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Opponents not worried about Rauner's money

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 3:08 p.m. CDT
(Seth Perlman)
FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2013 file photo, venture capitalist Bruce Rauner, a Republican candidate for Illinois governor in 2014, speaks to supporters at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield. On Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, Rauner released his 2012 tax return. He reported more than $53 million in income while disclosing he has ownership stakes in three professional sports franchises, including the Chicago Bulls. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

SPRINGFIELD – Republican opponents of a wealthy Illinois candidate for governor aren't concerned about being outspent in the primary race to take on Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn next fall.

Winnetka venture capitalist Bruce Rauner has contributed more than $1 million to his own campaign.

He says he needs money to get voters familiar with popular ideas — familiarity that "career politicians" opposing him already have.

State Sen. Kirk Dillard says he doesn't begrudge Rauner his wealth. Rauner reported a 2012 income of $53 million. But Dillard says Rauner is a "RIMO": a "Republican in Money Only" because of a long association with Democrats.

Sen. Bill Brady says he'll raise enough money to have a "credible campaign" and Treasurer Dan Rutherford says he's a proven statewide candidate who can win.

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