SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
The Rauner connection

Thursday, Nov 7, 2013

* Bernie

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner has donated more than $500,000 to the Illinois Policy Institute over the last five years.

The institute, which bills itself as a free-market, liberty-based organization, promotes a range of policies and has writers in an offshoot called the Illinois News Network, which provides stories free of charge to newspapers. That is troubling. […]

I first learned of the Illinois News Network when I covered some events this summer with a new reporter from that organization — Jackson Adams. One event was at the State Fair, when reporters surrounded Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. Adams asked the governor why a 401(k)-style plan wasn’t part of a pension-reform plan. That’s a fair question, but it also is true that the policy institute likes the 401(k) model for public employees. So does Rauner. […]

Charlie Wheeler, director of the Public Affairs Reporting master’s degree program at the University of Illinois Springfield, said he looks at a news-producing offshoot of the policy institute as being part of its agenda. He had seen Reeder’s columns, but not other products of the network.

“Any newspaper that uses it and pretends that it’s real news similar to what they might get from The Associated Press or Reuters or Bloomberg is not fully informing the readers,” Wheeler said.

People give money to groups they support. Since the Illinois Policy Institute supports many of the same things as Rauner, it’s pretty tough to say he’s buying their influence. He’s their natural candidate. They don’t stress social conservatism over there, and neither does Rauner. But Rauner is a very hardcore fiscal conservative who is right in step with their viewpoints.

A conspiracy theorist could speculate that this was a Rauner creation in some ways. I’ve seen no evidence of that, but half a mil sure is a lot of cash.

* Coincidentally, Scott Reeder’s latest column is about right to work, an issue that Rauner supports

GOP gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner supports the concept of allowing individual Illinois counties and municipalities to vote on whether they want to keep the status quo or adopt a local Right-to-Work ordinance.

But the other three Republicans running for governor wouldn’t commit to a position.

State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, and state Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard all said the political reality in Illinois is such that it would be impossible to pass a Right-to-Work law in Illinois.

Such comments show a certain lack of confidence in their political party’s ability to eventually claim a majority in the General Assembly. And it shows a lack of assurance in their own abilities to lead a disparate Legislature.

But there’s value still in asking questions like these, because they help shed light on a politician’s values and opinions. More importantly, they act as guide stones for where a politician may lead in the future.

Where candidates stand on an issue such as Right to Work is important to know – after all, it has the potential to be one of the most important economic issues facing the state.

Answers like the one given by Brady are not helpful. The state Senator from Bloomington says the reality is that the Democrats control the General Assembly and therefore Right-to-Work laws are irrelevant. He told me I was “wasting his breath” to pursue the questioning.

Brady supported right to work in 2010 and it cost him lots of union support. Calling him out on the issue now plays right into Rauner’s hands, although, again, there’s no proof of any quid pro quo here.

* From last week’s Reeder column

A few weeks ago, I asked all of the gubernatorial candidates where they stood on a constitutional amendment being promoted by Republican candidate Bruce Rauner. The measure would limit the terms of state legislators, reduce the number of senators and slightly increase the number of House members.

* Meanwhile, from Illinois Review

If Mr. Rauner points to his donations to Illinois Policy Institute and Heartland Institute as proof of his fiscal conservative views, he may also point to 58 checks amounting to $89,500 written to Republican organizations since January 2013 as proof of his “Republican-ism.”

As the story shows, he’s writing checks to lots of county party organizations, among others.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


29 Comments
  1. - Raymond - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 1:04 pm:

    As long as we’re back on the topic of Reeder and his role as “journalist in residence” for IPI, I’d be interested in knowing who at IPI has responsibility for editing Reeder’s columns? Does that duty rise to the level of Tillman?

    Similarly, who’s responsible for editing its “news network” content? Again, does Tillman (or one of his lieutenants at the so-called think tank), have editing authority over that content?


  2. - Steve - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 1:04 pm:

    I can’t wait until we get less Bruce Rauner stories. When is the media going to get a comprehensive look at details on his wife’s love for “progressives”.


  3. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 1:08 pm:

    If you think “Brady 2010″ got hammered by Unions, wait till PPC Rauner starts the Right to Work county option.

    County option? That will not make Unions not mobilize … locally. Nope.

    Bruce Rauner is Bill Brady without ethical stances or principles(?)


  4. - wordslinger - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 1:14 pm:

    The guy writes some powerful checks.


  5. - Juvenal - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 1:20 pm:

    It is simply unethical for a newspaper to run an IPI-generated story without disclosing that Rauner gave the IPI $500,000.

    And there may be no quid pro quo with Reeder, but it is one helluva coincidence that Rauner is the only one talking about right to work and Reeder is the only one writing about it.

    Beyond that, Reeder’s piece is at best naive, and certainly wrong.

    Illinois didnt pass Right to Work when Republicans last held the governors mansion and both chambers.

    And Rauner likes to talk up a storm, but picked a runningmate with close ties to the building trades.

    I doubt Rauner will even be whispering Right to Work after the primary.


  6. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 1:20 pm:

    If I were an enterprising sort, I would look to see who signed some of those checks to Rahm Emanuel and Rich Daley, his “under the bus thrown wife” or PPC Bruce Rauner himself.

    One wonders…


  7. - hisgirlfriday - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 1:21 pm:

    Tillmans comments at the end of Bernies story noting Rauner has been a big donor to BGA and that not stopping papers like SJ-R from running stuff created with or by BGA was interesting. Kudos to Bernie for including that nugget in the story.

    Makes me wonder though how frosty that Union League Club event with him and Shaw was.


  8. - Just Observing - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 1:47 pm:

    === It is simply unethical for a newspaper to run an IPI-generated story without disclosing that Rauner gave the IPI $500,000. ===

    No it’s not… its unethical for a newspaper to run an IPI-generated story without disclosure, regardless of who contributes… lots of people contribute to IPI, not just Rauner.


  9. - Makandadawg - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 1:48 pm:

    I have been watching with great suspicion the Illinois Policy Institute and especially their right to work articles. Now you tell Rauner is giving big money to them too. This is dangerous politics for the workers of Illinois.


  10. - Chicago Cynic - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 2:06 pm:

    “Illinois News Network, which provides stories free of charge to newspapers. That is troubling.”

    Umm, this is not remotely new. IPI/INN has been doing this for at least two years. Not excusing it as I agree that it’s highly problematic. It’s just not new.


  11. - Demoralized - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 2:11 pm:

    ==When is the media going to get a comprehensive look at details on his wife’s love for “progressives”. ==

    You certainly come up with some odd things that seem to have no point.


  12. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 2:24 pm:

    Let’s be a bit honest here;

    Bruce Rauner is buying…

    …buying credibility PPC has never earned as a Republican..,

    … buying credibility PPC needs to seem like a Republican..,

    … and Payton Prep Clouter Bruce Rauner bought a condo to be a “credible” um, “Chicagoan”, even when his Daughter was denied, so when Rauner Clouted her, they would appear, you guessed it… credible.

    Bruce Rauner lacks integrity and ethics, and is willing to pay ANY price, buy any Condo, donate to any Organization, and spin any “advocating”, teaching all watching that ANYTHING can be bought by PPC, and Rauner will pay the freight. That is what those who lack integrity do if they can, they try.., to buy it.


  13. - OneMan - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 2:52 pm:

    Such comments show a certain lack of confidence in their political party’s ability to eventually claim a majority in the General Assembly. And it shows a lack of assurance in their own abilities to lead a disparate Legislature.

    Does anyone think a GOP majority in both the House and Senate in Illinois is all that is needed to get Right To Work in Illinois?

    I seem to recall (I would have been a kid) that Thompson once said Right To Work would come to Illinois over his dead body and then invited the protesters over to the mansion for beer…

    Also it is kind of nice to see a candidate refer to political reality in Illinois.


  14. - Grandson of Man - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 2:56 pm:

    I agree strongly with Makandadawg’s last sentence. Illinois has had economic recovery in the past with no need for right to work laws. These laws will further harm our workers. Here is link to a recent article that I will share again, about how right to work is failing in Michigan. It includes a chart showing the vast majority of right to work states have incomes less than the national median.

    http://london.ctvnews.ca/right-to-work-impact-on-michigan-s-unemployment-rate-1.1511578


  15. - Chavez-loving Obamist - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 2:59 pm:

    He must be good for the economy. I say we let him run and run and run and run. Just don’t elect him to anything.


  16. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 3:07 pm:

    If Evelyn slips on the stairs going on the “Rauner 1″ Lear Jet, Rauner might have to write another check to “Slip and Sue”, because once Evelyn figures out you “pay”, the only thing missing is opportunity…(snark)


  17. - Perry Noya - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 3:23 pm:

    I am so old that I remember when the Ohio GOP pushed right-to-work in Ohio in 1958 and got creamed. Nationally, the pro-RTW GOP lost so many US House seats that year that they did not recover their numbers until, if memory serves, the Reagan era. So now Rauner believes that RTW will help him in the primary, whereafter he can forget it. How much are his consultants paid?


  18. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 3:30 pm:

    - phocion -,

    When did I become a brand? lol

    You go and check out PPC, and denying a worthy child a chance because his denied daughter couldn’t stomach slumming it at New Trier, and not living in Chicaho to start with… or the tens of thousands of dollars to Rahm Emanuel, or Rich Daley, or the tens of thousands to Ed Rendell and the pension work in Pennsylvania

    Check it ALL out…lol


  19. - phocion - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 3:33 pm:

    OW - I’m aware of what you’re bashing the guy about. I do not, however, share your righteous indignation. I place his ethics far above those of any elected official in Springfield. And I completely respect his life story and his desire to make things better in Illinois.


  20. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 3:39 pm:

    Is it righteous indignation, or sustain for a person willing to try to fool everyone of who he is, what he does, and his role as a government Insider, that Payton Prep Clouter Bruce Rauner seems to forget as PPC blames those who PPC tries to buy to make more money off pensions… as PPC talks about Right to Work.

    Pathetically and Ethically “challenged” and ignoring it, or calling it “political baloney” is disingenuous.


  21. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 3:40 pm:

    “distain” - stupid phone.


  22. - Samurai - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 3:45 pm:

    Can the position of Illinois Governor be purchased? Most recently McKenna and Gidwitz were defeated in their efforts to buy the Governor’s Office. Illinois voters have had a natural dislike for rich dudes who want to but their way to the Office of Governor.

    But, Rauner seems to be a different cat. He might pull it off considering all the local races he is funding and money he is tossing to political organizations. Most of the Brady backers, at least in Lake and McHenry, seem willing to set aside their conservative social views for the man with the dough. Why let your social view be an obstacle to money. I think there is a name for such people.

    Maybe the media will scratch the thin veneer to reveal the real Bruce Rauner. It is unlikely any of the other candidates have the money to expose Rauner for who he was and who he is. I also will state that having met Rauner several times, I do like Rauner the man, but Rauner the candidate is a fake.


  23. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 3:47 pm:

    === …far above those…===

    When those elected officials BUY a condo, to get a denied daughter into a school by only clout, then slam the union of teachers that taught the daughter, who only got in to be taught by those teachers, by Rich Daley’s appointee, and runs as an Outsider ..,

    When that specifically happens, ethically as PPC talks about being about … KIDS… and Education and OPPORTUNITY for kids to get into good schools…

    You let us all know.


  24. - Grandson of Man - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 4:51 pm:

    “You let us all know.”

    Also let us know how ethical it is for Red State Rauner to want to weaken unions at a time of sky-high income inequality, struggling wage earners and historically-low union participation.


  25. - 4 percent - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 5:08 pm:

    With regarding to Rauner’s contributions to local parties, they are laughing all the way to the bank. I’ve spoken to a few friends that have received checks and two things are happening.

    1. They are still not supporting Rauner.
    2. Organizations that received smaller amounts are wondering why they got less and if they can get more.

    It’s manna from Heaven for them…


  26. - Just The Way It Is One - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 5:47 pm:

    That was meant to read above, “throwing his money around…” of course.


  27. - DuPage Dave - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 6:46 pm:

    I always wonder how guys like Rauner become successful in the business world when he oozes insincerity from every pore. Forget about the barn coat and motorcycle photo ops. He looks phony in a tux as well.

    Still, I’m hoping for a Quinn vs Rauner general election purely for the entertainment value.


  28. - wordslinger - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 8:07 pm:

    It’s times like these that you long for the sober, conservative, good government politics of Toronto.


  29. - Bill White - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 9:35 pm:

    I wonder whether Bruce Rauner has ever heard of Jesse Unruh.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Today
* We interrupt this break for a special announcement...
* 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

          
        * Domino’s Pizza now accepting Google Wallet
        * OnePlus One exterior design, StyleSwap covers revealed with latest leak
        * IK Multimedia’s iLoud is a Bluetooth speaker even a musician can love
        * How to sync bookmarks with two iCloud accounts
        * The best timekeeping iOS apps
        * The past and promise of the Apple TV
        * Sony Xperia Z2 and Z2 tablet owners can avail of free movies and games

        * Would You Leave Your Job if Your Employer Paid You to Quit?
        * Report: Facebook is announcing a mobile ad network on April 30
        * Lady Gaga Breaks G.U.Y. Down in 10 Helpful GIFS
        * Kindle For Samsung Announced By Amazon And Samsung
        * Raspberry Eye Is The Hackers Version Of Google Glass
        * Download Music and TV Shows in Sequential Order with uTorrent
        * Ultimeyes App Will Help Improve Your Vision

        * Adrian Nieto-John Danks battery an arranged marriage
        * Podcast: Jonah Keri Talks White Sox (and Expos)
        * White Sox Minor League Update: April 20-26
        * Danks heads to mound in series opener against host Tigers
        * White Sox 16, Rangers 2: No sweep, no normalcy
        * Strikeout stands after White Sox challenge
        * Dunn unimpressed with .304 batting average


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

        Archives
        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


        * Internal memo says Illinois Medicaid paid $12 m.....
        * Former Illinois death row inmate details diffic.....
        * 'Quinnocchio' character latest example of troll.....
        * Keep your promise, IL policy group tells lawmakers..


        * Mayors' group pushes for Illinois pension reform
        * WWII ship group wants better Evansville dock
        * Officials: HIV infections on rise in southern Ill.
        * Violent weekend leaves 8 dead in Chicago
        * Search goes on for southern Illinois jail escapee
        * 2 die, 3 hurt in fiery Champaign County crash
        * Kayaker, 26, dies after Fox River accident
        * Kids get codeine in ER despite risks, guidelines
        * Official: 5 children wounded in Chicago drive-by
        * Arrest made in death of Chicago man in Utah

        * Addiction experts: Illinois budget cuts could hurt drug treatment
        * Comptroller Topinka reports $125K in income
        * Bernard Schoenburg: Durbin, Oberweis spar over earmarks, minimum wage
        * Statehouse Insider: It doesn’t always add up in the General Assembly
        * Chicago casino plan draws more support at legislative hearing
        * Video gaming may get its own exclusion list
        * U of I officials seeking to prevent retirement rush
        * U of I asks state legislators to prevent retirement rush; could affect 200 at UIS
        * 2015 tax rates still far from settled
        * Strip club tax brings in much less than expected

        * Hillshire, TreeHouse buying companies
        * Kraft recalls some Oscar Mayer wieners
        * Census: People are leaving all six Chicago-area counties
        * Trixie and Chad have kids!
        * Quinn administration funds Diana Rauner's nonprofit


        * In violent weekend, at least 8 dead, 37 wounded in shootings across Chicago
        * In violent weekend, at least 7 dead, 37 wounded in shootings across Chicago
        * Police SUV flips in crash on S. Side
        * Part of man’s ear bitten off by underage girlfriend’s brother
        * In pre-Easter march, Chicago religious, community activists call for peace
        * 5 kids hurt in drive-by on South Side
        * In violent weekend, at least 7 dead, 36 wounded in shootings across Chicago
        * Credit card fraud boss threatened rival would be ‘cut into pieces’: feds
        * In violent weekend, at least 7 dead, 35 wounded in shootings across Chicago
        * Casino bill must include  Chicago — and safeguards


        * Dad of girl, 11, shot with friends: 'I was scared I'd lose my baby girl'
        * Amid weekend violence, 6 children shot Sunday night
        * Cubs won't make 100-year-old fan wait until next year
        * No joke, Chicago is America's funniest city
        * 2 officers hurt in police SUV crash
        * Logan Square residents lament discovery of abandoned baby's body
        * Man in fatal DUI crash was nearly 3 times over the legal limit, prosecutors say
        * Police: Husband and wife -- both officers -- dead in apparent murder-suicide
        * 'Nothing is ever without hope,' ailing George tells Catholics on Easter
        * Man held on $1 million bail in Friday shooting


        * Illinois Medicaid Paying For The Dead
        * Wait Continues For Schools' Fate Under Proposed New Formula
        * Illinois Finally Gets 'No Child Left Behind' Waiver
        * U Of I: Illinois Pension Overhaul Had Costly Mistake
        * Fish fry dinners bring food, community to Catholics during Lent
        * Listen To State Week - April 18, 2014
        * Murray Center Advocates Win Appeals Decision
        * Employment Improves, But Illinois Still Lags U.S.
        * Nine Illinois lawmakers vote to fund Obama library - but only five members in attendance
        * WBEZ's Student Stories


        * Elizabeth Powers: ‘Easy’ savings in human services? Not really
        * Our Opinion: Don’t drag feet on drone regulation
        * Bernard Schoenburg: Durbin, Oberweis spar over earmarks, minimum wage
        * Bernard Schoenburg: Durbin, Oberweis spar over earmarks, minimum wage
        * Statehouse Insider: It doesn’t always add up in the General Assembly
        * Statehouse Insider: It doesn’t always add up in the General Assembly
        * Armenta L. Johnson: Advocate for quality education to avoid segregation
        * Catherine Walters: Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault notes anniversary, awareness month
        * Video gaming may get its own exclusion list
        * U of I asks state legislators to prevent retirement rush; could affect 200 at UIS


        * Daily business briefing: Charter trying to acquire competitor's assets
        * $10K grant will help university serve veterans
        * Decatur motorcyclist killed in collision
        * Lane closures on U.S. 67 near Camanche
        * Williamson County Regional Airport eyes new terminal building
        * BFD still searching for cause of Saturday fire
        * Simon Institute to host symposium on creative economies
        * Rain, storms return to region
        * Thunderstorms possible Monday afternoon
        * East St. Louis families escape apartment fire


        * The 10th District money race
        * Aurora Democrat calls out IHSA
        * Lawyers: Ill. hazing law vague, unconstitutional
        * Ill. House OKs lower-cost hunting bill for seniors
        * Quinn’s running mate takes new consulting job

        * Gutierrez: If no immigration reform passes...
        * Jesse Jackson Jr. Changes Prisons, Could B...
        * Jesse Jackson Jr Moved to Alabama Prison C...
        * Gutierrez Warns GOP Obama Will Take Action...
        * Why You Should Care About Immigration - Ne...
        * Inmates Sent To Solitary Confinement For H...
        * Xavier Becerra And Luis Gutierrez On Depor...
        * Jesse Jackson Jr. transferred to minimum s...
        * GOP running out of time on immigration ref...
        * School board elections on April 23 Nine ca...

        * Loading Koch Industries Website Too Many T......
        * Maryland and DC among worst for food aller......
        * Cleveland State University to reestablish ......
        * Convicted political boss Al Sanchez runnin......
        * Candidates make last filings for local, st......

        * Illinois Lt. Gov. Simon opposes pension le......
        * Dillard Odd Man Out on Pension Deal Reaction...
        * Sen. Mark Kirk sides with Rauner on pensio......
        * Governor's race infighting threatens pensi......
        * SCHOONERS - Home of Everyone's Favorite Be......

        * The U.S. Government Is Undermining Internet Security
        * The White Sox Report: Attendance Already In Check
        * SportsMonday: Six Degrees Of Playoff Losses
        * Attendance Already In Check
        * Inside The Mind Of A Man Who Killed His Family
        * Sean Burns. Fair tax.
        * These members of the $20 million a year club paid the same Illinois state income tax rate as you did.
        * Chicago Wildfire Catch On With ESPN
        * Cracking The Chicagoland Code 7: We Don't Care How They Do It In New York
        * Who Is The Best Tree Climber In Illinois?


        * Governor Quinn Statement on Easter
        * Governor Quinn Announces Investments to Conserve Lake Michigan Shoreline - Visits Volunteer Beach Clean-up to Announce Investments That Will Support Environmental Education and Stewardship Projects
        * Governor Pat Quinn Takes Clemency Action
        * Proposed Rules for Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act Filed
        * Adopt-A-Highway Spring Cleanup Begins Today - Annual Event Honors Earth Day, Tackles Roadside Litter After Harsh Winter




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