SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Report: Mystery PAC spending $180K attacking Rauner’s GOP opponents

Tuesday, Feb 4, 2014

* Sun-Times

A new spot that’s hitting TV and radio this week attacks three out of the four gubernatorial primary candidates, sparing only Winnetka venture capitalist Bruce Rauner.

A source with knowledge of the buy said the group — Mid-America Fund — spent roughly $180,000 on broadcast, cable, and radio for this week.

I checked with the State Board of Elections this morning and was told that state law requires disclosure within 10 business days of the formation of the PAC.

As we’ve already discussed, the PAC’s ads began running last Friday. So, it could be next week before we see any state paperwork.

But since this is a 501c4 group, it’s doubtful we’ll ever know who is actually funding the ads.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Feb 4, 14 @ 11:31 am:

    Bruce Rauner and Crew have learned from Remo, what the “3″ and the “2PACS” have not…

    “Why take a chance …”

  2. - Teller - Tuesday, Feb 4, 14 @ 11:41 am:

    To me, the worst part is that even moderately-engaged Republican primary voters aren’t connecting the dots on this guy. I’m no Quinn fan, but I’d prefer gross incompetence over Rauner’s base cynicism.

  3. - veritas - Tuesday, Feb 4, 14 @ 11:44 am:

    Gee - I wonder who could be behind it?? We may need Sherlock Holmes for this one.

    Rauner gives money to Club for Growth and they attack Aaron Schock - thought to be a leading candidate for Gov.

    An attorney who has done work for Rauner raises the ONLY allegations of misconduct ever lodged against Dan Rutherford when he is perceived as Rauner’s biggest threat.

    Now, ANOTHER PAC (see above) attacks all 3 of Rauner’s opponents, sparing only Rauner - the only candidate with ZERO government experience!!

    Rauner, of course, claims he KNOWS NOTHINK!! about any of this, but he’s the same Bruce Rauner who told the Tribune Editorial Board yesterday that he didn’t remember when he bought his multi-million dollar penthouse in Chicago.

  4. - Nearly Normal - Tuesday, Feb 4, 14 @ 11:50 am:

    This has a Koch smell about it. Sadly, we may never know who the real funders are. Thanks US Supreme Court.

  5. - Joan P. - Tuesday, Feb 4, 14 @ 12:10 pm:

    @ veritas -

    Be fair. When you own as many homes as Rauner, it’s hard to remember when you bought which one!

  6. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Feb 4, 14 @ 12:13 pm:

    Cui bono?

    The cynicism on this dude is amazing.

    Rauner has all the money in the world to bury his opponents in negative spots out in the open, but still feels the need to do so on the sneak.

    It’s like he can’t help himself. He goes sneaky even when he doesn’t have to.

    This is a rare bird here. Caveat emptor.

    And for my final Latin trick, the Rauner campaign can be summed up as:

    Veni. Vidi. Visa.

    I came. I saw. I bought.

  7. - PoolGuy - Tuesday, Feb 4, 14 @ 12:20 pm:

    or Vici. Visa. Prada.
    I conquered. I bought. and Prada is way better than Gucci.

  8. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Feb 4, 14 @ 12:26 pm:

    ===or Vici. Visa. Prada.===

    C’mon. He’s a kabillionaire.

    Vici. Visa. Louis Vuitton.

  9. - walker - Tuesday, Feb 4, 14 @ 12:27 pm:

    @word: well-said (or the Latin for same)

    It could be a race for ownership of the campaign, between Rauner’s deep pockets, and those of some national right-wing players.

    Who’s buying whom?

  10. - hisgirlfriday - Tuesday, Feb 4, 14 @ 12:32 pm:

    Has anybody tried calling the registered agent associated with Mid America Fund Inc. just to see if she would talk?

    The link Rich gave us the other day is for a Roberta J Mertz in St. Clairsville OH. Per the Google, Mertz is a registered Democrat and St. Clairsville is far away from Cincy. She also seems to be a part-time staffer at an Ohio community college, not an attorney.

    Has anyone called Roberta to ask her what her interest is in an Illinois GOP primary for governor?

  11. - PoolGuy - Tuesday, Feb 4, 14 @ 12:40 pm:

    Rich i was trying not to mix Italian with French :)

  12. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Feb 4, 14 @ 12:44 pm:

    ===Has anyone called Roberta===

    Yep. No response as of yet.

  13. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Feb 4, 14 @ 12:47 pm:

    === trying not to mix Italian with French===

    I’ll concede that point.

  14. - PoolGuy - Tuesday, Feb 4, 14 @ 12:53 pm:

    between the Shock ads last year and now this, I hope SCOTUS has the people’s best interests in mind and not just the special interests.

    this is a frightening trend to me, especially when billionaires may be behind these ads.

  15. - G'Kar - Tuesday, Feb 4, 14 @ 1:02 pm:

    I know this is just a small thing, but in the ad, they mispronounce Dan Rutherford’s name.

  16. - Adam Smith - Tuesday, Feb 4, 14 @ 1:03 pm:

    It’s Casablanca!

    The political observers/insiders here are “shocked, shocked!” that someone is playing hardball.

    Using abundant resources within the legal parameters to beat the ever-loving crap out of your opponents to achieve success in an election.

    Sounds like a Speaker I know of…

  17. - Rufus - Tuesday, Feb 4, 14 @ 1:53 pm:

    — but I’d prefer gross incompetence over Rauner’s base cynicism. —

    Heck of a choice for Governor of this once great state.

  18. - Cincinnatus - Tuesday, Feb 4, 14 @ 2:18 pm:

    - wordslinger - Tuesday, Feb 4, 14 @ 12:13 pm:

    Veni. Vidi. Visa.


    Veni. Vedi. Carhartt!

  19. - train111 - Tuesday, Feb 4, 14 @ 2:41 pm:

    So what’s this “Prosperity and Jobs Fund PAC” created today to boost Rauner and the $250 large it got from the Workers Interest Network” at some PO Box in Chicago. Workers Interest Network has a website, but its pretty bogus in that you can’t tell anything about the organization from it.


  20. - IbendahlLuvsJBT - Tuesday, Feb 4, 14 @ 3:01 pm:

    Seems to be connect to Chicago Federation of Labor. Dems funding Rauner, of course. Why don’t the no-Rauner trio lead with this?

  21. - Precinct Captain - Tuesday, Feb 4, 14 @ 4:24 pm:

    ==- PoolGuy - Tuesday, Feb 4, 14 @ 12:53 pm:==

    Since when has SCOTUS ever had the people’s best interests in mind and not some obscure legal-political fantasy of elite interests? Rarely if you ask me.

  22. - hisgirlfriday - Tuesday, Feb 4, 14 @ 4:41 pm:


    The Prosperity and Jobs Fund PAC is to OPPOSE Rauner. Not boost him. I got a little thrown off when I saw the A-1 and his name on it at first too.

  23. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Feb 4, 14 @ 4:49 pm:

    For the record, Rauner denied to the Tribbies that he has anything to do with these spots.

    There are just mystery people in Ohio who really don’t like the other three for some reason.

  24. - hisgirlfriday - Tuesday, Feb 4, 14 @ 4:53 pm:

    OK because I’m a freak, couldn’t help myself from trying to look into Roberta J. Mertz a little more.

    One interesting thing I came across was that David Mertz of St. Clairsville OH mentions on this site in passing that his wife, Roberta, is a former congressional chief-of-staff.

    Also, on a search of Ms. Roberta J. Mertz of Ohio there is a mention of additional names being associated with this person as “Roberta Hood” and “Roberta Hood Myers.”|OH|None&in=5

    Roberta Hood Myers was an employee of Rep. Cass Ballenger, R-North Carolina, until he left office in 2005.

    So at least that explains how this random person in Ohio is connected to the Republican political scene a little bit.

  25. - Soccermom - Wednesday, Feb 5, 14 @ 9:10 am:

    You are a HisGirl after my own heart

  26. - RRBREAKFASTCLUB - Thursday, Feb 6, 14 @ 11:05 am:

    On Dutch’s birthday, Let’t remember his rule of NOT speaking bad of other Republicans. We know this is a “4″ pac. Let’s hope Bruce is not in total control and can discourage further negative ads.

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.

* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* *** UPDATED x2 *** Duckworth doesn't play in Peoria
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Let's be careful out there
* Question of the day
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Political events calendar
* *** UPDATED x1 *** What today's cyber attack could mean for election day
* Rewriting history
* Army Corps of Engineers taking back state park
* Fire everything!!!
* More horrible pension news
* More flowery Madigan praise from Bradley
* Because... Madigan!
* Looking on the dark side
* Lawyers: Mayor Emanuel is "not a policymaker for the city"
* Duckworth has huge cash advantage
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today’s edition and a campaign roundup
* Good morning!
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's blog posts

Visit our advertisers...






Search This Blog...

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

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

* Time Warner targeted for AT&T takeover
* Sony XPERIA XZ First Impressions: The Real Sony Flagship?
* Ouch – Samsung roasted by President Obama
* MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Customizable iPhone 7 or 7 Plus Case From Casetify
* Pixel SIM tray has Google’s address imprinted on it
* Sprint, US Cellular start LG V20 pre-orders
* uBreakiFix partners with Google for same-day Pixel screen repairs

* Getz to oversee White Sox Minor Leagues
* International draft stands to benefit White Sox
* Davidson reflects on 'whirlwind' 2016 season
* Starting pitcher rankings: White Sox have four of them
* Podcast: 2016 Chicago White Sox Infield Review
* White Sox Rumors: Sox hire Chris Getz as new Director Of Player Dev...
* Source: Getz to oversee Sox player development


Main Menu
Pundit rankings
Subscriber Content
Blagojevich Trial
Updated Posts

October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
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


RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0


* Drunken driving education program reinstated in.....
* Reeder: Movie on Madigan worth watching - Chica.....
* Drunken driving education program reinstated in.....
* Drunken driving education program reinstated in.....
* Drunken driving education program reinstated in.....

* Retired detective turns in nephew for downtown bank robbery
* Cook County, Illinois, lawyer who posed as judge charged
* Attack in Afghanistan killed Illinois soldier, Oklahoma man
* Attack in Afghanistan killed Illinois soldier, Oklahoma man
* Retiring Wrigley Field scoreboard operator has seen it all
* Drunken driving education program reinstated in Springfield
* Arson suspected in fire at Illinois home where bodies found
* Paralympic medalist will be UI homecoming parade marshal
* Illinois man accused of threatening fire in GOP office
* Men caught with 128 pounds of pot convicted in Nebraska

* SIU injury-prevention program reinstated through stopgap budget
* Survey: 386 state jobs could relocate to Springfield
* SIU injury-prevention program reinstated through state's stopgap spending plan
* Illinois unemployment rate holds at 5.5 percent
* Loose ceiling beam in Coliseum led to closure
* Proposal would ban agency directors from campaign ads
* Illinois State Fair Coliseum closed due to structural deficiencies
* State fairgrounds Coliseum temporarily closed due to structural deficiencies
* Illinois agency: YouTube glitch behind training video porn
* Corrections officers call for increased safety at Logan County prison

* The possible vendetta behind today's web attacks
* Cyber attacks take down multiple major websites
* Cyber attacks take down major websites
* OCC expands, plans to move Chicago HQ
* Paid sick leave law pays off for political backers

* ‘Hamilton’s America’ a must for stage musical’s fans (and more)
* Sheriff’s office seeks information about Homer Glen homicide
* Two chances at Wrigley Field — and two shots at history
* Flagship edition
* Chris Getz named White Sox director of player development
* Editorial: Don’t let Congress block historic climate change deal
* Bill Murray crashes White House press room to talk Cubs
* Ethics board puts aldermen in squeeze play on Cubs tickets
* Second man convicted of felony charges in ‘squatter scheme’
* A little bit of fun

* Scottie Pippen files for divorce from Larsa, his wife of 19 years
* NFL puts kicker Josh Brown on 'exempt' list; Giants sign Robbie Gould
* Judge halves $2M bond for EMT with felony past
* Time to rethink neighborhood permit parking zones, city clerk says
* Hacking vendetta seen in attack on East Coast web host
* EU leaders spar over Russia sanctions
* Duterte's flip-flop into bed with China is a disaster for the United States
* Jets, yachts, vacation homes all factors in cancer center founder divorce
* Cubs fan wins big lottery prize while watching game
* Retired detective uncle turns in man for Aon Building bank robbery

The widget AQL4JYGHIY powered by Feed Informer does not exist.

* SIU injury-prevention program reinstated through stopgap budget
* Survey: 386 state jobs could relocate to Springfield
* Our View: For circuit judge, Cadagin, Troemper are endorsed
* SIU injury-prevention program reinstated through state's stopgap spending plan
* Illinois unemployment rate holds at 5.5 percent
* Loose ceiling beam in Coliseum led to closure
* Proposal would ban agency directors from campaign ads
* Bernard Schoenburg: Judge candidates investing in their own campaigns
* Eugene Robinson: Can we please just fast-forward to Election Day?
* Ray LaHood and Ed Rendell: Vote 'yes' on roads amendment

* Haunted trail...
* UPDATE: Police ID shooting suspect
* 'Shop local': it's not just for holidays anymore
* Do you have a will, or a power of attorney?
* Deloufleur expands to new building in Crainville
* Attack in Afghanistan killed Illinois soldier, Oklahoma man
* Tom's #Mailbag, Oct. 21 2016
* Tom's #Mailbag, Oct. 21, 2016
* Friends, family remember Fairview soldier killed in Afghanistan
* U.S. internet disrupted by cyberattacks on key firm

* Lake County groups grateful for church's financial assistance
* Former Mundelein church donating $700,000 to charities
* The beneficiaries
* Chicago Bulls counting on Wade to rub off on teammates
* Two charged in Glendale Heights armed robbery

* House lawmakers overcome hurdle on key tra...
* Rodney Davis talks funding with Bloomingto...
* The agency that fought Illiana gets a new ...
* Rep. Dold takes educational cruise down Ch...
* Lawmakers decry high turnover rate of VA h...
* CBD Oil, and politics
* Simon considering state Senate bid
* Killer Congressman Tom MacArthur trying to...
* Shutdown? State may not notice
* Rep. Bob Dold

* US Sen. Dick Durbin urges big pharma actio......
* The Daily Northwestern : U.S. Sen. Dick Du......

* Endorsement: US Senate, Mark Kirk - Peoria......
* Kirk far behind Duckworth in fundraising f......

* Cartoon of the Day 10/19/16 Trump locker room talk
* Illinois Spending On K-12 Education Higher Than Pre-Recession Levels, Report Finds
* Chicagoans Commemorate 2nd Anniversary Of Laquan McDonald's Death
* Illinois' U.S. Senate, 13th Congressional District Candidates To Debate Next Week
* Cubs Post-Season At Wrigley This Weekend, Usual Parking Restrictions Apply
* Anonymous group reveals why they're opposed to Illinois Policy Institute
* Schakowsky's check-kiting husband behind Trump rally violence, undercover video reveals
* Kal'ish Vegan Is Hiring
* You're Invited To The Grand Re-Opening Party For Buena Park Circle This Sunday

* Illinois EPA Sponsors Interactive Environmental Education Event with Riverton Elementary School - Riverton Third and Fourth Graders “Dive In!” to Celebrate the Environment
* Illinois Partners with State of Telangana, India to Strengthen Smart State Initiatives - State to state agreement to accelerate opportunities and service to citizens
* Illinois EPA Announces Vehicle Emissions Testing Network Updates - New Contract to Offer More Efficient, Less Expensive Tests
* Annual Training Underway For Gas Station Owners, Service Technicans
* Governor Rauner Announces Recommendations from Health Care Fraud Elimination Task Force Report

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