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Personal PAC gives me a scare

Thursday, Sep 28, 2017

* I received this earlier today and so did a reporter friend and we were both a bit alarmed because, obviously, neither one of us had signed up to be in the group’s newspaper ad…

Dear Rich,

Thank you very much for your agreeing to have your name listed on the full page “Bruce and Diana Rauner Lied To Us!” newspaper ad in support of HB 40.

In a little over 48 hours, an astounding 817 people have added their names to the ad! Initially, we were hoping to have 250 names as Diana’s October 14, 2014 Chicago Tribune ad, where she lied to the people of Illinois about Bruce being pro-choice, had 150 names. The Rauners are not going to be very pleased with many of the names we have on our ad as they will be very familiar and close to home and office. The feedback from these people make it clear they have had it with the Rauners unless he signs HB 40.

We are continuing to collect names leading up to October 2nd placement of the ads across Illinois. If you could get us just one more name of a friend, colleague or relative for the ad, that would be wonderful, although we may need an additional full page ad just for all the names of people agreeing to be listed! This is especially important now as Politico reported yesterday that Rauner is meeting with anti-choice activists tomorrow in order to VETO HB 40.

While many of you are being generous in providing financial support for the ad, every additional contribution helps us spread the HB 40 message to more voters across Illinois.

Thank you for all you are doing to ensure HB 40 becomes the law of our land.

Together, we will get this done.

Terry Cosgrove
President & CEO

* And then a bit later…

Dear Rich,

We apologize for the error of the previous email. The email was sent to our whole list of thousands in error and not to just the 817 people who signed the ad. I deeply apologize and your name will NOT appear on the ad unless you specifically asked to have your name included.

Thank you again and please accept our apology.

Terry Cosgrove
President & CEO

Well, that’s a relief.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

16 Comments
  1. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 12:08 pm:

    ===Thank you very much for your agreeing to have your name listed on the full page “Bruce and Diana Rauner Lied To Us!”===

    Boy, is Cosgrove gonna look so silly…

    Proft’s phony newspaper, with no by-line or attributable sources claim during a phantom conference call Bruce Rauner will be signing HB40.

    Boy, oh boy, will they look foolish.

    But, since it was in a…

    Proft’s phony newspaper, with no by-line or attributable sources claim during a phantom conference call Bruce Rauner will be signing HB40.

    I’d probably go on with the ad.

    An ad calling out Bruce and Diana Rauner as phonies.


  2. - @MisterJayEm - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 12:27 pm:

    But forging your signature on my candidate’s petitions is still cool, rite?

    – MrJM


  3. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 12:27 pm:

    Wow, what a colossal e-mail screw up.

    I think it might be more powerful if they highlight the names of the people who signed the original, Diana Rauner-funded letter too.

    That would be fun.


  4. - Fax Machine - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 12:36 pm:

    Tina Sfondeles reporting Rauner will announce on HB40 today at 3


  5. - Texas Red - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 12:36 pm:

    one word - unsubscribe -


  6. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 12:38 pm:

    ===Rauner will announce on HB40 today at 3===

    I was expecting this to be a Friday at 5 kind of announcement, regardless of what he was going to do with the bill.


  7. - Chris - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 12:52 pm:

    I hope they waste their money on the ad since it sounds like Rauner is making an announcement before that ad runs. Keep thanking all those donors Cosgrove.


  8. - We'll See - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 12:54 pm:

    This would be so much better if it was signed by a Nigerian prince.


  9. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 12:54 pm:

    ===I hope they waste their money on the ad since it sounds like Rauner is making an announcement before that ad runs.===

    - Chris -

    That’s only if Rauner signs clean.

    You think he signs it clean?


  10. - Amalia - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 1:04 pm:

    one word….oy…..


  11. - A guy - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 1:10 pm:

    Hard to break old habits for Terry. It’s cute that he’s pretending to care this time.


  12. - Streator Curmudgeon - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 2:09 pm:

    The chain letter meets the digital age.


  13. - walker - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 3:20 pm:

    I like Terry, and he still scares me sometimes.


  14. - Whatever - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 4:07 pm:

    Whatever happened to “As long as they spell your name right . . .”?


  15. - Cheryl44 - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 4:16 pm:

    I wonder how many people they contacted who weren’t supposed to be on the ad decided to let them add their names.


  16. - Emil - Friday, Sep 29, 17 @ 6:00 am:

    If anyone thinks including the full email list as signatories to the ad was an accident, they don’t know Terry Cosgrove very well. He has been pulling this kind of slimy thing for decades.


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