Cash flow keeps streaming along

By Ann Knef | Oct 26, 2004

Plaintiff's attorney John Barry Julian, an asbestos specialist with Wise & Julian of Alton, contributed $50,000.

Shattering a campaign cash contribution record for any Supreme Court seat in the country, the high court race between Washington County Circuit Court Judge Lloyd Karmeier and Appellate Court Judge Gordon E. Maag shows no signs of petering out a week before the election.

Karmeier's camp reports robust fundraising of more than $1.2 million over a couple of working days, the bulk of which came from a $900,000-plus contribution by the Illinois Republican Party.

The IRP received $950,000 last week from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The newly-formed Maag-backing political action committee 'Justice For All', which is running radio commercials promoting good deeds performed by trial lawyers, has now been infused with $550,000 to date.

Godfrey attorney John Barry Julian contributed $50,000 to the PAC on Monday.

Justice for All was initially seeded with cash by fellow attorney Randall Bono ($195,000) and the SimmonsCooper law firm of East Alton ($200,000).

The St. Clair County Democratic organization also had a busy week, taking in more than $48,000 since Oct. 20.

St. Clair County Circuit Judge James Donovan contributed $3,000 on Oct. 20; Board Chairman John Baricevic gave $16,000, Coroner Rick Stone gave $11,500; State Rep. Dan Reitz gave $1,771; Belleville trial attorney Thomas Keefe gave $5,000 and Circuit Clerk Barney Metz anteed $11,360.74 out of his own pocket.

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