* From an e-mail to supporters of Rep. Tom Cross’ bid for state treasurer…
Outside groups allied with my opponent have launched an aggressive, negative and false attack against our campaign.
They know we’re winning and they know that I’m the only candidate committed to fighting for an honestly balanced budget and really cracking down on fraud and corruption.
In short, my opponent wants the status quo and I want change.
Now they’re spending tens of thousands of dollars in last-minute negative attack ads to try to derail our momentum.
Let’s make sure that doesn’t happen!
I’m asking you today for an emergency contribution of $10, $15, $25 or whatever you are comfortable with so that we can compete with these outside groups.
These outside groups are fighting us at every turn as we work to restore fiscal accountability and fight against waste and corruption and now they have placed significant ad buys on radio stations across Illinois in an effort to defeat us at the last moment.
* I checked with the Cross campaign and the “outside groups” include the National Organization for Marriage, which is doing radio ads blasting Cross in Downstate markets. NOM hotly opposed the gay marriage bill.
In other words, I’m not sure this has much to do with anybody “fighting us at every turn as we work to restore fiscal accountability.”
But, whatever floats your boat, I suppose.
I’m trying to find a copy of the radio spot. Anybody heard it?
* Also, there’s this from Equality Illinois…
Candidates who supported the freedom to marry in Illinois are benefitting from an unprecedented effort by the Equality Illinois Political Action Committee (EQIL PAC) that has raised and will spend $150,000 prior to Tuesday’s state primary election. […]
About $120,000 of the $150,000 total was used for direct contributions to legislative candidates in targeted races throughout Illinois. The other $30,000 is being being spent on direct mail, events and get-out-the-vote efforts, including phone banks that are making tens of thousands of phone calls on behalf of the candidates leading to the primary on Tuesday, March 18.
So far, not much is showing up on A-! reports, but the group has endorsed Cross.
* In a somewhat related story, Planned Parenthood Illinois Action has also endorsed Cross.