MOLINE — U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling, R-Moline, relied little on political action committees in defeating former Rep. Phil Hare in last year’s election, but PACs have been generous to him since the election.
A new report filed this week with the Federal Election Commission said PACs donated a little more than $27,000 to Schilling between Nov. 23 and Dec. 31, the bulk of the $32,322 he raised.
Wal-Mart, the American Medical Association, Caterpillar Inc. and Archer Daniels Midland Co. were among the PAC donors.
Much of the money is going to retire debt from the 2010 campaign, according to the report. Schilling had about $54,000 in debt at the end of the year.
During the campaign, the Colona pizza shop owner raised a little more than
$1 million, but only about a fifth of it came from political action committees.
Former U.S. Rep. Phil Hare, D-Rock Island, raised about two-thirds of his
$1.3 million from PACs.
Terry Schilling, his father’s campaign manager, said it’s natural to see more PAC donations when a candidate takes office. But he added he expects the campaign to continue relying as much as it has on individuals.
“They have a connection to the campaign. They keep us honest,” he said.
Meanwhile, Schilling has relatively little money in the bank at the start of the 2012 election cycle, reporting he had $9,759.