SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Yowza - $2.5 million in one pop to Rauner

Friday, Jun 13, 2014

* Who needs a budget plan when you have friends like this?…


…Adding… A Ken Griffin flashback from a 2012 Tribune interview

Q. I’m going to come back to this. But I want to touch on two more areas first. What do you think in general about the influence of people with your means on the political process? You said shame on the politicians for listening to the CEOs. Do you think the ultrawealthy have an inordinate or inappropriate amount of influence on the political process?

A. I think they actually have an insufficient influence. Those who have enjoyed the benefits of our system more than ever now owe a duty to protect the system that has created the greatest nation on this planet. And so I hope that other individuals who have really enjoyed growing up in a country that believes in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – and economic freedom is part of the pursuit of happiness – (I hope they realize) they have a duty now to step up and protect that. Not for themselves, but for their kids and for their grandchildren and for the person down the street that they don’t even know.

Emphasis added for obvious reasons. I think he’s having sufficient influence on the Rauner campaign, to say the least.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


29 Comments
  1. - lake county democrat - Friday, Jun 13, 14 @ 3:31 pm:

    The guys anti-casino views are a little surprising, otherwise seems like the kind of guy Rauner would hang with: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-03-10/business/ct-biz-0310-ken-griffin-interview_1_chicago-casino-citadel-political-contributions


  2. - yo - Friday, Jun 13, 14 @ 3:31 pm:

    this is one vote you can’t buy, hedgies.


  3. - Amalia - Friday, Jun 13, 14 @ 3:35 pm:

    steak dinners, caged chickens. beware the voters.


  4. - Wally - Friday, Jun 13, 14 @ 3:35 pm:

    And the ads will soon hit the airwaves!!!!


  5. - Mighty M. Mouse - Friday, Jun 13, 14 @ 3:36 pm:

    Eric Cantor raised $4,700,000 versus Dave Brat’s $231,000, more than 20 times more, but big ideas can have a bigger impact than big money.


  6. - Timmeh - Friday, Jun 13, 14 @ 3:36 pm:

    Rauner’s new budget plan: Kindly ask people making over 1 million dollars for a donation of 3% of their income.


  7. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Jun 13, 14 @ 3:42 pm:

    I apologize to - Wordslinger - and - AA -….

    To the Post,

    When a friend can drop $2.5 million on you, and both you and your friend think nothing of the real value if that cash, except the value of the ROI of the prestige of a title, and cutting out the middlemen in impacting “insiders”… Yowza.

    There is no worry for Rauner;

    Except voter, message, and staving of criticism with the “baloney” word.

    Is it time to begin the “Carpet bombing” of the $54 million, the Feds investigating, and the shine off what is left of Pat Quinn?

    Yep.

    This isn’t for “How great is Bruce”, this is “How bad is Quinn”.

    Quinn knows this, that Crew has to. They know the money game is lost.

    Unions, teachers and their union, the Ballot initiatives, education on Rauner, and the Field Ops…

    Until another $2+ million is dropped.

    June 13th. Why not wait till June 29? Why not even wait till July 1?

    “When you have it, you wait for no one”

    Troubling days ahead for Quinn’s Crew.


  8. - A guy... - Friday, Jun 13, 14 @ 3:47 pm:

    I’ve definitely got to meet this guy. Right now I’m the guy way down the street who he doesn’t even know. If I knew where he lived, I’d start walking my dog by his house daily.


  9. - wordslinger - Friday, Jun 13, 14 @ 3:50 pm:

    Tribbie star Melissa Harris had an indispensable interview with Griff if you want to understand how this wannabe King Louis’ view of the world.

    He revealed a wee bit too much to an excellent interviewer. Hint: If you don’t have bread, eat cake.

    –”I spend way too much of my time thinking about politics these days because government is way too involved in financial markets these days,” he said. –

    Bite me.

    The criminally incompetent or bad-faith regulation of financial markets (take your pick) let scumbags like Griff wipe out trillions in home equity, the only wealth most middle-class folks had, tossing millions out of work. We’ve been scratching back ever since.

    The got bailed out, you got hosed.

    How’s the stock market doing these days, Ken? Government, in the form of the Fed, treating you right, yet?

    Read the whole thing. This is the Rauner crowd. Produce nothing, huffle money around and take the cream off the top.

    http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-03-11/business/ct-biz-0311-confidential-griffin-web-version-20120311_1_american-crossroads-politics-republicans-and-democrats


  10. - 47th Ward - Friday, Jun 13, 14 @ 3:51 pm:

    ===but big ideas can have a bigger impact than big money===

    I’d be careful mentioning big ideas and Professor Brat in the same sentence.

    “Mr. Brat’s academic work has drawn particular interest because he is seen as the odds-on favorite in a heavily Republican district. Religious ethics rarely enter into mainstream economic theory, but they are topics that Mr. Brat, who describes himself in his writing as a Calvinist, has turned to repeatedly. In a 2011 article, “God and Advanced Mammon — Can Theological Types Handle Usury and Capitalism?” published in a journal of religion, Mr. Brat questioned whether Christianity could be reconciled with government programs.

    “Are you willing to force someone you know to pay for the benefits for one of your neighbors?” he asked. “Very few Christians I know are willing to say ‘yes’ to this question.”

    In the same essay, he argued: “If we make all of the people good, markets will be good. If markets are bad, which they are, that means people are bad, which they are. Want good markets? Change the people.”

    Several economists said in interviews that Mr. Brat often appeared not to be writing as an economist. “I did find him pretty confusing,” said Justin Wolfers, a professor of economics and public policy at the University of Michigan, and a fellow at the Brookings Institution. “This dude just really wants us all to go to church, and that appears to be his economic policy conclusion.”

    Mr. Brat has an unpredictable streak. He takes a generally free-market, libertarian stance, but economists of that stripe generally favor relaxed immigration, while Mr. Brat not only opposes it, but used the issue to great effect against Mr. Cantor.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/13/us/david-brat-and-jack-trammell-show-unease-in-the-spotlight.html?hpw&rref=politics&_r=1


  11. - Anonymous - Friday, Jun 13, 14 @ 3:55 pm:

    Griffin and his wife have now given more than $3.5 million to Rauner’s campaign. He has a ways to go before he reaches 3% of his annual income. And he’s worth $3 billion, so the possibilities are endless.


  12. - 47th Ward - Friday, Jun 13, 14 @ 3:57 pm:

    $2.5 million ain’t chicken feed.


  13. - Snucka - Friday, Jun 13, 14 @ 3:58 pm:

    That last Anonymous was me.

    I also count $6.6 million total since the March 31 filing. I have a feeling this Griffin contribution is the start of regular seven-digit deposits for the Rauner campaign.


  14. - Amalia - Friday, Jun 13, 14 @ 3:59 pm:

    @47th Ward, great post on Brat. he is a very controversial figure and while the district is certainly heavily republican, the general should be interesting. and filled with money.


  15. - Soccermom - Friday, Jun 13, 14 @ 4:09 pm:

    So does Griffin get the chickens?


  16. - Anon - Friday, Jun 13, 14 @ 4:15 pm:

    Oligarchs trying to make sure they have sufficient influence.


  17. - 47th Ward - Friday, Jun 13, 14 @ 4:17 pm:

    ===So does Griffin get the chickens?===

    Soccermon, for $2.5 Mil, he should be getting steaks.


  18. - media buyer - Friday, Jun 13, 14 @ 4:21 pm:

    Oswego Willy, the last time I checked, one can go on television for about $1 million a week. If Quinn starts July 1st, that would cost him roughly $16 million to be on TV till Election day. Are you saying that Quinn can’t raise $16 million to talk about Bruce’s chickens and mansions? Pat Quinn is no Kirk Dillard, he HAS resources.


  19. - Norseman - Friday, Jun 13, 14 @ 4:25 pm:

    Rauner “can’t be bought,” but he and his other rich friends want to buy the election. Nothing illegal or wrong with that, but don’t tell me this is some hero trying to make things better for me and a majority of residents in this state. His money is being used to pay for misleading or untruthful ads designed to make people buy a pig in the poke.

    Once this pig is purchased we’ll see that the folks who benefit are the rich ones who invested in this campaign.


  20. - Rhino Slider - Friday, Jun 13, 14 @ 4:30 pm:

    The new Jack Roeser.


  21. - A guy... - Friday, Jun 13, 14 @ 4:33 pm:

    We’ve seen Organized Labor, Party Leadership and the combination of both throw huge piles of money around before. It’s hard to feel sorry for them when someone else matches or exceeds what has traditionally been their controllable areas of influence. Pat Quinn couldn’t raise a fuss, let alone a fortune, until the surrounding players got involved. I’m just not sure how this is different.


  22. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Jun 13, 14 @ 4:34 pm:

    - media buyer -, it’s Friday, US Open week, World Cup Soccer is going on, and you ask a Word Math Problem?

    To your question towards me,

    Do I think Quinn will not sufficiently be able to “counter”?

    No, I think the $16 million on TV can be found. The question and what I was walking around the barn was that Rauner, again, is setting the money pace. That $2.5 was not given to get interest in an account to get a bank toaster. It’s going out, it’s going out now.

    Will Quinn finally get to the educating of the voters on Rauner? I dunno, but it’s lazy time, unless you have the resources, and you are willing to spend them, today (See Blago re-elect)

    Every day Rauner was off the gas on Quinn was a gift, but no maximizing the quiet by Quinn’s Crew to frame who Rauner is/was. This $2.5 million is setting the spending pace again.

    Will Quinn “match “, go stride for stride on $1 million a week for saturation? He may have to, he may have those resources, but now it’s a matter of the question of “When?”

    By taking the cash before June 30 too, is that a shot across the bow? Probably.

    See - AA -, AWillyWord Con$ulting would love part of that $16 million, but I digress…


  23. - wordslinger - Friday, Jun 13, 14 @ 4:41 pm:

    –Eric Cantor raised $4,700,000 versus Dave Brat’s $231,000, more than 20 times more, but big ideas can have a bigger impact than big money.–

    BS.

    You extrapolate way too much out of the defeat of the universally disliked and stupid Eric Cantor in a gerrymandered GOP VA district.

    Seriously, seen any columns crying about Cantor getting beat? Nobody liked the dude. He was the House GOP Wall Street and K Street shill.

    He spent $5 million on negative spots ripping someone nobody had ever heard of. He raised Brat’s name recognition. If he spent nothing, he probably would have won.

    He spent a bundle on some pollster that told him he was up by 34 points! Where did that number come from? Crack? It couldn’t have been actual polling.

    Every idiot Congresscritter knows that you work the district above all. Cantor spent primary day in Washington, as did his campaign manager.

    His district was in Richmond, not Seattle!

    For crying out loud, it was stupidity that prevented him from working Richmond. It wasn’t Bobby Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia.

    As far as money, review Blago vs. JBT.

    It was ipartisan, business, dirty money that allowed a phony like Blago to buy spots to beat a JBT like a rented mule.

    It was disgusting, shameful and we all got what we deserved.

    Learn.

    There’s another election coming up.


  24. - Walker - Friday, Jun 13, 14 @ 4:43 pm:

    The Cantor/Brat race might be analogous, but in a different way than suggested above.

    The lesson might be that any amount of money cannot save an arrogant and out-of-contact incumbent. The mood starts at anti-incumbent, and in Illinois the Challenger has the money to build on that sentiment.

    Brat said his personal goal is to “combine Economics with my Christian philosophy”. Kind of like “Creation Science” I guess. That might produce a political ideology, but it hardly qualifies him as “an economist” in the usual sense of the word.

    He won, it’s been reported, more by being anti-incumbent and anti-Washington, than with any new ideas.

    Quinn would have a tough enough time on an evenly funded playing field, as an incumbent, given the state’s economic challenges.


  25. - OneMan - Friday, Jun 13, 14 @ 5:03 pm:

    == this is one vote you can’t buy, hedgies. ==

    Well using your logic and a 1,000,000 threshold you might as well insert

    Senate Democratic Fund
    Republican State Senate Committee
    Hair Care Products Company Guy


  26. - Chicago Cynic - Friday, Jun 13, 14 @ 5:47 pm:

    This is further confirmation of my theory that the A team has left the building. This is stupid on the part of the Rauner campaign. They didn’t need this in one giant, story-inducing check. 1/2 mil a month wouldn’t have gotten anywhere near as much attention as one $2.5 million check…and there will probably be more.

    As to Cantor, most of the press completely missed the boat on this one. As the saying goes, Cantor went Washington and ignored his district. His district felt betrayed and gave him the boot. Happens from time to time. Only difference this time is that the moron who neglected his district was in leadership.


  27. - Soccermom - Friday, Jun 13, 14 @ 6:29 pm:

    PQ has about $9 million in the bank. He should be able to do another $7 mill without any trouble. So he’ll be able to match.


  28. - VanillaMan - Friday, Jun 13, 14 @ 9:53 pm:

    Calm down.
    It’s only money.
    Voters know what they want.
    Quinn needs to show them he has it.


  29. - Mighty M. Mouse - Saturday, Jun 14, 14 @ 2:43 am:

    === I’d be careful mentioning big ideas and Professor Brat in the same sentence.===

    47 warned me…

    === BS.

    You extrapolate way too much out of the defeat of the universally disliked and stupid Eric Cantor in a gerrymandered GOP VA district.===

    … and Word delivered the blow.

    So clearly I was way too succinct. What I meant in the context of the Virginia race was that the right combination of ideas taken together were perceived by the electorate as being “big” enough to overcome an overwhelming money disadvantage.

    Those ideas may have been simple things like, but not limited to, tea party red meat on immigration to a gerrymandered district, a decision to take advantage of an absentee incumbent and some creative (read untrue) advertising, but they worked.

    In other words, “He figured it out!”, if figuring it out means Prof. Brat figured out how to beat a majority leader in a primary, an unprecedented achievement. The object is to win and he won.

    And he didn’t use money to win, he used ideas. Even if I think they were bad ideas, they were designed to appeal to his electorate and take him to victory, and the combination worked. He won.

    In a different context, such as the gubernatorial election in Illinois, a big idea could really BE a true “idea whose time has come,” rather than a sly conglomeration of bad ideas tailored to speak to a congressional district. It’s still pretty early but so far no such serious, riveting issue (with legs) has emerged.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Cable TV buys
* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* Rauner vetoes several social service bills
* Ok, that's enough
* I truly hate this US Senate race
* Rauner signs life insurance bill
* Question of the day
* State bond sale goes well, but still paid a higher price
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Picking on the little guys
* We've been a sorry state for a long time
* Munger and Mendoza face off in hostile debate
* I'm still befuddled by this move
* *** UPDATED x5 - Motion approved - Noven to withdraw - $421 million budget hit - One appointee appears to be ineligible - The plot thickens as three new board members appointed *** Controversy expected at TRS hearing today
* React to remap reform ruling
* Divided court kicks remap reform off ballot
* 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

  
* BLU homepage doesn’t mention Windows Phone products
* AT&T Galaxy S5 gets Marshmallow with S5 Active at nearly 11 months from Nexus image dump
* Spotify denies burying results for artists taking Apple Music exclusives
* Walter Duncan of Quick Key has some fascinating fixes for our edtech problems
* The flagship is dead, long live the new flagship
* Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus 10 expected at IFA 2016
* Eighth beta for Apple software out for devs, seventh iOS 10 beta for public

* Rodon rolls on to lead White Sox over M's
* X-rays negative after Eaton HBP on right arm
* X-rays negative after Eaton HBP on right arm
* Gonzalez on track for rehab assignment
* Sale, Quintana posting Cy Young-worthy numbers
* Sox topple Seattle on Quintana's gem, 4 HRs
* Sox topple Seattle on Quintana's gem, 4 HRs

...............


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

Archives
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

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0
WordPress

Loading


* Andy Shaw: Who needs a park board when City Hal.....
* Chicago Schools Budget Uses Pension Overhaul to.....
* College Illinois! appears headed for a future b.....
* Fact check: All Kids health care spending on un.....
* Bill Daley wants an Illinois constitutional con.....
* Tom Kacich: 13th Congressional District a breat.....
* Union money contaminates Springfield..
* Judge Rules on Internet Infrastructure – Alton .....
* Editorial: We must not surrender to Illinois ‘t.....
* Governor Bruce Rauner Stops at IL State Fairgro.....


* 2 United pilots suspected of being drunk arrested in Glasgow
* 2 Chicago men charged in shooting of NBA star Wade's cousin
* Enrollment up at other Missouri universities as MU drops
* Ohio chief justice on court impacts, roles in drug epidemic
* Studies: Illinois' fixed-tuition law drives up others' costs
* Studies: Illinois' fixed-tuition law drives up others' costs
* University of Illinois game time texting system rarely used
* Northwest Indiana airports fight aviation downturn
* EXCHANGE: Labrador ready to help victims of child abuse
* EXCHANGE: Presidential museum gets rare Lincoln biography

* Despite budget warnings from Rauner, TRS board votes to lower investment estimates
* Progress on U.S. 67 sputters due to lack of funds
* New law makes insurance companies find, pay beneficiaries
* Decatur woman can petition to become nurse under new law
* Illinois redistricting referendum won't appear on ballot
* Comptroller hopefuls argue independence from Madigan, Rauner
* Springfield-area jobless rate remains lowest in Illinois
* Illinois 'Obamacare' health insurance rates up significantly
* Rauner's office warns teachers' pension change could be 'devastating'

* What do you get for $2,000 in rent?
* Cubs stars growing too big for Chicago market
* Warehouses are sexy all of a sudden. Here's why.
* How Macy's retreat is affecting this REIT's fortunes
* What's not to like about Obamacare? Plenty in Illinois


* Chicago Dancing Festival triumphs at Millennium Park finale
* Charles Osgood, 83, to step down at ‘CBS News Sunday Morning’
* Laura Washington: Lightfoot utters two words we dare not run from
* Editorial: Cutting through Chicago’s food-truck traffic jam
* 2 United pilots suspected of being drunk arrested in Glasgow
* Man shot driving in Fernwood, crashes vehicle injuring 2 children
* Andy Shaw: Who needs a park board when City Hall calls the shots?
* Monday letters: Revise police union contract for good of all
* Bears cut 10, including eight offensive players
* 64-year-old woman reported missing from Chatham


* Brothers held without bail in fatal shooting of Dwyane Wade's cousin
* Sen. Joni Ernst tries to rise with Donald Trump by her side
* It was a union for the ages, until it wasn't. Is Europe lost?
* US election so nuts I just might win, Libertarian Johnson says
* Nasir Phillips, East Aurora blow big lead but bounce back to beat Elgin
* Donald Trump has a massive Catholic problem
* Police search for driver in fatal Morton Grove hit-and-run
* Jon Lester, Cubs in scoreless tie with Dodgers in 3rd
* Italy to see if building negligence raised earthquake death toll; 291 dead
* Trump stand-ins struggle to speak for and defend nominee


The widget AQL4JYGHIY powered by Feed Informer does not exist.


* Angie Muhs: The ups and downs of online comments
* Bernard Schoenburg: Davis, GOP quick to attack independent Gill
* Statehouse Insider: Do we hafta put all of that money into pensions?
* Their View: Fair maps shouldn't be victims of partisanship
* Raising awareness to end domestic violence
* Mom's legacy lives on through fund
* Despite budget warnings from Rauner, TRS board votes to lower investment estimates
* Progress on U.S. 67 sputters due to lack of funds
* New law makes insurance companies find, pay beneficiaries
* Charles Krauthammer: The bribery standard


* Lower speed limit coming on McCullough Road, a key shortcut for closed Lancaster Road bridge traffic
* Random Acts of Kindness: Strangers help find lost hearing aid
* Motorcycle accident kills two in De Soto
* Daily Digest 8/28/16
* Divorces
* PFOP: Bloomington painter wowed, swindled Chicago’s high society
* Communities work to provide a playground for children
* New wave: Normal Township senior center exceeds expectations
* UI Library system has so much more to check out than books
* Rob Kanter/Environmental Almanac: Our residence has gone solar


* Gabutto Burger opening in Rolling Meadows next week
* How many is too many? IHSA may restrict how much young pitchers can throw
* Remembering the matriarch of West Chicago's Sonny Acres Farm
* Rodon continues second half surge as White Sox sink Mariners
* Titans waive 11 to trim roster before Tuesday's NFL deadline

* 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

* Des Plaines Gets $11.4 Million To Purchase......

* Kirk wants to widend locks, dams on Illino......
* Duckworth outlines principles for immigrat......

* GoFundMe Set Up For Funeral Of Man Murdered In Gang Crossfire
* Kinney serves as liaison to United Kingdom
* Using international experience to help Illinois REALTORS®
* Illinois home prices increase in July; Sales lower amid tight inventory
* CAR dedicates memorial to Maner, the association’s first African-American president
* QCARA members brush up on their painting skills at Habitat for Humanity project
* Illinois REALTORS® named to key NAR committee posts
* CAR Global Council panel discussion encourages understanding of different cultures
* NAR offers video about Aug. 29 drone rule changes
* NAR foundation will donate up to $350K in Louisiana flood assistance


* Statement on Redistricting Referendum
* Rauner Administration Takes Action to Help Illinoisans Find Lost Life Insurance Money
* Illinois Residents Encouraged to Register for ‘The Great ShakeOut’ Earthquake Drill - 'Drop, Cover and Hold On’ Drill Set for October 20
* Governor Takes Bill Action
* Illinois Seeking Flexibility to Improve Delivery of Behavioral Health Care




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