Krishnamoorthi’s fundraising prowess makes him a formidable candidate to challenge in Illinois
Following a contested primary and general election contest in the 2022 election cycle, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) raised over $1.4 million in just the first three months of the 2024 election cycle.
Not only has he significantly beaten his own personal quarterly fundraising record, but also far surpassed the vast majority of all federal candidates for elected office in the United States.
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Most of the money comes from grassroots donations, indicating that Krishnamoorthiâ€™s support among a diverse geographic, ideological, ethnic, and religious political coalition.
For context, this means in just the first three months of the 2024 election cycle, Krishnamoorthi raised approximately what his 2022 primary and general election challengers raised in total together for the entire 2022 cycle.
These huge numbers show that anyone interested in taking on Krishnamoorthi is in for a significant challenge.
â€œHe is a strong fundraiser because he is extremely popular,â€ said one Illinois Democratic operative. â€œHe always shows up, he always lends a helping hand, and he always advocates for the issues that his community cares about. Itâ€™s not that complicated. And itâ€™s also not that complicated to see that heâ€™s undefeatable.â€
Yet, while Rep. Krishnamoorthi raises resources to defend against challenges to his Illinois 8th Congressional District seat, he has also emerged as national leader in helping Democrats win back the majority in the US House of Representatives.
According to a story earlier this week in Politicoâ€™s Illinois Playbook, Krishnamoorthi â€œleads all Democrats in Congress in hitting his fundraising goal for dues owed to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).â€
Punchbowl News also reported last week that he has already raised $2.6 million for the DCCC, ranking him the third-highest fundraiser for the Democratsâ€™ campaign arm out of the 213 Democrats currently serving in the US House of Representatives.
Krishnamoorthi declined to comment for this story, but a spokesperson for the Congressmanâ€™s campaign said â€œCongressman Raja is proud of the strong support he has received to continue to serve as the US Representative of Illinoisâ€™ 8th Congressional District, which he will not take for granted.â€