From Former Quigley Supporter:
Congressional Updates 6th & 14th Districts 8/16/19
Oberweis, Gradel, Sanguinetti 2nd Quarter Fundraising Elevates Them to NRCC “On the Radar” Status
IL-14 Republican candidates Jim Oberweis and Ted Gradel and IL-06 Republican candidate Evelyn Sanguinetti achieved “On the Radar” fundraising threshold to be part of the “Young Guns Program”, as explained by the National Republican Congressional Committee excerpt:
The eligibility threshold to be labeled “On the Radar” is 2nd quarter fundraising exceeding $100,000, as filed on Federal Elections Commission (FEC) campaign disclosure forms for the period April 1 through June 30.
This recognition happens because these candidates declared their candidacies in the first half of 2019 and raised the minimal $100,000, including loans to themselves, to qualify.
James Marter and Danny Malouf did not attain the fundraising threshold, and in Marter’s case, he declared his candidacy on May 30.
IL-14 candidate Sue Rezin and IL-06 candidate Jeanne Ives did not declare their respective candidacies until July.
IL-14 candidate Anthony Catella has not yet filed his candidacy with the FEC.
- NRCC Link: https://www.nrcc.org/2019/08/16/nrcc-announces-43-on-the-radar-candidates-in-first-round-of-young-guns-program
Oberweis and Gradel Owe Financial Disclosure Filings with the House Clerk’s Office
IL-14 candidates Jim Oberweis and Ted Gradel both owe the U.S. House Clerk’s office their respective Financial Disclosure Statements as required by federal law and enforced by the House Ethics Commission, even for House candidates.
Please note, the Financial Disclosure Statements are NOT the same as Campaign Disclosure reports which are required to be filed quarterly through the FEC.
The Financial Disclosure report is comparable to the “Statement of Economic Interests” form required for state and local candidates and officeholders in Illinois, but is far more detailed for federal candidates and officeholders.
Generally, once a candidate files their FEC statement of candidacy and when the candidate exceeds $5,000 in contributions including loans to themselves or $5,000 in expenses, the candidate has 30 days to file the Financial Disclosure Statement.
Oberweis filed his FEC candidacy paperwork in late February and Gradel filed his in late April.
According to the House Clerk’s website, neither Oberweis or Gradel have filed for a 90-day extension, which is always granted upon request.
Extensions are also documented on the House Clerk’s website.
Now that Oberweis and Gradel have been elevated to the NRCC “On the Radar” status (see above), obeying all laws for candidates will be scrutinized more, including by potential donors and especially voters.
Here is the status of the other Republican candidates in the 6th and 14th districts on the filing of their Financial Disclosure Statements:
- Evelyn Sanguinetti — filed statement on May 20
- Jeanne Ives — filed FEC candidacy July 18, August 17 is 30 days after FEC filing, her statement or extension should be filed by middle of next week
- Anthony Catella — has not filed candidacy with the FEC
- Danny Malouf — filed statement on June 23, had not reached $5,000 threshold, but filed anyway
- James Marter — filed statement on June 27
- Sue Rezin — extension filed, deadline now November 6
Obeying all applicable laws, including the required filing of Financial Disclosure Statements, is one of many ways to evaluate candidates, and Oberweis and Gradel should remedy their respective tardiness as soon as possible.
While currently, Jeanne Ives’ campaign is not yet officially late, and her paperwork may not have yet been posted to the House Clerk’s website, her campaign should make sure there is no issue with her filings, too.
The Republicans who win the nomination in their respective districts will need to file an updated Financial Disclosure Statement by mid May of 2020.
House Clerk’s Financial Disclosure