* This is the “Democratic” group I’ve told you about before. Lots of Statehouse folks consider it to be a Rauner front, although that’s been kinda sorta denied. From a press release…
Illinoisans for Growth and Opportunity Announces Additional $1.5 Million in Contributions
Illinoisans for Growth and Opportunity (IllinoisGO) today announced the organization has collected an additional $1.5 million in contributions - $1 million for its 501c(4) organization and $500,000 for independent expenditure efforts to encourage legislative leaders and lawmakers to make the tough, but necessary, decisions to resolve Illinois’ financial crisis.
“More and more frustrated Illinoisans are joining our cause to break the hold that special interests have over legislative majorities in Springfield. Together, we will hold state leaders accountable to address our financial crisis and maintain key progressive priorities in our state,” said IllinoisGO Chairman Anthony K. Anderson.
Just one week ago, IllinoisGO announced initial receipts of $4 million. The organization will continue to make regular announcements and all required disclosures as funds are collected. An additional $1 million was collected to support issue advocacy efforts and an additional $500,000 was contributed in support of the independent expenditure committee. With the new contributions, issue advocacy and public education efforts now have received a total of $4 million, and the IllinoisGO independent expenditure committee, that will support political activity, now has a balance of $1.5 million.
“IllinoisGO continues to build strong support to educate the public and lawmakers on the huge challenges we face and support the lawmakers who make the tough, but necessary, decisions to get our state back on track,” noted IllinoisGO executive director, Greg Goldner.
I told subscribers last week about that initial $1 million contribution to its IE committee from Helen Zell, the philanthropic wife of Sam Zell. The new IE PAC contributor’s name hasn’t yet been disclosed.