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Schakowsky raises $455K for campaign

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U.S. Rep Jan Schakowsky of Evanston has raised over $455,000 for her 2012 re-election campaign in the last six months.

Newly-released data from the Federal Election Commission show that she raised $363,706 from individuals and $92,000 from political action committees in the half-year period ending June 30.

Contributions to Schakowsky are running about 20 percent behind the pace in the last election cycle, when she had raised $567,122 at this point, according to the FEC records.

In 2010 Schakowsky defeated conservative Republican Joel Pollak by a two-to-one margin — but that was the narrowest victory margin of her seven-term congressional career.

The biggest interest group contributions to the congresswoman so far this year were from union groups, with the communication workers, the boilermakers, the machinists and the Unite Here committee each contributing $5,000. Health care groups also were significant contributors to her campaign.

The FEC data shows Schakowsky spent $336,386 in campaign funds during the first half of the year and has cash on hand of $368,684.

No one has announced plans to challenge Schakowsky in next year's election. U.S. Rep Robert Dold's home was moved into Schakowsky's 9th District as a result of redistricting, but Dold says he plans to run again for the 10th District seat he now holds, rather than challenge Schakowsky.

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