A Tea Party group threw a few crumbs at Republican candidate Paul McKinley in the waning days of the race to replace Jesse Jackson Jr.
The Washington D.C.-based Tea Party Leadership Fund, spent about $18,000 on McKinley for online ads and calls, according to FEC reports.
The contributions are a pittance when put up against the more than $2.2 million that the Independence USA political action committee spent in the primary to boost Robin Kelly, a Democrat.
The election for Jesse Jackson’s old seat is Tuesday.
Since a heated Democratic primary race — believed to be the biggest hurdle for the candidate — Kelly has kept a low profile. Though the race was intense, Kelly won decisively.
The 2nd congressional district, which stretches from Chicago’s South Shore to Kankakee, is overwhelmingly Democratic.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s PAC backed Kelly after she emerged as the leading candidate for gun-control.
McKinley has a different view on the matter.
“We are kidding ourselves if we think disarming law-abiding citizens will prevent the urban slaughter that is happening on our streets,” McKinley says in a campaign message on his web site.