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Dold doubles down on Schock money

Monday, Mar 30, 2015

* Congressman Bob Dold still refuses to jettison disgraced Congressman Aaron Schock’s $10,000 campaign contribution. From the National Journal

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has already called on Republicans who accepted money from Schock to return their contributions, specifically highlighting Dold and other vulnerable House Republicans.

Dold spokeswoman Danielle Hagen said that “not one penny of these contributions remain in Congressman Dold’s account.”

What, did Schock donate with marked $100 bills or something?

Oh, come on, man. Your campaign committee is now $10,000 ahead of where it would’ve been had it not been for that Schock contribution.

Give it away now.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Mar 30, 15 @ 11:40 am:

    Optics are bad here.

    Just donate the money to charity and hit up the RCCC for the $10K

  2. - allknowingmasterofracoondom - Monday, Mar 30, 15 @ 11:42 am:

    OW you are right on here. Pretty simple fix to otherwise bad optics. What is he waiting for….

  3. - Dirty Red - Monday, Mar 30, 15 @ 11:44 am:

    Is there suddenly a money shortage in the 10th that he is now so desperate? This could be a key issue used to raise money against him. What is the real value of that contribution?

  4. - Montrose - Monday, Mar 30, 15 @ 11:46 am:

    I cannot see any way the pros of keeping the money outweigh the cons.

  5. - 47th Ward - Monday, Mar 30, 15 @ 11:47 am:

    ===Give it away now.===

    No, he should hang onto to it. That way if Schock is formally charged with serious wrong-doing, Dold can get another black eye closer to the election. This will let him turn Schock’s $10K into a $100K for his opponent.

    Return it now or return it later with even more bad press potentially attached? Yep, that’s a tough call.

  6. - Not it - Monday, Mar 30, 15 @ 11:48 am:

    Sold can probably afford to give back the money, but what about everyone else that received a Schock contribution? If Dold gives it back doesn’t that increase pressure on all the others?

  7. - MrJM - Monday, Mar 30, 15 @ 12:02 pm:

    Dold spokeswoman Danielle Hagen said that “not one penny of these contributions remain in Congressman Dold’s account.”

    fun·gi·ble adj. able to replace or be replaced by another identical item; mutually interchangeable.

    Are there any non-clowns in Dold’s operation?

    – MrJM

  8. - Not it - Monday, Mar 30, 15 @ 12:02 pm:

    (*Sold = Dold, autocorrect, not intended to be a pun.)

  9. - pundent - Monday, Mar 30, 15 @ 12:03 pm:

    The $10K will soon be worth more to Dold’s opponents than it is to him. I expect he’ll reconsider his comments rather quickly as a result.

  10. - Wordslinger - Monday, Mar 30, 15 @ 12:05 pm:

    LOL, how much in “earned media” do you think Dold will get as a result of the National Journal piece? Lot more than $10K, that’s for sure.

    Not a penny remains — what does that mean, we spent it already? Is that a gag, or are they that thick?

    What would you call that? “Not-a-penny- wise, going-to-get-pounded foolish?”

  11. - A guy - Monday, Mar 30, 15 @ 12:19 pm:

    Dumb. $10K with bad juju all over it. Give it away to a popular charity in the district. Yesterday.

  12. - Shore - Monday, Mar 30, 15 @ 12:19 pm:

    I hope we’re not going to start running these committee press releases every time they come out now 18 months out of an election. So many more worthwhile stories.

  13. - Arsenal - Monday, Mar 30, 15 @ 12:22 pm:

    Dold has taken money from people I find far more odious than Aaron Schock.

    Come to think of it, politicians I really like and admire have almost certainly taken money from people worse than Schock, too.

  14. - Anonymous - Monday, Mar 30, 15 @ 12:35 pm:

    He would want you to keep it cuz it’s one Grand Old Party.

  15. - lou brock - Monday, Mar 30, 15 @ 12:37 pm:

    Peoria City Council candidates Chuck Weaver and Eric Turner have still not returned their contributions from Aaron Schock - $5000 and $2500 respectively

  16. - How Ironic - Monday, Mar 30, 15 @ 12:51 pm:

    “Dold spokeswoman Danielle Hagen said that “not one penny of these contributions remain in Congressman Dold’s account.”

    As if that makes it ‘right’. Your honor, my client doesn’t have one penny of the embezzled funds in their account any longer. Clearly, this excuses the crime, and he should be allowed to walk.

    “Not one bullet remained in the chamber, therefore you can’t prove who fired the gun”

    What a dope.

  17. - Anonymous - Monday, Mar 30, 15 @ 1:04 pm:

    The money was given to Schock by people supporting him on issues. Why should it be given away to charity. Were all the donations raised by Congressman Jackson over the years donated to charity?

  18. - Streator Curmudgeon - Monday, Mar 30, 15 @ 1:07 pm:

    The presidents on those bills have small mouths, but they speak loudly.

  19. - illini - Monday, Mar 30, 15 @ 2:23 pm:

    Didn’t Mike Bost get money as well?

  20. - The Way I See It - Monday, Mar 30, 15 @ 5:10 pm:

    Its totally a questions of optics, nothing more. This isn’t a situation where Schock obtained the money illegitimately and tried to use it buy access and adulation. This was all raised by him, presumably properly. No casual observer of politics will get the difference and the PR cost is much greater than $10K. Costly money indeed.

  21. - Rich Miller - Monday, Mar 30, 15 @ 5:14 pm:

    ===Its totally a questions of optics, nothing more===


    You think allegations of taxpayer theft are pure optics?

  22. - walker - Monday, Mar 30, 15 @ 6:14 pm:

    Mr Dold please review what your spokesperson has to say on sensitive issues, so that such foolishness is avoided.

  23. - illini - Monday, Mar 30, 15 @ 8:47 pm:

    Should have read the National Journal article before I commented earlier. Rep. Bost was a recipient of his money. I thought my memory was correct. In addition, Rep. Davis received money as well and if I am not mistaken he was appointed to chair a House committee to review Congressional ethics, inappropriate activities and put in charge of trying to “clean house”.

    So if Rodney Davis has not relinquished his money, and he is charged with reviewing ethics and propriety among his peers, it strikes me as this being an ultimate insult to the citizens who elected him.

    Putting the fox in charge of the chicken coop!!!!

    Optics, indeed - hypocrisy, certainly.

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