Capitol Fax.com - Your Illinois News Radar » No big money from the Griffins this fall?
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
No big money from the Griffins this fall?

Monday, Oct 1, 2012

* There were lots of rumors earlier this year of bigtime bucks for legislative races coming from people like Ken and Ann Griffin this fall. Maybe not

The Nov. 6 contests for the White House and Congress are only part of the picture for the new cadre of wealthy financiers who are looking to magnify their impact by focusing on state and local politics. They are not putting much money into state Republicans’ slim chances of reversing Democratic control of the Legislature this year, but insiders expect their influence to grow dramatically with statewide offices, including U.S. senator and governor on the ballot two years from now. […]

Also stepping into a new activist role are mega-donors Kenneth Griffin, who founded the hedge fund firm Citadel LLC, and Anne Dias Griffin, who founded her hedge fund firm, Aragon Global Management. The husband and wife have donated more than $6.1 million to candidates and causes at the state and federal level since 1998. […]

“All these people, they make decisions based on data, on ROI (return on investment), based on performance. That’s how they make money,” the consultant said. “You can’t just call up these folks and say ‘I’m a Republican. I need money.’ What is your plan? How do you get across the finish line. What’s your ROI? What’s your approach?”

And it appears that the investment community will pull back if results aren’t delivered.

“They’re no longer interested in jumping behind (someone) who has tried and failed,” the consultant said. “They want to do it themselves because the (politicians) at the head tables haven’t done it.”

The investment community provided substantial seed money, including $190,000 from the Griffins, to the Two Party System Inc. PAC that in 2010 spent more than $800,000 to back state House GOP candidates and campaigns. But promises of major pickups against Democrats never materialized. Through the first half of this election year, the PAC has made no contributions.

The Griffins have contributed just $30,000 since July.

…Adding… Illinois Review

Newsweb media mogul Fred J. Eychaner ranks 13 on the nation’s list of top political donors.

In addition to his efforts for President Obama, Eychaner is one of the 2012’s highest national indiviual donors to liberal legislative candidates and political action committees in the 2012 cycle.

In this cycle alone, Eychaner has donated over $3 million to federal Democrat-affilliated Political Action Committees […]

Of the $377,000 he has given thus far to Illinois Democrat candidates and the Democratic Victory Fund and the Senate Democrats, nearly half - $190,000 - went to the abortion advocacy group Personal PAC

- Posted by Rich Miller        

17 Comments
  1. - Michelle Flaherty - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 2:15 pm:

    Why would the Griffins donate to campaigns when they can use their new “media” venture to promote their agenda?


  2. - Reality Check - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 2:22 pm:

    Why would the Griffins donate to campaigns when they can use Pat Quinn and Rahm Emanuel to promote their agenda?


  3. - just sayin' - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 2:26 pm:

    Griffins must have woken up about lack of good investments.


  4. - Cal Skinner - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 2:41 pm:

    Eychaner gave $5,000 to Dee Beaubien:

    http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2012/10/01/could-a-statewide-building-code-be-aimed-at-putting-windmills-anywhere-without-local-interference-2/


  5. - train111 - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 2:53 pm:

    In contrast to Eychaner’s $377K to Dem Candidates, there is Jack Roeser, Jeanine Roeser, Rep Rennaisance PAC, and Otto Engineering chipping in a little under $520K to GOP candidates and PACs. (This figure includes only after April 1, so is only for the general election cycle and was gotten together quickly)

    Also Richard Uihlein and his wife Elizabeth have chipped in another $139.5K into GOP candidates since 4/1.

    train111


  6. - train111 - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 2:55 pm:

    I guess my point is that Illinois Review has to lay off the faux Drudge ‘outrage of the day’ and accept that they have big bucks coming into their side too.

    train111


  7. - wordslinger - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 3:16 pm:

    Money-man Rahm’s doing their dirty work in the city. They don’t need to pony up there.

    The Griffins are union busters, investing in a long game to cash in on the privatization of schools and everything else.

    I don’t think Quinn is a union-buster, but he is over his head with this crew. A bad economy and years of putting things off to manana make his job virtually impossible, especially when he’s being pounded by the cynical company goons of Fox and the Trib.

    Make the google your friend, and check out the Griffins, guys like Rauner and the hedgies who smell the meat-a-cooking when it comes to government.

    They’re what Gov. Perry and Speaker Gingrich called vulture capitalists. Bust-out gangsters, like Paulie Vario, but legal.

    They buy up “undervalued assets,” charge them huge fees, chop them up, run up their credit and walk away with all the money if things go south.

    The unions — your neighbors like the teacher, cop, firemen and food service worker — are in the way from them cashing in on government.

    Public union employees have to go for them to succeed and that’s what this national “class warfare” is all about.


  8. - PQ's Primary Opponent - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 3:27 pm:

    That Eggers donation was a good investment..


  9. - CircularFiringSquad - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 3:30 pm:

    Did anyone else notice the Girffins apparently force LittleMissMakeItUp to Reboot their 10K back Billboards as he was withdrawing?

    WhackyJack is still pouring cash in

    And the wingnuts now have their radio son on morning drive at Blagoof Broadcasting
    Fire, Aim, Ready


  10. - James the Intolerant - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 3:31 pm:

    THe Griffins are also funding the commercials constantly running in which Rahm is proclaiming victory in the CPS school strike. I know the commercials are paid for from private donors, but if it is really “all about the children” why not spend that $1M on laptops for the children.


  11. - Rich Miller - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 3:36 pm:

    ===Did anyone else notice the Girffins apparently force LittleMissMakeItUp to Reboot their 10K back Billboards as he was withdrawing?===

    Translation here. Check the first entry.


  12. - Colossus - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 3:48 pm:

    Thanks for the translation, Rich. Sometimes CFS can sound like Gabby Johnson from Blazing Saddles. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ke5Mr5eCF2U)

    I say that with all due affection, CircularFiringSquad…

    I once spent the weekend at a SC cabin with some locals. I knew it was time to leave when I actually started to understand the Authentic Southern Gibberish.


  13. - train111 - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 3:53 pm:

    Rich

    There is another of those goofy entries where the HRO gave Glenn Nixon $40K in the 79th and then he contributed it back to Citizens for Tom Cross.

    Is this some sort of goofy legal money laundering??

    train111


  14. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 3:54 pm:

    House Republicans were a bad investment. Stand for Illinois turned out to be a pretty big waste of money.

    I don’t blame the Griffins for waiting to see how things shake out. When you’ve got their kind of wealth, you can always make new friends after the election.


  15. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 3:55 pm:

    And maybe, just MAYBE they’ve finally figured out that its Republicans who are stonewalling on pension reform.


  16. - Arthur Andersen - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 4:20 pm:

    Rich, your CFS Magic Decoder Ring is working well today.


  17. - western illinois - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 10:33 pm:

    Maybe the Republicans sumped pension “reform” because none of these outfits put up the money.
    We are alos seeing jillions in negative ads doing nothing. Ohio Senate is a case in point


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Pritzker, Biss respond to Senate budget votes
* In her dreams
* Support High-Performing Charter Schools
* "I’m a big believer in win-win"
* Unkind headlines
* Modernize the Vital Records Act - Support HB 1785
* *** LIVE *** Session coverage
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's stories

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

...............
<


Loading


* Day after Senate budget vote, GOP tries to push.....
* Day after Senate budget vote, GOP tries to push.....
* Illinois Senate Approves Budget and Tax Plan Wi.....
* Day after Senate budget vote, GOP tries to push.....
* Day After Senate Budget Vote, GOP Tries To Push.....
* Governor Bruce Rauner Reflects on Honor Flight .....


* Airlines have rules about taking photos, video on planes
* Chicago officials seek requests to overhaul Midway parking
* Indianapolis high school football star dies from shooting
* $100M gift to create University of Chicago health institute
* EXCHANGE: Company looks to put Peoria on the textile map
* Man accused of stealing $10 million in mortgage scheme
* Chicago education officials considering borrowing plans
* Day after Senate budget vote, GOP tries to push Rauner plan
* $100M gift to create University of Chicago health institute
* After England bombing, Chicago reminds people to be alert

* House Democrats propose college grant program
* Senate Dems approve $5.4B tax increase; budget fight continues
* Budget showdown: Senate Dems approve $5.4B tax increase
* Budget showdown: Senate Dems approve $5B tax increase
* Red-light cameras rake in millions for Chicago suburbs
* Budget showdown: House Dems call on Rauner to negotiate
* Budget showdown: House Democrats call on Rauner to negotiate
* Illinois Senate plans to vote on budget today
* Museums team up for reflection on former Gov. James Thompson
* Workers' comp changes could face Illinois Senate vote

* 'Jurassic World' opens at the Field Museum
* DeVry parent changes name
* Health insurers stiffed by budgetless Illinois take plea to federal court
* Top Chicago investment bankers exit
* Duchossois family donates $100 million for new U of C wellness institute


* Masked man in orange construction suit tries to rob South Side bank
* Serena Williams accepts a new challenge – in Silicon Valley
* 60-year-old woman charged with prostitution at Lake Villa spa
* Same-sex couple says Southwest discriminated against them
* Parent company of DeVry University changing its name
* United CEO likely to face investor questions about dragging
* More arrests in Manchester bombing; London tourist sites protected
* Round Lake Beach man hits $650K lottery jackpot
* 72-year-old man hit during attempted carjacking in Gage Park
* Rock bass big enough for Illinois record: Reasons why not worth seeing


* All aboard: Joliet Rocket steamin' into town
* Cheap out: Five fun things to do for free
* Quigley says Russia probe is 'in its infancy'
* Victims of Manchester concert bombing: Who they were
* Trump to pope: 'Thank you, I won't forget what you said'
* Cubs' David Ross said he's 'in' if there's a 'Magic Mike' sequel
* Prosecutors: Hinsdale defendant used GPS, bought ammo before man's slaying
* Man allegedly tossed poodles from Oak Lawn garage after claiming them as his on Facebook
* Man, 69, fights off carjackers on Southwest Side, stabbing one of them
* 'The Voice' finale: The unusual way that winner Chris Blue made show history


» How Would Trump’s Budget Affect Illinois?
» Illinois Democrats Pass Budget Proposal in Senate
» Illinois Senate Approves Tax Hike, $37B Budget Plan
» Chicago Teachers Give Schools Chief No Confidence Vote
» Palatine Transgender Student To Graduate, But Locker Room Debate Continues
» Unusual Suspects: Who Supports Stricter Punishment For Illinois’ Repeat Gun Offenders
» Springfield Developer, Lobbyist Pitch Downtown Casino
» Cook County Board President To Seek Third Term Next Year
» 2 More Leaks Found Along Dakota Access Pipeline
» Springfield Casino? A Businessman Likes The Odds


* Sounding the Alarm: Unacceptable
* House Democrats propose college grant program
* Senate Dems approve $5.4B tax increase; budget fight continues
* E.J. Dionne: Can the pope save Trump?
* Byron York: At this rate, it won't matter if Trump colluded with Russia
* Guest Column: Innovation key to improved public works infrastructure
* Catherine Rampell: To see how Trumpcare would work, look to Iowa
* Michael Gerson: Trump's house of betrayal
* Budget showdown: Senate Dems approve $5.4B tax increase
* Budget showdown: Senate Dems approve $5B tax increase


* Midwest Members Credit Union announces $1,000 scholarship winner
* Car seat safety tips: How to choose the right seat
* Alton’s Beall Mansion recognized by TripAdvisor for excellence
* Graco recalls 25,494 car seats
* NOW: Open Line with Jim Turpin
* Police confiscate drugs, handgun after search of East Alton home
* Floodgates going up Friday in Clinton
* What’s the best thing on every Main Street in the metro-east?
* Mahomet man injured in I-74 crash
* State series split ends girls lacrosse season at 10-6


* Northwest suburban police blotter
* A hearty walk opens your mind, spirit to God
* Downtown gazebo named in honor of 'Mr. Barrington'
* Parent company of DeVry University changing its name
* Report: McDonald's workers rally for higher wages, close streets near HQ

* Jim Walz Will Challenge Randy Hultgren for...
* PHOTOS: Protesters stage die-in at Randy H...
* Protesters continue die-in at US Rep. Rand...
* US Rep. Randy Hultgren's office the scene ...
* Second Democrat announces bid to unseat Hu...
* Sweet: Hultgren, Roskam, Kinzinger avoid b...
* Local Republicans, Democrats praise appoin...
* Common Cause seeks action to get Trump's t...
* House GOP takes first steps to undo financ...
* Teacher raised in Yorkville running agains...

* The GOP must fight against the Durbin amen......

* Inspector General Finds 'Cockroach Infesta......
* Hines VA Hospital staff working to rid kit......
* Senator Duckworth Calls For Investigation ......

* Meet Chicago's American Writers Museum
* The [Wednesday] Papers
* The impotent Illinois Education Association is a day late and a dollar short on pension theft.
* A remarkably clear explanation of Illinois public pension issues.
* Some corporations and LLCs still need to reinstate non-renewed real estate licenses
* VIDEO: April Housing Report
* JB Pritzker calls on Congress to initiate Trump impeachment proceedings
* Illinois Democrats pander to Rauner’s foolish bargain.
* Illinois considers adding more casinos to help fill budget gap
* ROTY Banquet tickets on sale until May 30


* Illinois Awarded Funds to Offer Advanced Training on Detecting Impaired Driving
* Illinois EPA Announces Upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events
* IEMA Highlights Emergency Preparedness for People with Access and Functional Needs in May - Ready Illinois website offers preparedness tips for people, caregivers
* First Lady Launches Illinois Family Connects
* Governor and Lt. Governor Unveil 2016 Journal of Local Government Shared Service Best Practices

  
* Facebook doubles down on live video with two new features
* Security & Privacy: Do You Need Mobile Antivirus Apps?
* LG V10 scores Android 7.0 Nougat a little sooner than expected, at least in Korea
* Robotic toymaker Sphero unveils Ultimate Lightning McQueen — a chatty, smartphone-controlled car
* Deal: 1TB of Zoolz Dual Cloud Storage is just $29.99 for life
* Apple Said to Aim for Trial Production of Micro-LED Displays by End of 2017
* T-Mobile Will Pay Off Your iPhone If You Switch From Verizon

* Quintana looks to avoid another no-decision
* Renteria uses NL maneuvers to guide club
* Trio of HRs not enough as White Sox fall in desert
* Keeping it 100: Abreu hits milestone homer
* Covey exits start in 3rd with oblique soreness
* Trio of HRs not enough as White Sox fall in desert
* Quintana looks to avoid another no-decision


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

Archives
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
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

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0
WordPress




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