The caps just came off the GOP primary race and the money is already coming in — for venture capitalist Bruce Rauner.
Glen Tullman, the former CEO of Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, and now with 7WireVentures, has donated $250,000 to Rauner’s campaign, according to newly filed campaign reports.
Outside of Rauner’s self-donation, Tullman’s is the largest contributions yet in the Illinois governor’s race.
Two other contributors have also put in more than $10,000 apiece for Rauner. Before the fund-raising caps came off, individuals were limited to making a $5,300 contribution.
The two $10K contributions were from Joseph Campolo of Arbor Investments and Patrick Gallagher of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
* More on Tullman…
Tullman’s donation, however, flags a different potential Republican primary issue for Rauner, who already has been criticized for being too chummy with Democrats. Records show Tullman has contributed to Democrats — including Gov. Pat Quinn. Tullman is the brother of major Democratic donor and Democratic National Committee Trustee Howard Tullman, who has donated to former President Bill Clinton and who is friends with — and was briefly the landlord of — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
* Rauner, by the way, now has a new response to those who criticize him for his close financial and personal ties to Democrats…
Lately he has been savaged by bloggers who have taken issue with his cordial relationship with Chicago Mayor Rham Emanuel.
“You remember when Reagan was president? He and Tip O’Neil were able to get things done in spite of party differences. That’s the kind of cordial relationship I have with Emanuel. I believe you have to be cordial with people in spite of differences.”
“The mayors of Chicago control the schools for 400,000 children. I believe those children are being abused by bad schools,” he said.