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Frerichs lashes out at outside intervention in campaign

Thursday, Oct 30, 2014

* From a fundraising pitch by the Frerichs campaign…

Yesterday, the Koch Brothers-backed American Future Fund bought attack ads on 12 downstate radio stations in an attempt to rescue Tom Cross’s Treasurer bid.

This is the same PAC that spent millions to limit labor rights in California and has backed extremist conservative candidates across the nation.

This should come as no surprise, as Tom Cross has time and again put the Koch brothers and other big business interests ahead of Illinois residents. Cross voted against legislation to warn parents of contaminated drinking water and against a bill to protect Lake Michigan from waste dumping, siding with corporate interests.

Don’t let the Koch Brothers buy the State Treasurer’s race! Donate $10, $25, or $30 today so Mike can reform the State Treasurer’s office so that it works for the people of Illinois instead of the special interests!

Thank you!

Team Frerichs

The Koch ties are somewhat tenuous, but, whatever, it’s a fundraising e-mail. You can’t fire people up by screaming “Nick Ryan!”

* Listen to the ad…

* The AFF press release

The American Future Fund Political Action issued a new radio advertisement in support of Illinois Treasurer candidate Tom Cross. The ad focuses on Cross’ experience, bipartisan record, and reform-minded approach to clean up Springfield, stand up to the Governor’s deficit spending, and protect the hard-earned tax dollars of Illinois families.

The ad, titled “Clear Choice,” is airing on radio stations statewide.

Nick Ryan, Chairman of the American Future Fund Political Action, said: “The Illinois state government has become a pool of corruption that is wasting tax dollars for the benefit of corrupt politicians. Time has come for a change in Springfield. There is one candidate in the race for Illinois Treasurer who will stand up and fight this corruption and stand with Illinois voters – and that choice is Tom Cross.”

* The official Frerichs campaign media statement…

Across three decades, when energy companies and polluters have needed a friend in Springfield, Tom Cross has been their man. Tom Cross was one of only a handful of lawmakers to oppose bipartisan legislation backed by Mark Kirk, Barack Obama and even Jim Durkin to prevent toxic sledge from being dumped near Lake Michigan, and Tom Cross voted to allow toxic mercury into the drinking water of millions. Its no surprise the Koch Brothers, who are leading the charge against the environment in Illinois, are coming to rescue their friend Tom Cross.

The group has not yet filed a report with the State Board of Elections.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

14 Comments
  1. - Amalia - Thursday, Oct 30, 14 @ 11:27 am:

    last night The Daily Show did a great spoof of the Koch Industries commercial. that should be fun to share.


  2. - LincolnLounger - Thursday, Oct 30, 14 @ 11:37 am:

    I didn’t hear anything NOT factual in the radio ad. I guess facts are stubborn things.


  3. - Jimmy CrackCorn - Thursday, Oct 30, 14 @ 11:38 am:

    Why are you mentioning the Giannoulias endorsement if you are only airing it downstate?


  4. - Shore - Thursday, Oct 30, 14 @ 11:59 am:

    As a Republican I’m planning to leave most of these state wide race ballot choices blank as a protest against insiders like cross and topinka, but I don’t really see where his opponent here has much to complain about. This is still a democratic state and I thought as a fresh faced democrat not tied to blago or madigan he’d have a pretty good shot at winning this easily.


  5. - Precinct Captain - Thursday, Oct 30, 14 @ 12:43 pm:

    Tom’s out of state allies conveniently leave out that he was a “close friend” and ally of Rod Blagojevich, that he has repeatedly voted against human rights, and that he voted for the pension ramp that is devastating our state finances.


  6. - Easy - Thursday, Oct 30, 14 @ 12:49 pm:

    More whine please


  7. - VanillaMan - Thursday, Oct 30, 14 @ 1:17 pm:

    OOoops - stopped reading when I got to “Koch”.

    That Kochmania is as insane as Bush Derangement Syndrome from a decade ago.


  8. - Wumpus - Thursday, Oct 30, 14 @ 1:40 pm:

    You say Koch, I say Soros. Everyone has their boogeymen. How Shelia Simon and Rauner are both campaigning on similar issues of being against business as usual.


  9. - Amalia - Thursday, Oct 30, 14 @ 2:02 pm:

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/stewart-mercilessly-mocks-daily-shows-newest-advertiser-koch-bros/

    has the Daily Show Koch Industries spoof


  10. - Barney - Thursday, Oct 30, 14 @ 2:04 pm:

    Why does jim Durkin get the “even”? That seems rude.


  11. - Lionel R - Thursday, Oct 30, 14 @ 2:09 pm:

    Oh no, does Mike Frerichs need $10, $25 or $30 more to get a rag to wipe his tears?


  12. - Bam bam - Thursday, Oct 30, 14 @ 3:46 pm:

    “rescue”… Isn’t cross ahead in the polls??


  13. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Thursday, Oct 30, 14 @ 4:22 pm:

    @BAM:

    Cross can’t be winning if Frerichs is tied in Southern Illinois.


  14. - low level - Thursday, Oct 30, 14 @ 5:22 pm:

    Not a single fact in the whole spot … just the usual hatred of government we’ve grown accustomed to.


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