Capitol Fax.com - Your Illinois News Radar » Turn on the Wayback Machine
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Turn on the Wayback Machine

Tuesday, Feb 4, 2014

* Erickson reaches back into the archives to rebut Dan Rutherford’s claims that his cleanliness has never been questioned in more than two decades in office

In 2002, while he was serving in the Illinois House, Rutherford used his campaign funds to buy a district office in Pontiac and then routinely paid workers in the office out of his state-paid account and his campaign fund.

The practice raised red flags with one watchdog group that said the arrangement could make it hard for voters to determine if there was a conflict of interest in the operation.

Rutherford, who was in the midst of a successful run for a seat in the Illinois Senate at the time, said his employees were not mixing politics with their taxpayer-funded duties. […]

At the time, analysts said the fact that Rutherford had co-mingled his campaign- and taxpayer-paid staff showed the lack of a strong “firewall” designed to ward off potential ethical problems.

Rutherford told The Pantagraph at the time that he had cleared the building arrangement with state election regulators, but a check of how other state lawmakers handled their district offices found few others who organized their offices in the same way.

Out of thousands of campaign funds in Illinois, the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform said only two other politicians were using a similar set-up.

Those other two were Rosemont Mayor Don Stephens and Cicero Town President Betty Loren Maltese.

Oops.

* However, it should be clearly noted here that using campaign funds to pay for state services is totally allowed under the law. State funds can’t pay for campaign activities, but people can use their campaign funds to subsidize public services. It actually saves state money if done properly and above board.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

17 Comments
  1. - Joan P. - Tuesday, Feb 4, 14 @ 2:04 pm:

    Not much of a rebuttal. Nothing there says that Rutherford’s cleanliness was questioned.

    That a legal activity, cleared by regulators, led ONE group to say it “might make it hard” to determine a conflict in no way is an accusation of “uncleanliness”.


  2. - walker - Tuesday, Feb 4, 14 @ 2:12 pm:

    Stephens and Maltese

    That’s some bad company!

    You don’t have to go too far back to see some concerning activities — using state money and staff to produce what looks a lot like campaign literature in the form of a Treasurer’s Report, and then distributing it to business owners and other groups who have been donors in the past. That’s near the boundary, if not over it.

    At least no one on the staff called to follow up on that mailing asking for support.

    And to be fair, those pieces looked a lot like a Giannoulias Treasurer’s Report, which we took to calling the “album”, because it had so many flattering photos of Alexi.


  3. - The Captain - Tuesday, Feb 4, 14 @ 2:27 pm:

    I had been told a number of times that Treasurer’s office employees routinely spend state employee work time at the campaign office in Pontiac. But I also assumed that some opponent’s oppo team would have figured out the right way to phrase a FOIA to find out for sure and if they’re not leaking that info now then maybe it isn’t true.


  4. - 4 percent - Tuesday, Feb 4, 14 @ 2:28 pm:

    Also not illegal to pay your sister and mom out of the campaign account but Dan’s done it for years. I’m sure his donors wanted to send hundreds of thousands to his family.


  5. - IbendahlLuvsJBT - Tuesday, Feb 4, 14 @ 2:41 pm:

    There is nothing wrong with using your campaign funds to pay your office staff a fair wage which the state doesn’t allow for.


  6. - Joe Citizen - Tuesday, Feb 4, 14 @ 2:47 pm:

    He didn’t use campaign funds for his & assistant’s educational excursions to Israel, Korea, & China. He & his exec assistant accepted those trips as gifts from special interest. So I feel much better now.


  7. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Feb 4, 14 @ 3:07 pm:

    Never heard the term “Supreme Clout” before. I’ll bet it’s a D thing. Rs probably just don’t have the power and influence right now. Right?


  8. - Just The Way It Is One - Tuesday, Feb 4, 14 @ 3:28 pm:

    Needless to say, it was an awfully “iffy” approach to utilizing an Official State Legislative Office in that way, and so very close to the border ethically, one must wonder aloud “Just WHY did Rutherford feel the need to DO it that way…?!” I mean, really, how hard is it to just set up separate Offices, one for Legislative reasons, and another strictly for Campaign purposes, when to do otherwise, like only THREE Lawmakers altogether, even remotely imPLIES the potential for shady behavior…? And for someone who thinks he’s in the position of being up to the task of being GOVernor, it ESPECIALLY just makes no sense…!


  9. - Chicago Cynic - Tuesday, Feb 4, 14 @ 3:29 pm:

    Sorry, but I really don’t see a problem with using campaign funds to supplement public service. I’m shocked that this is supposedly so rare as I know of others.


  10. - Smitty Irving - Tuesday, Feb 4, 14 @ 4:29 pm:

    Don Stephens? If you have spare time, search the archives of
    http://www.russstewart.com/russ-analysis.html
    He is the one who coined the expression “The Kingdom of Stephens” … . You’ll read about Capparelli and Roger McAuliffe (Mike’s father).


  11. - Percival - Tuesday, Feb 4, 14 @ 5:09 pm:

    “I had been told a number of times that Treasurer’s office employees routinely spend state employee work time at the campaign office in Pontiac.”

    So what? I’ve been told by people that Rauner’s campaign is in fact involved in this thing, and naming names. So what? Those statements proved nothing then and prove nothing now. Talk is cheap, and anyone can start that stuff.


  12. - mokenavince - Tuesday, Feb 4, 14 @ 6:15 pm:

    The new U.S. Attorney will have to look in this.
    Dan should call Loren-Maltese for advice, I’M sure she will give it.


  13. - woodchuck - Tuesday, Feb 4, 14 @ 7:36 pm:

    So let’s criticize a guy for using campaign funds to save the state money on a building? Does anyone know how much money a district office employee -one who handles both the gray areas of “official” and campaign requests in the same day makes? I’ll tell you in 1995 they made about $18,000 a year - maybe that much. These are college educated kids trying to make a start on the piddly allowance the General Assembly budget gives for district offices. If a legislator opts to increase that kid’s pay by a few thousand dollars a year to reflect the extra 10-20 hours a week they spend on what could be PERCEIVED as campaign efforts to avoid any complaint of doing campaign work on state time, really? Really. It’s not a taxpayer issue here. It’s a donor issue. The donors are the ones who need to decide if their donations were handled appropriately. It looks to me, based on this ridiculous article, that Rutherford saved the taxpayers money on his tiny little office in Pontiac, Illinois. The real question is not in who owns their own district offices - it’s on who owns the offices that are leased - leased - and then tie the state dollars being paid for legislative office space to the landlords and see where the connections are. There’s no story here.


  14. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Feb 4, 14 @ 7:54 pm:

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    If you CONNECT THE DOTS doesn’t this PROVE that Dan Rutherford and Dan Proft know each other???????

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  15. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Feb 4, 14 @ 7:57 pm:

    =The donors are the ones who need to decide if their donations were handled appropriately….There’s no story here.”

    I will be sending a request to have my donation back.


  16. - Arthur Andersen - Tuesday, Feb 4, 14 @ 9:57 pm:

    Back in the day, Stan Weaver wanted to have his Senate office at his funeral home to save the State money. He wasn’t going to charge the State rent or anything-just put in a side door or the like. His reaction when told he had to rent space to avoid the appearance of a conflict would get me banned here.


  17. - Anon - Tuesday, Feb 4, 14 @ 9:59 pm:

    I’ve known Dan for many years, and dealt with him on many issues. He was always completely ethical and thoughtful. Class act through and through. I believe everyone who has dealt with him knows this. Terrible that his ethics are being challenged in this low-ball way. He deserves better, and so does Illinois.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* The updated legislative retirement list
* Question of the day
* Today's quotable
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Campaign news; Supplement to today's edition; More candidate announcements
* Poll: 66 percent of Chicagoans think the city is on the wrong track
* Our new and unbalanced budget
* Proft calls HB40 "integrity test" for Rauner
* There will be no kid glove treatment for Drury now
* Madigan denies "reports" that Rauner has asked him for budget meetings
* Catholic group warns Rauner against signing "electoral suicide note"
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Nekritz out, Raoul backed by Cullerton as unknowns ask "Why not me?"
* We need a capital bill, but don't hold your breath
* Biss starting to get questions about his voting history
* SEIU derides "3 strikes" rule, Rauner admin defends
* Preckwinkle tries again to defend pop tax
* *** UPDATED x4 - DGA, Pritzker, Pawar, Biss respond *** Rauner speaks out on NFL protests
* *** UPDATED x6 *** Harmon will lift the hold on HB40
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax
* Personal PAC planning newspaper ad claiming Gov. Rauner and First Lady "lied"
* Yesterday's stories

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

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

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

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


Loading


* Illinois governor 'strongly disagrees' with ant.....
* Editorial: Users deserve to know who's 'followi.....
* Illinois Governor Responds To NFL Protests - KT.....
* LISTEN LIVE NOW! - KTRS | St Louis News and Tal.....
* Gov. Rauner Says Anthem Protests Are Insulting .....
* State Democrats, frustrated with Rauner's indec.....


* Illinois officials encourage earthquake drill participation
* Morthland College investigated by state, federal agencies
* EXCHANGE: Corn, tomatoes just the beginning for gardener
* Full federal court to hear 'Making a Murderer' appeal
* Chicago archdiocese to focus on domestic violence in Mass
* Morris VFW finally awards jackpot after raffle was delayed
* Indiana governor seeks federal funding for railroad project
* Illinois governor 'strongly disagrees' with anthem protests
* 5 ex-managers of Bloomington arena indicted on 111 counts
* Violence in US rises for second straight year

* Rauner says anthem protests disrespectful
* Abortion rights bill sent to Rauner
* Abortion rights bill on way to Rauner
* Ex-congressman Mel Reynolds' tax trial to start Monday
* Public invited to vote on Main Street preservation projects
* Scramble begins in Illinois attorney general race
* Abortion bill is hot potato for Gov. Rauner
* New Illinois law will let adults earn high school diplomas
* Raoul enters AG race, apologizes for 'Miss America' comment
* AG candidate Raoul apologizes for 'bad characterization' of opponent

* Trust in health insurers sinks to an all-time low
* O'Hare is the nation's best for connections
* Target is smart to raise its minimum wage
* Steeler who stood for anthem now has best-selling NFL jersey
* WTTW/WFMT announce $65 million fundraising campaign


* Plainfield bank robber suspected in 2 other suburban heists
* Police: Man killed in West Englewood shooting
* Police: Man killed in Gresham crash after fleeing traffic stop
* Woman shot, critically wounded in Back of the Yards
* 9 shot, 2 fatally, in Monday gun violence in Chicago
* Man found shot in East Garfield Park
* Full federal court to hear ‘Making a Murderer’ appeal
* Man hurt in Lawndale shooting
* Georgia Nicols horoscopes for Sept. 26, 2017
* Dear Abby: Now sober, he longs for wife’s return


* Morning Spin: Emanuel budget hole now tops $259 million
* Trump, the master manipulator, using anthem controversy to divide Americans
* LINDA C. BLACK HOROSCOPES for 9/26/17
* In the first 'Opposition' episode, Jordan Klepper feels shadow of 'Colbert'
* As Ivanka Trump's political influence grows, so does secrecy surrounding her fashion brand's business ties in China
* Javier Baez escapes with bruise after fouling ball off leg
* Cubs fun includes eliminating Cardinals, winning over Nacho Man
* Cubs one step from NL Central title, eliminate Cardinals from division race
* White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia on breakout year: 'I proved it to myself'
* Chicago gets pre-Broadway tryout for ‘Pretty Woman’ musical


» College Diploma Out-Of-Reach For Growing Number Of Low-Income Illinois Students
» Violence In US Rises For Second Straight Year
» In Major Reversal, Cook County Prosecutors Agree To Reduce Sentence Of Addolfo Davis
» Abortion Legislation Puts Gov. Rauner On Election Bind
» Abortion Legislation Puts Gov. Rauner In Political Bind
» State Week: IL Attorney General Candidates, The Soda Tax, and Courting Amazon
» State Week: IL Attorney General Candidates, The Soda Tax and Courting Amazon
» Governor Running Out Of Time On Location Tracking Regulation
» In Cook County, 3 Prosecutors Are Handling Hundreds Of Wrongful Conviction Claims
» An Accounting For Meteorological Violence Among Insurers


* Marc Thiessen: Trump's UN speech promoted classic conservative ideas
* Rauner says anthem protests disrespectful
* Abortion rights bill sent to Rauner
* Abortion rights bill on way to Rauner
* Ex-congressman Mel Reynolds' tax trial to start Monday
* Public invited to vote on Main Street preservation projects
* George Will: America's engine is being slowed by complacency
* Scramble begins in Illinois attorney general race
* Statehouse Insider: Illinois finances not the worst? Believe it or not.
* Angie Muhs: New content coming to Sunday SJ-R


* Rick's Six: Cooler temps, police pursuits and Moline road work
* Photo: Long ride down
* Violence rises for second straight year
* Editorial: Users deserve to know who’s ‘following’ them online
* Commentary: The aftermath of tough talk
* Commentary: The health of the Senate
* Grant provides laptops, drone for A-C Central
* 4-H’ers add hall of fame status
* Rivermont adds Rowing Academy
* Henry Mitchell


* Cowboys kneel before national anthem against Arizona
* Villas-Boas fined for insulting Asian Champs League referee
* China postpones food import controls after global outcry
* Trump looms large in Alabama Senate race
* As senators defect, GOP concedes health bill's fate bleak

* Congressman Randy Hultgren Visits Raue Cen...
* Hultgren pushes for CHIP funding ahead of ...
* Indivisible billboard targets Hultgren, Ro...
* Nick in the AM: Bartonville native plans t...
* Hultgren Comments on CAT Closure, Hurrican...
* Montgomery mayor hosts health care forum a...
* Naperville's Lauren Underwood to run for R...
* What suburban members of Congress say abou...
* Hultgren pleads for continued funding of f...
* Rep. Randy Hultgren announces 2017 Congres...

* Senator Durbin Discusses Latest Disastrous......
* GUEST COLUMN: 'Fess up, Dick and Dianne; t......
* Dems' religious concerns hypocritical, but......

* Senator Duckworth Statement in Opposition ......

* Battle Of The Sexes - Then And Now
* Marking the purchase of a new iPhone
* EXTRA: Whole world was watching
* 9th ward meeting with Ald. Beale on Tuesday
* “The Driver’s Side” – News From The Motorist’s Perspective
* Concerned Bloomington citizen files FOIAs on city-owned stadium, results led to 111 indictments
* The [Thursday] Papers
* How flood insurance works, and how it ought to work
* Appeals court requires Texas cities co-op with immigration officials; Illinois bans same
* The premiere of The Opposition With Jordan Klepper, and more of the best things to do in Chicago this week


* 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

  
* High-quality images depicting mystery Samsung Windows Mixed Reality headset randomly show up
* iPhone X Comes With 2,716mAh Battery and 3GB of RAM
* Fairphone takes $7.7M to push for change across the electronics value chain
* Gionee M7 costs $420 in China with FullView display, dual cameras and 4000mAh battery
* Transit raises another $5M from Accel to become a hub for public transportation
* Deal: World’s slimmest 4-port charger — only $39.95
* Apple reportedly spends more on iPhone 8 Plus manufacturing than 7 Plus, profit margins still hefty

* Sox Century: Sept. 25, 1917
* Shields fires gem as White Sox play spoiler role
* Veteran Volstad gets spot start vs. Angels
* Brantly family shares special moment with Sox
* White Sox 4, Angels 2: Shields stellar seven innings holds off LA
* White Sox 4, Angels 2: Shields’ stellar seven innings holds off LA
* Shields K's 8 as White Sox play spoiler role


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

Archives
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
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