New Heights for Campaign Donations

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Mountains of campaign donation money are nothing new to Illinois political campaigns, but state records show they could reach new heights for next week's election.

The eight major-party candidates for five statewide constitutional offices so far have brought in more than thirty-three million dollars.

The total is approaching records from four years ago.

The largest donations are led by the governor's race.

Democrat Governor Rod Blagojevich and Republican Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka have collected more than twenty-two million dollars.

Campaign watchdogs and some legislators look at the jaw-dropping size of donations and see a need to regulate the state's campaign finance system.