SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Urlacher was paid big bucks to appear for Schock

Monday, Feb 10, 2014

* From last October

-Former Chicago Bear Brian Urlacher’s brother is a Lake County mayor, and now the former middle linebacker himself is stepping up his own involvement in politics by helping launch the re-election effort of Republican downstate U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock.

The three-term, Peoria congressman’s campaign put out word Wednesday morning that Urlacher would be the headliner at Schock’s Nov. 15 re-election announcement at a $50-a-ticket event dubbed Schocktoberfest at Brewers Distributing in Peoria. […]

“My family understands the important role of public service. My brother Casey Urlacher was elected mayor of Lake County’s Mettawa, IL earlier this year. In Peoria, he was fullback-linebacker for the Peoria Pirates. So we’re both looking forward to visiting our friends in central Illinois,” Urlacher said.

* But Urlacher didn’t make that appearance totally out of the goodness of his heart. Roll Call

Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., spent $25,000 last fall for a former Chicago Bears linebacker to headline his re-election campaign’s kick-off fundraising event, according to a report filed with the Federal Elections Commission. […]

An event appearance fee was paid to B.U. Enterprises, according to the Schock Victory Committee’s year-end filing. Illinois public records show B.U. Enterprises is a company registered to Urlacher. […]

While the $25,000 appearance fee is perfectly legal, it’s unusual to see such a hefty sum for an event appearance on a campaign finance filing.

“Generally speaking, the rule of thumb seems to be that outreach to smaller donors costs more than raising money from bigger donors, who tend to be insiders,” said Bill Allison, a campaign finance expert with the Sunlight Foundation. “Insiders don’t need a former Bears player there to show up — they go to a fundraiser to talk to the member.”

* Schock is an expert at raising money, and he’s being tapped for bigger things in DC

Rep. Aaron Schock R-Ill. is the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee March fundraising dinner here, one of the major events to raise campaign cash for the House GOP political operation. Schock faces no opponent in the March Illinois primary, leaving him free to work on the March 26 dinner. Schock already raised $1.1 million for the dinner, the NRCC said on Tuesday, and pledged to raise another $1 million by March 26.

So, featuring a popular ex-Bear at his fundraiser got him notice, which is what he wants in order to help move him up. Trouble is, fundraising is supposed to be a bit more discrete than this.

* And Schock’s fundraising committees have, indeed, caught the eye of the media lately, but not in a good way. New York Times

After some time in the hot tub, an evening cocktail reception and a two-and-a-half-hour dinner in a private dining room named Out of Bounds, Representative Adrian Smith, Republican of Nebraska, made one last stop, visiting the lounge at the Four Seasons Resort hotel here to spend more time with the lobbyists and other donors who had jetted in from Washington, D.C., to join him for the weekend getaway. […]

This is the world of destination fund-raisers, where business interests blend with pleasure in exclusive vacation venues. Lobbyists go to build relationships with lawmakers, Democrats and Republicans alike, seeking action — and often inaction — in Washington for their clients and companies, with millions of dollars at stake. While approval ratings are at historic lows for members of Congress, their allure to those seeking influence in the nation’s capital is as strong as ever. […]

The fund-raising events that are not in the lawmakers’ home states often dovetail with their hobbies. Representative Aaron Schock, Republican of Illinois and an avid skier, made the trip this month to Vail, for example

* Tribune

Rep. Aaron Schock’s campaign spent more than $2,600 on cuff links, paid $390 to a seaplane company based in the British Virgin Islands and spent more than $1,500 on concert tickets.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


14 Comments
  1. - Nonplussed - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 10:43 am:

    I think Dillard and Brady collectively fainted, landing on their empty warchests.


  2. - Frank - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 10:46 am:

    Why has there been so little follow-up on the report of Schock’s campaign committee paying $407 for an ultrasound? I’m all for staying out of politicians personal lives, but when you use campaign funds to pay for a medical procedure, questions have to be asked and answered. It’s hard to tell from that Tribune article if the reporter really put that question to him. Has anyone since?


  3. - Jimmy - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 10:55 am:

    Schock and afoul.


  4. - Monte Burns' Muckraker - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 11:04 am:

    Frank is right. Also, don’t forget the $452 at a Peoria maternity boutique.


  5. - wordslinger - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 11:55 am:

    Urlacher was unusually fast for his size; excellent at going sideline-to-sideline and dropping into coverage.

    But he was not a great tackler and had trouble shedding blockers.

    Verdict: Probably better than Singletary, but Butkus remains the champ.

    Aaron Schock is moving up in the House GOP majority? What an accomplishment. They do so much good work.


  6. - walker - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 11:55 am:

    Did he show his abs?


  7. - Formerly Known As... - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 12:57 pm:

    Does he not learn? Or not care?

    Goofy stuff like this keeps showing up on his reports.

    Spring for this stuff yourself, especially when you are asking people to hand over $50 and you make $174K. Isn’t your dignity and the message you send donors worth a few thousand dollars at that point?


  8. - CicrcularFiringSquad - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 1:06 pm:

    Did anyone think Urlacher came to Peoria for free? Or that he cared about right wing politics?


  9. - 47th Ward - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 1:50 pm:

    ===Probably better than Singletary===

    How do you figure? Because Urlacher was faster and dropped into coverage better? Singletary didn’t play cover 2, and yes, he had two hall of famers in front of him, but he made every stop, filled every gap and anchored one of the best defenses of all time.

    Urlacher should be happy to be mentioned in the same breath as Butkus and Singletary.


  10. - wordslinger - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 2:47 pm:

    47, Singletary made the most of his talents. He wasn’t the athlete Urlacher was. Not as big, not as fast. Couldn’t go sideline to sideline like Urlacher.

    He made the most of having Dan Hampton in front of him. That was like being in a rocking chair.

    Plus, he was the third best linebacker in the glory years. Otis Wilson and Wilber Marshall were stone-cold killers.


  11. - 47th Ward - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 3:30 pm:

    Singeltary called the plays and covered the gaps that allowed Marshall and Wilson to be studs, and they were. He made those two better. Can you say the same about Urlacher and Briggs? If anything, Briggs made Urlacher look better.

    Sideline to sideline, sure, Urlacher wins that race. But who do you want running north, into the gap to meet the ball carrier head-on and drop him for a loss?

    Exactly.


  12. - walker - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 6:09 pm:

    Having seen Butkus as a rookie, hit Alex Webster head on and throw him back 4 yards into the backfield — game over on 47’s scenario.

    They really played two different positions.


  13. - Hamilton - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 7:00 pm:

    Was my comment somehow inappropriate? Not sure why it got deleted…


  14. - Hamilton - Monday, Feb 10, 14 @ 7:00 pm:

    Oops, nevermind. Now it’s showing up. Must be having browser issues.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's cable TV buys
* *** UPDATED x1 - Griffin gives another million *** Rauner giving more cash to state GOP
* Question of the day
* Schimpf trying to raise money to air radio spot
* This is what you'd call a "tell"
* #QsforQuinn
* Frerichs wants Cross to call off the state party dogs
* Rauner Internet ad pairs Quinn with Blagojevich
* Bost claims poll shows him up by 4
* More than just unclear on the concept
* Quinn: "Everybody in? I'm driving"
* The sleep gap
* DCCC releases second Bost "rant" ad
* 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

          
        * Instapaper app updated, now free to download with IAP
        * The Week in iPad Cases: A diamond is forever
        * Google’s App Indexing brings search engine power to locating apps
        * BombSquad is an explosive party game to share with friends
        * Standard reactions
        * Samsung targets Android enterprise integration with Knox
        * Dropping the iPhone 6, reviewing the Moto X, and drooling over HTC Rumors | Pocketnow Weekly 114

        * Verizon iPhone 6, 6 Plus work with VoLTE: HD Voice, can talk and surf
        * Motorola May Introduce Moto 360 In New Color Options Including Gold
        * Sony Xperia Z2 Gets A Massive Price Cut At Sony Store
        * Apple Details iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Repair Costs If It’s Out of Warranty
        * Facebook Alters News Feed: This Week in Social Media
        * Samsung SM-A300 Spotted on Samsung’s Website
        * Xiaomi To Sell 60,000 Redmi 1S Units on September 23rd

        * Konerko back in action for final 10 games
        * Offense helps Quintana overcome early lapses
        * Noesi tries to block Rays at Tropicana Field
        * White Sox 4, Rays 3: Fifth-inning outburst enough for Jose Quintana
        * Offense helps Quintana overcome early lapses
        * Konerko back in action for final 10 games
        * Updates: Former White Sox playing meaningful September baseball


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

        Archives
        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


        * Jeb Bush Keeps Focus on His Business..
        * Extra Extra: More Good News For Pat Quinn..
        * 2016 may loom, but Jeb Bush is focused on business..
        * Vallas says Rauner's numbers 'don't add up'..
        * Mayor Emanuel, Governor Pat Quinn, Secretary Of.....


        * Pope names Cupich as next Chicago archbishop
        * Quinn: No pension 'plan B' before court ruling
        * 4 charged in shooting death of Chicago 9-year-old
        * Ind. Toll Road operator plans to file bankruptcy
        * Charges announced in shooting death of 9-year-old
        * Illinois awards $25.8M in health outreach grants
        * Elgin police aim to recruit Spanish-speakers
        * Fallon to pay up, broadcast show in Chicago
        * Prostitution sting leads to 13 arrests in Paducah

        * Quinn: No pension ‘Plan B’ before court ruling
        * Sangamon Co. judge: Libertarian candidate for governor can stay on ballot
        * Illinois’ jobless rate continues 6-month decline
        * GOP’s Rauner no fan of gambling, airport slots
        * GOP’s Rauner no fan of gambling, airport slots
        * Jeb Bush headlining Chicago fundraiser for Rauner
        * Rochester resident to lead State Board of Elections
        * GOP appeal seeks to knock Libertarian gubernatorial candidate off ballot
        * Jesse White to focus on technology, highway safety if re-elected
        * Rauner’s ethics reform plan targets lobbyists, lawmakers

        * AP: Spokane bishop to replace Cardinal George
        * Spokane bishop to succeed Cardinal George
        * Illinois awards $25.8 million in health outreach grants
        * Flight attendants reach tentative deal with American Airlines
        * Options Clearing Corp. CEO to retire


        * CTU report: Layoff of 468 custodians will add to filth at schools
        * Reports: Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane will be Cardinal Francis George successor
        * Pope Francis names Blase Cupich as Chicago archbishop
        * 2 elderly Chicago women die from West Nile virus
        * O’Hare plans to test new app to help international travelers
        * Amid controversy, Emanuel drops plan to name school after Obama
        * Faternity suspended from Loyola University for 3 years
        * Common touts fund-raising concert at Union Park
        * Apple fans answer the iPhone’s call
        * Seminars, fairs aimed to help with ‘confusing’ CPS enrollment process


        * Vatican names Spokane bishop to succeed Cardinal George
        * At least 15 wounded in city shootings
        * Police: Gang members thought boy, 9, was warning rivals and killed him
        * Fioretti law firms' unpaid bills could be fodder in Chicago mayor's race
        * Reports: Spokane bishop to succeed Cardinal George as Chicago archbishop
        * Evanston man diagnosed with West Nile virus
        * Former Harvey schools chief gets probation for misconduct, theft of $78,000
        * Chicago River fall bridge lifts start Saturday
        * Day after appearance at Native American group, Rauner won't say if Redskins' name should change
        * Boy, 16, fatally shot in Old Town was member of Jesse White Tumblers


        * Cupich to be next Chicago archbishop
        * Treasurer Candidate Tom Cross Says He Would Sue The Legislature To Force A Balanced Budget
        * Listen to State Week - September 19, 2014
        * Quinn Defends Public Education, Though He's A Product of Private Schools
        * Chris Mooney: More Evidence-Based Policymaking Needed
        * African Drumming At Southwind Park On Saturday
        * Investors gather in Chicago seeking cannabis businesses
        * Climate, Space Create Challenges For Local Food
        * Can A Governor Really Create Jobs?
        * How do you find high school dropouts?


        * Deborah Davis: NFL sends mixed messages over Ray Rice case
        * Charles Krauthammer: The jihadi logic
        * Quinn: No pension ‘Plan B’ before court ruling
        * Sangamon Co. judge: Libertarian candidate for governor can stay on ballot
        * Our Opinion: Anchor’s cancer struggle hits home
        * Bob Gilligan: Advisory questions seek voter input — sort of
        * Illinois’ jobless rate continues 6-month decline
        * GOP’s Rauner no fan of gambling, airport slots
        * Esther Cepeda: Pity the vanishing bobolink
        * Jeb Bush headlining Chicago fundraiser for Rauner


        * Crainville interchange spurs optimism and questions
        * Clinton Haunted House back after one year absence
        * The Roofing Dog 9-20-14
        * Express Employment Professionals 9-20-14
        * Changes coming to Williamson County clerk's office
        * This day in history:Sept. 20, 2014
        * Realtors to collect blankets for winter program
        * Let lawmakers pick up a weapon and lead fight
        * Weekend update: Something to chew on
        * Details of picker's area visit


        * Live video: St. Edward vs. IC Catholic Prep
        * Geneva topples St. Charles North in River showdown
        * Westmont topples Lisle
        * Batavia breaks away from St. Charles East in 3rd quarter
        * Hersey gives fans a kick with overtime win

        * Peter Roskam pushes for Alzheimer's resear...
        * Enterprise Recovery Systems Hosts Congress...
        * Congressman: 'Some good stuff is going on'...
        * U.S. House Passes Resolution Condemning An...
        * The Urgent Need for New Antibiotics | Comm...
        * Elizabeth Roskam Paints Capitol for Ukrain...
        * Illinois vote: Dems split on aid for Syria...
        * Democratic candidate Mason says he's 'flip...
        * Hultgren, Roskam to Host Service Academy D...
        * Ask Peter: Obamacare's Broken Promises - I...

        * Northwestern gets grant to prevent sexual ......
        * Northwestern gets grant to prevent sexual ......
        * Northwestern gets grant to prevent sexual ......
        * Northwestern gets grant to prevent sexual ......
        * Northwestern gets grant to prevent sexual ......

        * SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Colonies prosecutor......
        * Durbin, Oberweis See Eye to Eye on Obama's......

        * The Weekend Desk Report
        * Cubs pick up yet another ex-Sox minor league affiliate for organization
        * Addressing Mental Illness in the Justice System Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart
        * Common Core Math Standards Add Up To Big Money For Education Companies
        * The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #18: Return To Bear Mountain!
        * Hooray for cartoonists.
        * Swiffers. My days as a custodian.
        * GCA community forum with Karen Lewis
        * Illinois Job Creators: Do-Rite Die & Engineering's Alan Szymanski
        * UPS to hire 8,700 in Chicagoland


        * Illinois Chamber of Commerce Endorses Rauner for Governor
        * Rauner Web Ad: “Cut from the Same Cloth”
        * Illinois Department of Human Rights Commemorates International Day of Peace
        * Quinn Misleads Public on IDOT Again
        * Governor Quinn Visits Chicago’s Hydro, Inc. as Illinois’ Unemployment Rate Continues to Drop - State Jobless Rate Reaches Lowest Level in Six Years




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