Bustos raises $330K in fourth quarter

Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) hauled in $330,000 in the last three months of 2013 and has more than $800,000 in the bank, her campaign announced Monday morning.

Bustos raised more than $1 million in 2013 for her rematch against former Rep. Bobby Schilling (R-Ill.), a strong figure for the freshman congresswoman.

"Our grassroots campaign is humbled to have the strong support of so many across our region of Illinois," Bustos campaign manager Jeremy Jansen said in a release. "Cheri Bustos is running to continue her fight to bring middle class values back to Washington.  We need representatives like Cheri in Congress with the right priorities."

Schilling has yet to announce his fourth quarter fundraising numbers. He had $160,000 in the bank after his first three months in the race. The one-term former congressman historically has not been a strong fundraiser but is known as a skilled grassroots campaigner.

Bustos won their first race by six points, helped some by President Obama's presence on the ticket in his home state. The district leans Democratic, and Bustos is viewed by most as the slight favorite — a view helped by her latest solid fundraising quarter.

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