* From the ILGOP…
Pritzker’s $100K Contribution to Blagojevich: “Sounds like pay-to-play to me”
There’s a “trend” in Pritzker’s questionably close relationship to Blagojevich
In an interview with WLS’ John Howell & Ray Stevens, reporter and Connected To Chicago host Bill Cameron said J.B. Pritzker and Rod Blagojevich swapping campaign cash and state grants “sounds like pay-to-play to me”.
Here are some other highlights from Bill Cameron in that interview:
“I’d be surprised if it were not pay-to-play.
“…This is kind of a trend in which you now have [Pritzker] in a relationship with Blagojevich. The first one being having been caught on tape in an FBI wiretap trying to get Blago to line him up to be State Treasurer.
“So being pals with Blago is never a good idea because Blagojevich turned out to be so toxic. Anyone, anything he touched is poisoned.
“And you also have the property tax break after he pulled the toilets out of his Astor Street mansion. These are things that people will remember…”
Cameron is alluding to the bombshell Tribune report where it was revealed that Pritzker and Blagojevich swapped campaign cash and state grants four days apart.
Pritzker and Blagojevich are no strangers to helping each other out.
Since 1996, Pritzker bankrolled Blagojevich’s political interests, and in return, Blagojevich and Chicago ward bosses propped up Pritzker’s failed plans to run for office.
While Blagojevich may have failed to elect Pritzker, Pritzker still held up his end of the bargain. Pritzker and his family contributed over $160,000 to Rod Blagojevich’s campaigns.
And let’s not forget when the Chicago Tribune published their first bombshell report on Pritzker’s close ties to Blagojevich this past May.
FBI wiretaps revealed Pritzker schemed with Blagojevich to be appointed Illinois Treasurer. In the same call, Blagojevich pressed Pritzker for campaign contributions. Pritzker brushed off the FBI wiretaps by saying his calls with Blagojevich were an attempt at “public service”.
Illinoisans should be worried about what Pritzker will do if he’s allowed to buy the governor’s office just like he bought influence with Blagojevich.
Notice that the Holocaust Museum is not mentioned.
* From a letter to the editor of the Chicago Tribune…
The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center is more than just a museum for us. It is a place that tells our stories. As survivors, it brings light where there was only darkness. And that light was made possible in large part because of J.B. Pritzker’s dedication and commitment.
In 1999, we brought an idea to Pritzker. We wanted to bring a Holocaust museum to Illinois. We hoped he might help us get our idea off the ground. To our surprise and delight, he did a lot more than that.
For the next 10 years, Pritzker stood with us at every turn. He led the way to see our idea become a reality, tirelessly giving his time and his support to make it possible. He came to every meeting. He met every survivor. It was his heart and his warmth that resonated with us.
That’s why we were saddened to read the story “Pritzker camp: Donation not tied to grant. Billionaire boosted Blagojevich fund; museum got $1M” in the Chicago Tribune. We are incredibly proud to have worked with Pritzker to bring this museum in our state and the Tribune’s story is an insult to our hard work. It is an insult to a place that tells our stories. It is an affront to so many Holocaust survivors who have found solace and hope in what Pritzker helped make possible.