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Trump raises money in Illinois for out of state candidates, while NRSC jumps in for Kirk

Monday, Sep 26, 2016

* Tribune

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s twice-rescheduled suburban Chicago fundraising luncheon is set for Wednesday. […]

Also serving on the event host committee [with Ron Gidwitz] is Roger Claar, the longtime Bolingbrook mayor and a member of the Illinois Republican State Central Committee.

But the other event hosts, including Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, are from out of state, reflecting the uneasy alliance that exists between Illinois Republicans and their presidential nominee. Top GOP leaders in the state have actively worked to distance themselves from Trump.

Proceeds from the event go to the victory fund established for Trump and his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. Money raised for the fund not only goes to the Trump campaign, but to the RNC and state GOP efforts in 11 states: Arkansas, Connecticut, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming.

Perhaps no surprise that Illinois is not on that list, since Sen. Mark Kirk has been so vocal lately about his disdain for Trump. If he did get any money, there’d be heck to pay.

* Now, on to Lynn Sweet

The National Republican Senatorial Committee is poised to help Sen. Mark Kirk R-Ill., getting ready to spend about $750,000 in Kirk’s battle with Rep. Tammy Duckworth.

The spending, a source said, will show that the NRSC, the Senate GOP political operation, believes that Kirk has a chance to win in Illinois, even though an outpouring of Democratic votes is expected for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton

* And speaking of the presidential race…


- Posted by Rich Miller        

12 Comments
  1. - Juice - Monday, Sep 26, 16 @ 11:01 am:

    Monique, lay off the Governor. He’s still getting over the shellacking that the Steeler’s got yesterday.


  2. - The Captain - Monday, Sep 26, 16 @ 11:02 am:

    The NRSC is trying to get free publicity for something they were going to do anyway. They are allowed to spend $951,900 in fully coordinated spending for an Illinois Senate candidate. The notable event here isn’t that they’re spending $750,000 to show their support for Kirk, what’s odd is that they’re not spending the full $951,900.


  3. - Wordslinger - Monday, Sep 26, 16 @ 11:04 am:

    When Illinois Republicans are scared to death to associate with the leaders of the national GOP, they’ve got bigger problems than maps, term limits or Madigan.


  4. - James the Intolerant - Monday, Sep 26, 16 @ 11:12 am:

    There is a Frontline on PBS tomorrow night that will probably make people not want to vote for either candidate.


  5. - Responsa - Monday, Sep 26, 16 @ 11:19 am:

    I’ll be at Sox Park tonight. I prefer live baseball to live stage managed political sideshows any day–and prefer to catch the video of the debate content in its entirety (without analyst babble) off CSPAN later tonight or early tomorrow.


  6. - AC - Monday, Sep 26, 16 @ 11:20 am:

    After I saw this tweet, I figured the governor might finally have a little time to discuss the presidential race:

    Happy first day of fall! What’s your favorite thing to do in Illinois during the fall? #autumn

    http://twitter.com/GovRauner/status/779122709351567360

    Guess he thinks a discussion of the changing of the seasons is more important than discussing who should be the next president.


  7. - Peorgie Tirebiter - Monday, Sep 26, 16 @ 11:21 am:

    James - if it’s on PBS I’m SURE it will be nonpartisan.


  8. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Sep 26, 16 @ 11:22 am:

    Bruce Rauner supports Donald Trump for President of the United States.

    It’s not up for discussion. It’s not up for debate.

    Rauner thinking us all fools is typical Rauner…


  9. - Annonin' - Monday, Sep 26, 16 @ 12:35 pm:

    BigBrain said he wasn’t commentin’ on politics today, but then he said the notion that violence has increased because of budget cuts to various neighborhood programs was “false and just political spin.”
    So the moral of the story is that he CAN comment on his politics, but no one else.
    What a BoZo
    Oh and it appears the bid to become West Indiana is back on track.


  10. - James the Intolerant - Monday, Sep 26, 16 @ 1:20 pm:

    Peorgie, I believe it beats up on both candidates


  11. - HRC2016 - Monday, Sep 26, 16 @ 2:17 pm:

    The state should be looking into the fact, Mayor Claar is hosting the fundraiser at the Bolingbrook taxpayer funded golf course.


  12. - walker - Monday, Sep 26, 16 @ 2:23 pm:

    When is the really big money (the millions possibly coming from players who said they’d fund Congressional races rather tha Trump) coming to Kirk or Dold? When will it be too late for avalanches of cash to be used effectively by the campaigns? Seems to be this week or next we might see some big flows.


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