but through an inability to tap political action committees beyond those of Congressional Democrats, unions, and stalwarts like Sierra Club and trial lawyers.

Callis raised $303,692 from political action committees through June 30, and incumbent Rodney Davis raised $1,595,446.

Callis raised at least a third of her total from current Congressional campaigns or from standing committees that Senators and Representatives operate.

Davis raised money at the Capitol too, but he raised eight times as much away from there.

Callis collected more cash from House minority whip Steny Hoyer than from anyone else.

He gave $12,000 from a political action committee, Ameripac, and $4,000 from his campaign.

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California nearly matched Hoyer, giving $10,000 from her Pac to the Future and $4,000 from her campaign.

Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois gave $10,000 from his Prairie Pac, and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York gave $10,000 from her Off the Sidelines.

Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina gave $7,000; Rep. Steve Israel of New York gave $6,500 and Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Illinois gave $6,000.

Several incumbents gave $5,000, including Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri. She also gave $5,000 from Missourians for Accountability and Change.

About two fifths of what Callis raised from political action committees came from unions.

Five public employee unions gave $10,000 each, as did electrical workers, machinists, and the food and commercial union.

Davis raised more than $200,000 from agricultural businesses alone, according to the Open Secrets website.

His Congressional supporters include former Speaker Dennis Hastert of Illinois, former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, and Rep. Ann Wagner of Missouri.

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