Marie Newman speaks at a 2018 candidates forum with U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski in Palos Hills. Newman is seeking a primary rematch against Lipinski in 2020. (Nuccio DiNuzzo / Chicago Tribune)
Progressive challenger Marie Newman raised nearly twice as much money as conservative Democratic Rep. Dan Lipinski for the quarter ending Sept. 30, new federal fundraising reports showed Tuesday.
Newman, seeking a primary rematch against Lipinski after losing her March 2018 bid against the Southwest Side and south suburban lawmaker by 2.2 percentage points, reported raising $351,326 in the three-month period. Lipinski reported raising $177,741.
Still, the seven-term congressman from Western Springs held a slight advantage over Newman in terms of cash available to start October. Lipinski had $693,088 to Newman’s $514,237 in cash on hand.
A third Democratic candidate, activist and former broadcaster Rush Darwish of Chicago, raised $272,779 in the three-month period including a $62,000 loan to his campaign. He reported $318,113 in cash on hand to start this month.
Much of the attention has focused on Lipinski, a social conservative who opposes abortion, and Newman, an abortion-rights advocate from La Grange, and the strains it has placed on the House Democratic Party establishment and its traditional support of incumbents over primary challengers.
Newman has been endorsed by many progressive groups as well as by Democratic presidential contenders Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.
Newman also has been backed by freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, the face of the younger progressive movement among House Democrats. Donations to Newman in the last three months included $2,000 from Ocasio-Cortez after the Illinois Democrat refunded $3,000 to comply with campaign donation limits.
Other Newman donors included New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a onetime presidential contender, who gave $500. She also received another $500 from actress Susan Sarandon in the three-month period, bringing Sarandon’s total donations to her to $3,300.
Endorsed by many groups supporting abortion rights, Newman also got $5,000 from NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC and $3,199 in cash and assistance from the Planned Parenthood Action Fund PAC.
Lipinski received $5,600 from industrialist Lester Crown, CEO of Henry Crown & Co. Reflecting his status as Illinois’ senior member on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Lipinski also got $2,500 from the BNSF Railway PAC in the three-month period as well as $2,000 from the United Airlines Pilots PAC.
He also received some major donations from organized labor, including $5,000 from the United Association of Union Plumbers and Pipefitters PAC — part of $10,000 the group has given Lipinski overall this cycle.