* From the Windy City Times…
A former marine sergeant who was kicked out of the military for being gay has formed his own political action committee to rally support for the passage of SB10. His group will concentrate mainly on building support in communities of color.
Marquell Smith said that being in the Marines had taught him the importance of sacrifice, and he hoped that his new PAC, Inclusive Community Project ( ICP ), would impart that relevance to members of the public who want to see same-sex marriage brought to Illinois.
At ICP’s inaugural gathering Oct. 3 at the Sheraton hotel & Towers, 301 N. Water St., Smith said that when he was let go from the service under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, he was offered an honorable discharge only if he promised not to fight the charges. But he refused to keep quiet about them.
The PAC hasn’t yet reported raising any money. It does have a website, however.
* Meanwhile, Paul Caprio of Family PAC has formed a new political action committee called Illinois Families First. It’s only contribution so far is $25,000 from Richard Uihlein.
* A recent backgrounder from Crain’s…
Lake Forest businessman Richard Uihlein doesn’t want government getting its paws on his money. To stop it, he’s giving big chunks of it to conservative Republicans and their tea party allies instead.
In the last two and a half years, the low-profile CEO has outspent Chicago hedge-fund tycoon Kenneth Griffin to become Illinois’ largest GOP donor nationwide, according to Sunlight Foundation, a campaign finance watchdog group in Washington. He has contributed nearly $4 million to national tea party candidates and their super-PAC juggernaut, plus almost $1.8 million to the most conservative candidates and causes in Illinois.
“I’m a conservative Republican, and I’m trying to help people who believe as I do in limited government and free markets,” says Mr. Uihlein, 68. “I’m not one to hide from that.” […]
Mr. Uihlein scoffs at the idea that GOP contributors should support more moderate Republicans who have a greater chance to win, particularly in a Democratic-leaning state such as Illinois. That means “it’s terrible to be principled,” he says. “You’ve got to be principled.” He’s appalled that a conservative could “be labeled an obstructionist because you’ve got principles, for Christ’s sake.”
Like most of the other rich guys in the state, Uihlein is backing Bruce Rauner for governor.