STERLING – Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-East Moline, doesn't issue news releases about her fundraising efforts. Few congressmen do.
But she has raised $449,520 so far for the 2014 election. That isn't unusual, particularly for a candidate running in a competitive district.
Bustos, whose district includes Whiteside County, was in Sterling on Thursday for a tour of Astec Mobile Screens. Afterward, Sauk Valley Media briefly interviewed her about fundraising. She revealed little.
Asked about how many fundraising calls she makes a week, Bustos said she had "no idea." But she added that she is in constant contact with constituents.
Congressmen often call potential donors from lists compiled by party organizations. Bustos said members of Congress get their lists from different sources, but wouldn't identify where she receives hers.
She also wouldn't give any information about her fundraising events.
"My family has given me money. My former boss has given me money," she said.
But she didn't shed light on the other types of donors – particularly those from out of state.
Two Republicans, former Rep. Bobby Schilling and Democrat-turned-Republican Eric Reyes, have announced they're running for the GOP nomination. Schilling lost to Bustos last year.