* My latest Crain’s column…
“An example of how the rich keep their money,” wrote a buddy of mine at the top of an email he forwarded the other day.
The original email was an invite to Bruce Rauner’s election night party in a big downtown Chicago hotel. At the bottom of the invitation, in all caps, was the reason for his ire: “CASH BAR.”
“Cash bar!!!” emphasized my friend, who enjoys a wee taste every now and then.
He was clearly blown away by the fact that a gazillionaire who has spent $6 million of his own money — a bigger personal investment on a governor’s race than anyone in Illinois history — was making the schlubs buy their own drinks come election night. That’s unheard of. It’s almost unholy.
Bill Brady is having a cash bar at his party at the Holiday Inn in downstate Bloomington on the night of the March 18 primary, but his campaign doesn’t have two nickels to rub together. Mr. Rauner, on the other hand, is beyond flush.
I tried to explain to my friend that Mr. Rauner saves his money for important stuff, like television ads.
“You did not just write that alcohol is not important, did you?!” he fired back.
Yes, I did.
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