* Ty Fahner is behind this new group, but Fahner hasn’t proved to be much of a fundraiser. Ron Gidwitz knows how to raise money and he’s the group’s treasurer. IMA honcho Greg Baise is also involved…
Top Illinois business officials have formed an “independent expenditure” group that intends to spend millions of dollars this fall backing General Assembly candidates who favor pension and budget reform and more charter schools. […]
The spending cannot legally be coordinated with campaign decisions made by legislative leaders and individual candidates. But such groups have few limits on how much money they can raise or spend and have been extremely effective nationally as well as in Illinois, where such spending helped state Sen. Kirk Dillard almost unseat Bruce Rauner in the March GOP gubernatorial primary. […]
Mr. Fahner would say only that the group will raise “a reasonably large amount” for the fall campaigns — well above the several hundred thousands of dollars that has been raised by another political action committee, We Mean Business, which directly donates to political campaigns.
Other sources said the group hopes to hit the $5 million figure — enough, if reached, to offset much of the spending from labor unions on the other side of key issues.
Bruce Rauner is supposedly not involved.