SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Dems using Walsh against Biggert and Dold

Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012

* The House Majority PAC says it will spend $2.4 million on ads linking moderate Republican US Reps. Judy Biggert and Bob Dold to Joe Walsh and other unpopular conservative people and causes.

* The first ad is about Walsh. Rate it

* This spot ties Biggert to George W. Bush, Paul Ryan and the Tea Party

* Meanwhile, income taxes and tax returns are now issues in the race

When Fox Chicago reported exclusively on Rep. Judy Biggert’s income tax returns two weeks ago, we noted that she is believed to be the wealthiest member of Illinois’s Congressional delegation. Her Democratic challenger, though, is even wealthier, a point underscored in her new attack ad.

A Foster spokesman said the 11th District congressional candidate is, indeed, a multi-millionaire. But he called just about everything else in his opponent’s new ad misleading. He said a theatrical stage lighting company Foster co-founded in 1975 did layoff 61 people during a downturn a decade ago, but it now employs more than ever: 650 in the U.S.

The new ad debuted as Foster released his income tax returns for the first time ever. One surprise in a review by Fox Chicago News: while preparing his campaign to return to Congress, Foster earned so little last year that he owed no income tax. His wife, Aesook Byon, also a physicist like Foster, filed her taxes separately. She made more than $200,000 in 2011. So, the couple paid about $55,000 in taxes — 24.7% of their income.

While Foster sold his interest in the lighting company to his partners in 2007, the payout will take 16 years and be taxed at the lower, capital gains rate. In 2010, for example, Foster and his wife received a combined $1.5 million, with 18.6% their effective joint tax rate.

* Biggert’s campaign pounced on the fact that Foster paid no income taxes last year. From a press release…

The Judy Biggert for Congress campaign today released the following statement from Naperville small businessman Jimmy Bergeron, owner of Jimmy’s Grill:

“I’m a hardworking small business owner and taxpayer, and the things Bill Foster voted for while he was in Washington makes it harder for me to keep my doors open. He’s running again, and he’s always talking about how he wants to raise taxes on people like me. So I was pretty angry when I saw on the news that he paid no federal incomes taxes last year. It’s incredibly hypocritical of Bill Foster to pay no taxes when he’s running around campaigning for higher taxes on hardworking small business owners.”

* The Biggert campaign also wants Foster to release more returns…

Over the weekend we learned that millionaire former Congressman Bill Foster paid no taxes last year. In keeping with a promise she made on Fox Chicago during a televised debate, Representative Biggert previously provided the last five years of her returns to the station. In the interest of transparency, the campaign will offer other members of the media the same opportunity. But it comes with a challenge - will Congressman Foster release the last five years of his and his wife’s returns to the media as well?

* Biggert has been running an ad claiming that the “millionaire former congressman” Foster outsourced jobs to Wisconsin and backed legislation that allegedly “sent jobs to China”

* In other news, the Illinois Education Association is going with Biggert

Rep. Judy Biggert (R-Hinsdale) has been endorsed by the Illinois Education Association. The announcement was made at Hinsdale South High School in Darien Monday.

Biggert is the incumbent running for the 11th Congressional District. Her opponent is Democrat Bill Foster.

Although some members of the Republican Party have actively said they don’t agree with teacher unions, Vice President Kathi Griffin of the Illinois Education Association said it’s important to look past Biggert’s political party.

“I think it’s important that we focus on what the candidate stands for,” Griffin said. “It’s not whether you are a Democrat or Republican. It’s whether you’re a friend to education, and that’s what we see in Judy Biggert and why we are endorsing her.”

* It’s big money

Even better than the recommendation — IEA does not use the word “endorse” — the group’s national parent, the National Education Association, several days ago quietly disclosed a $546,000 “independent expenditure” on her behalf.

That’ll most certainly boost her moderate cred.

* The Tribune endorsement won’t hurt, either

A vote for Biggert would be a vote for fiscal restraint. And her re-election would be a constant, nagging reminder to House Speaker Michael Madigan and the rest of his crafty mapmakers that the voters don’t like being used as pawns.

Always with the Madigan.

* And I can’t remember if I posted this last week, so here’s the US Chamber’s latest ad against Foster

* Related…

* How Biggert, Foster differ on foreign policy

- Posted by Rich Miller        


8 Comments
  1. - OneMan - Tuesday, Oct 9, 12 @ 9:54 am:

    While Foster sold his interest in the lighting company to his partners in 2007, the payout will take 16 years and be taxed at the lower, capital gains rate.

    Wait, I thought the lower tax rate on cap gains was bad and a tool of the rich in the eyes of Democrats? I suspect Foster feels differently…


  2. - just sayin' - Tuesday, Oct 9, 12 @ 10:14 am:

    Yep, the tea party has come full circle in record time. Formed in 2010, by 2012 it’s flamed out become a huge liability for gop candidates.

    Besides, tea parties are for little girls with imaginary friends.


  3. - Shore - Tuesday, Oct 9, 12 @ 10:49 am:

    I think those ads pretty much sum up Democrats failure at the congressional level for the cycle. They’re just not that great and a missed opportunity. Democrats spent the last 18 months bragging about how they’d use Ryan and now they’re using a freshman congressman no one had heard of until 24 months ago? Maybe it’s because their varsity is working on the obama campaign ads, but this isn’t the quality of stuff that’s made Illinois Democrats a power here for so long.

    Madigan maybe an institution to some, but the Tribune is right, to the rest of the state, he’s a symbol of what’s wrong and these congressional candidates have used his redistricting as a key selling point to donors and the media as to why they can win/should be taken seriously as candidates.


  4. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Oct 9, 12 @ 11:08 am:

    –Rep. Judy Biggert (R-Hinsdale) has been endorsed by the Illinois Education Association. The announcement was made at Hinsdale South High School in Darien Monday.–

    The announcement was scheduled to be made at Hinsdale Central.

    But school officials there had to cancel as they’re still in shock from the OPRF Huskies coming back from being down 28-7 and winning 42-41 in OT Friday night.

    Revenge for the Whitelaw “Fumble” game. Go Huskies!


  5. - Responsa - Tuesday, Oct 9, 12 @ 11:08 am:

    The Biggert “white out” ad is kind of clever but does it make any practical sense for Dems to run it? Is there anyone voting in that district who doesn’t already know she is a proud Repub and has won past congressional races as a Repub and has therefore associated with Repub leadership? Is there any reason to suspect she is running from that now or is trying to hide it or to separate herself from traditional Repub economic and foreign relations policies? I guess I find the ad’s focus strange and off the mark in that respect.


  6. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Oct 9, 12 @ 11:16 am:

    – Is there anyone voting in that district who doesn’t already know she is a proud Repub and has won past congressional races as a Repub and has therefore associated with Repub leadership?–

    How many spots have you seen from GOP candidates, or Dems, highlighting their party affiliation?


  7. - Morgan - Tuesday, Oct 9, 12 @ 2:21 pm:

    The people of the 10th are very informed and engaged voters. They know Bob Dold is not a Tea Partier like Joe Walsh.


  8. - walkinfool - Tuesday, Oct 9, 12 @ 2:31 pm:

    Hubris to think Walsh is such an automatic loser, that he can help drag down other candidates. He just might have the last laugh.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Next week's pressers
* Today's long story
* Rauner approval rating: 40-36
* AP and Chicago Tribune - Study: Exelon subsidy would cost $1.6B over 5 years
* Question of the day
* Illinois Credit Unions – A Smarter Choice
* Advertisers behaving badly
* Your daily "right to work" roundup
* *** UPDATED x1 *** It's just a bill...
* Ford plant reaches 100,000 cop car milestone
* House approves marijuana tickets
* *** LIVE *** Session coverage
* More cuts announced
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * IFA GPC 2015 wrap-up: from healing wearables to virtual kitchens
        * Hello?! Nokia Releases Official Statement Denying Reports It Will Return To Mobile Handsets
        * Our 5 favourite new Windows Phone apps of the week
        * Huawei P8 Lite now available to pre-order through independent retailer in Germany
        * Do we need new designs and form factors?
        * Verizon’s HTC One (M8) bug crashing apps left and right
        * Verizon to sell LG’s Watch Urbane for $349 from April 28th

        * Five Best Everyday Carry Knives
        * How Guided Search Is Changing Pinterest’s Business
        * UsableHomeButton Makes Firefox’s Home Button Useful Again
        * India’s Ratan Tata Buys Stake in Chinese Phone Maker Xiaomi
        * Battle of the Flagships – Xiaomi Mi 4i vs Mi 4 vs Asus Zenfone 2
        * 5 extremely easy photo edits to use before you post
        * Today's Best Deals: Cameras, Grills, and Car Gear for Summer

        * Danks to get the call following suspended game
        * White Sox place Albers on DL, may need Rodon to start
        * Sale, Samardzija suspended following fracas
        * Jeff Samardzija, Chris Sale receive five-game suspensions for roles...
        * 6 players suspended in Royals-White Sox fracas
        * White Sox hope they've found spark to slay mighty KC
        * Danks eyes first win in rematch with Volquez, Royals

        ...............


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        April 2015
        March 2015
        February 2015
        January 2015
        December 2014
        November 2014
        October 2014
        September 2014
        August 2014
        July 2014
        June 2014
        May 2014
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * Illinois GOP targets political hiring; Democrat.....
        * Rauner appointee to Illinois Gaming Board heads.....
        * CBOF Celebrates 48 in Chicago..
        * Springfield can be speedy when it wants to..
        * New Illinois schools chief says funding fix cou.....


        * 2 sentences reduced in St. Clair courthouse drug scandal
        * Fatal Metropolis police shooting deemed justified
        * Thunderstorms force cancellation of end of Illinois Marathon
        * New Illinois schools chief says funding fix could take years
        * Illinois woman killed by train was trying to rescue opossum
        * Armenian-American judge marks WWI-era killings
        * Bill would allow Illinois students to opt out of state tests
        * Medicaid hit with $106 million cut from Illinois budget deal
        * Chicago Armenians mark centennial of genocide of 1.5M
        * Authorities: Ottawa man killed, cremated in burn pile

        * New state school superintendent says funding fix could take years
        * Crib bumper bills bump heads in General Assembly
        * Statehouse Insider: Rauner's story of unions stifling innovation "sounds like pure fiction," union says
        * New schools chief says funding fix could take years
        * State budget fix includes $106M in Medicaid cuts
        * House passes bill to create high-speed rail oversight panel
        * Bill would allow students to opt out of state tests
        * Illinois House OKs time limit on storing license plate data
        * House passes bill to create high speed rail oversight panel
        * House passes bill treating marijuana possession like speeding ticket

        * The opportunity in boomers and their aching backs
        * Here's how Method's new Chicago factory went green—and how much it cost
        * Up on the roof, it's green as can be
        * Getting to Platinum LEED requires lead time
        * Letters to the editor


          * Missing U of Colorado student from Western Springs located
          * Burglars try, fail to break into Mag Mile store
          * Firefighters battle blaze at candle warehouse in Batavia
          * 8 wounded in city shootings
          * Woman, 23, fatally shot in Gary
          * Police warn of West Side burglaries
          * Wisconsin man climbing Everest survives avalanche triggered by Nepal quake
          * 2 men charged with shooting at off-duty police officer
          * Man on parole for choking woman is arrested on cyberstalking charge
          * 'Cab hustler' arrested at O'Hare, 12 hours after cops chased him from airport


          * Illinois prisons chief says union contracts causing problems
          * Sheriff Dart to investigate unlicensed rehab centers
          * Rauner's first 100 days: The fight between unions and Rauner
          * Large provider of Chicago mental health services, C4, is closing
          * After detective’s acquittal in fatal shooting, prosecutors face criticism
          * Mayor Emanuel taps CTA director to be chief of staff
          * Portage Park church mourns 'favorite son' Cardinal George
          * Lawmakers fast-track bill on Obama library, Lucas museum
          * Emanuel announces more FAA meetings on O'Hare noise
          * Cook County prosecutor to try new approach to drug crimes


          * New state school superintendent says funding fix could take years
          * Crib bumper bills bump heads in General Assembly
          * Bernard Schoenburg: Downstate representation gone from Illinois Commerce Commission
          * Statehouse Insider: Rauner's story of unions stifling innovation "sounds like pure fiction," union says
          * Statehouse Insider: Rauner's story of unions stifling innovation "sounds like pure fiction," union says
          * Our Opinion: The promise and the perils of YouTube
          * Andy Shaw: Preserve police conduct records to better serve and protect
          * Angie Muhs: Reader panel will help connect Springfield to its newspaper
          * Deckle McLean: Independent voters the new political wild card
          * Charles Krauthammer: Obama's Nixon doctrine: Anointing Iran


          * Civil War Timeline: Logan at Raleigh
          * Divorces
          * Camel Rock on reverse of 2016 Illinois quarter
          * The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, April 26, 2015
          * Governor's cuts will cost even more
          * Witty headlines a pleasure to read
          * Battle Buddies share persistence
          * Crime blotter 4/27/15
          * Boating season: New dock just one improvement at Clinton Lake
          * Guest commentary: ADP technology could help save lives


          * Ceremonies mark liberation of 2 Nazi camps 70 years ago
          * Image from the quake: Heavy damage in Nepal ancient city
          * More than 2,200 confirmed dead in Nepal earthquake
          * Memphis guard Mike Conley leaves with facial injury
          * Rozner: Blackhawks exhale after surviving Preds

          * Waterford Racing Club one-two at local league
          * Olson urges Obama transparency on federal ...
          * Bost is impressed by McKendree intern
          * Republicans back bill letting illegal immi...
          * Armenian-American judge marks centennial o...
          * Biden, at U.of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, ...
          * Olson urges Obama transparency on federal ...
          * Armenian-American US judge marks genocide ...
          * Hariri from US: moderation key to fighting...
          * Armenians Commemorate Centennial Of Genoci...

          * Garry Trudeau on Charlie Hebdo, Doonesbury......
          * Loretta Lynch overcomes lengthy confirmati......

          * Battle Buddies share persistence...
          * Kirk, Rubio Condemn Iranian Espionage Char......

          * We almost beat Representative Christian Mitchell last year and he won’t let it go. Wait until we beat him next time.
          * Raunigan.
          * Sunday posts, pics and tweets.
          * Chiraq
          * I got a nice note from my colleague Curtis House. “You can’t represent sitting on your assets.”
          * Here are the undecideds on the opt out HB 306. Make the call.
          * My afternoon at the Network for Public Education Chicago conference.
          * Illinois House members Ives, Sandack outraged over College of DuPage scandals [video]
          * Lipinski, Roskam, Hultgren warn against Illinois' proposal to oppress free exercise of religion
          * Resolution to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank moves in the Illinois House


          * IDPH Moves to Eliminate Meningococcal Meningitis - New Vaccination Requirements for Adolescents
          * YOUR ACTIONS MATTER! kicks off statewide as preparations begin for new server training law
          * Emergency Management Officials Launch Weather Alert Radio Contest - ‘Weather Alert Radios Save Lives’ contest promotes awareness; 100 radios to be awarded
          * IDOT Launches Statewide Listening Tour to Discuss Illinois Infrastructure Needs, Priorities
          * Illinois Student Assistance Commission Encourages Families To Learn About Personal Finance During Money Smart Week Event





              Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller