Capitol Fax.com - Your Illinois News Radar » Chris Kennedy warns high-dollar campaigns could mean “the end of American democracy”
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      About     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact Rich Miller
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Chris Kennedy warns high-dollar campaigns could mean “the end of American democracy”

Wednesday, Oct 18, 2017 - Posted by Rich Miller

* WSIL TV

John Jackson, a professor at SIU’s Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, says the amount of money spent in Illinois governor’s race so far is unheard of.

“This is the earliest I’ve ever seen this much money being spent,” he said.

More than a year out from November 2018’s election, more than 100 million dollars has been raised in what is on pace to be the most expensive governor’s race in United State’s history.

Campaign Finance reports for period from July through September were due Monday, and show unprecedented levels of spending so early in the race from Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and Democratic candidate JB Pritzker.

“They’re both spending like the election is this November instead of next November,” Jackson said.

* On to last night’s candidate forum. From the Tribune

The debate exchange on the merits of Madigan came after the candidates clashed on the growing influence of money in politics, as billionaire Pritzker defended using his personal wealth to seek office while those with fewer resources bemoaned average citizens were being shut out.

Pritzker, who is self-funding his campaign, blamed Rauner for opening the floodgates by giving his campaign $50 million late last year, contending Democrats will need cash to build up infrastructure that could defeat the GOP.

Biss said Democrats should focus on building support using people, not money. “We’ve got to decide: Do we want to have an election or do we want to have an auction?” he said.

Kennedy joked that he “thought” he came from a wealthy family before seeing the amount of money that’s flowed in the race, which prompted Pritzker to shoot back, “You do.”

* More from the Sun-Times

“Is this just a rich person’s game when we’re looking at this table? Is this just a rich man’s game of politics these days that regular people really can’t participate in?” [moderator Rick Pearson of the Tribune] asked the candidates.

“Unfortunately he set us on a course that I think is going to mean that we Democrats have got to build the infrastructure that we’ve lost. It’s important that we knock on doors, that we’re phone banking,” Pritzker said. “It also means that we Democrats have to join together to go beat Bruce Rauner. That is the campaign that I’m trying to put together. Not just here in the primary but also in the general election. For us to go out and beat Bruce Rauner and that’s why I’ve funded this campaign.”

Kennedy, heir of the famed political dynasty, too pinned the need to raise money on Rauner: “We need to respond to what they’ve done.”

But he noted his “outrage” at the amount of money in the race and the notion that you have to be wealthy to serve in politics.

“If that’s true, it’s the end of American democracy,” Kennedy said. Kennedy said people in the state must “rise up and make it clear that anybody can serve in office. You don’t need deep pockets.”

* Kane County Chronicle

Kennedy said “all of us are outraged by the amount of money that is flowing into this race, and every race.”

“I think J.B. rightly points out that this was started by the Republican Party in Illinois, and we need to respond to what they’ve done,” he said.

Biss said the Democratic Party needs to build its infrastructure “but we don’t build it with money, we build it with people.”

“I think the future of our democracy is at stake here,” Biss said. “We gotta decide if we want to have an election or do we want to have an auction.”

       

23 Comments
  1. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Oct 18, 17 @ 10:08 am:

    It should be noted that it was Chris Kennedy himself that broke the caps on the race for governor.

    This argument is as silly with that fact when another person broke the caps and decided not to run at all for an office.

    Why be THE one to break the caps then complain about… campaign spending?


  2. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Oct 18, 17 @ 10:12 am:

    What a load of ****. The unions have been pumping huge sums into Democratic campaigns for years. Pat Quinn wasn’t outspent. Neither were the Dem party committees in 2016.


  3. - Arsenal - Wednesday, Oct 18, 17 @ 10:14 am:

    ==It should be noted that it was Chris Kennedy himself that broke the caps on the race for governor.==

    It should be noted, and repeated. I’m not very interested in a Kennedy, getting fundraising support from a Daley, lecturing us about what an outsider he is.


  4. - Ron Burgundy - Wednesday, Oct 18, 17 @ 10:15 am:

    The message rings true in general, but I just can’t get over hearing a descendant of an “old money” rich family complaining about relatively “new money” opponents who are richer than he is.


  5. - Epic - Wednesday, Oct 18, 17 @ 10:16 am:

    “Why be THE one to break the caps then complain about… campaign spending?”

    Because now he’a getting smoked in fundraising, and he can’t even say it’s unfair due to JB because even Biss is raising more. So just like with endorsements he’s going to pretend he does not need to raise a lot of money to win because he’s the “people’s candidate”


  6. - Annonin' - Wednesday, Oct 18, 17 @ 10:17 am:

    And Biss proposes getting the people how? Magic wand, fairy dust? Sanders got people because there is a pretty robust national media that gives progressives plenty of time and space. IL does not.
    BTW could Biss-Kennedy-et.al. provide a vision of the post Madigan era of Speaker or Chairman. What issues ignored? Terms limits — right, lets fill the joint with newbies to get led around by the lobos and staff. Remap — sure that will protect Voting Rights Act. Not.
    Spending limits — Ah so some are hog tied while the dark money whacks everyone.
    Seems like these guys need to tell us vision rather than offer the visionless jumble.


  7. - Seats - Wednesday, Oct 18, 17 @ 10:19 am:

    I disagree that being rich is a requirement. Getting the support of someone that is rich is pretty close to being a requirement though; if you are already wealthy then you have the option of skipping that step or like Rauner you can allow them to assist you.


  8. - Ducky LaMoore - Wednesday, Oct 18, 17 @ 10:20 am:

    This is a typical complaint of someone who is a poor fundraiser. Albeit rather over the top with the “end of American democracy.”


  9. - ANONIME - Wednesday, Oct 18, 17 @ 10:25 am:

    I think Biss is right about the auction. We might as well appoint a king and be done with it.


  10. - PJ - Wednesday, Oct 18, 17 @ 10:26 am:

    He’s not wrong about how awful this is for democracy. We now live in a world where executive offices are pretty much reserved for business tycoons and those who can get the financial backing of business tycoons. Or both.

    It’s not hard to see why the majority of Americans would feel like such people have difficulty understanding and representing their interests.

    That said, it’s pretty rich coming from a Kennedy.


  11. - A guy - Wednesday, Oct 18, 17 @ 10:29 am:

    It’s relative and it’s evolved, but “big money” has been around and mostly defeated in the past; on both sides. It can be done again. If it is; you’ll see big money become smart money and sit out a little more than it has lately.


  12. - Alternative Logic - Wednesday, Oct 18, 17 @ 10:30 am:

    Is this a personal observation or is it also attributable to Mr. Kennedy as the Chairman of Joseph P. Kennedy Enterprises, Inc. or, perhaps, as the Treasurer of the Joseph P. Kennedy Foundation?

    All of Hyannis Port is on the edge of its sailboat-callused seat waiting to find out…


  13. - Arsenal - Wednesday, Oct 18, 17 @ 10:30 am:

    ==Sanders got people because there is a pretty robust national media that gives progressives plenty of time and space. IL does not.==

    I think IL has space for such a progressive movement, but Biss, so far, hasn’t really been able to consolidate it. Too much technocratic baggage and one big mistake, I think.

    ==What issues ignored?==

    A minimum wage hike, for one thing. Guys like Biss and Guzzardi have talked about that one a lot.


  14. - Anon221 - Wednesday, Oct 18, 17 @ 10:32 am:

    Biss said the Democratic Party needs to build its infrastructure “but we don’t build it with money, we build it with people.”

    I agree and would refer them to what Madigan has done and does in his district- snow removal, graffiti removal, etc. It’s the little things done on a local scale that people will remember. Not how much did the local Party raise- that’s just competition, not community.

    That said, money is what will be a partner to the actual voter turnout to defeat Rauner. That AND someone who can successfully debate and unveil Rauner’s current “saviour” costuming. Personally, I think Pritzker will be the best candidate for making Rauner fluster.


  15. - 47th Ward - Wednesday, Oct 18, 17 @ 10:35 am:

    I agree with Kennedy, to a point. The question for me is, given Citizens United, what can be done about it?


  16. - Arsenal - Wednesday, Oct 18, 17 @ 10:37 am:

    ==It’s relative and it’s evolved, but “big money” has been around and mostly defeated in the past; on both sides. It can be done again.==

    Yeah. It’s…cyclical may not be quite the right word, but there’s an eb and flow to this. Money is like water on pavement, it eventually finds every crack. But then someone comes along and fills that crack, and the money isn’t as effective for a while.

    There’s also variations on this. Like, big money raised from a bunch of small donors isn’t bad, and self-funding is at least preferable to wasting 3 hours a day on call time to rich folk across the country.


  17. - Anon0091 - Wednesday, Oct 18, 17 @ 10:38 am:

    “Pat Quinn wasn’t outspent. Pat Quinn wasn’t outspent.”

    Ummm, yea he was. About 2 to 1.

    And it’s really rich (pun intended) for Kennedy to cry about money in politics. When his Uncle was elected president, his family was among the richest in the US. Without that money, Jack doesn’t become president and his Dad doesn’t become a US Senator and presidential candidate.


  18. - VanillaMan - Wednesday, Oct 18, 17 @ 10:58 am:

    Trust me Kennedy when I write this to you - your nepotism is a bigger threat to American democracy than JB’s money.


  19. - Grandson of Man - Wednesday, Oct 18, 17 @ 11:01 am:

    On top of pouring in millions of dollars into politics, Rauner’s top priority is to deal a kill shot to his opponents by crippling public unions and attacking private ones locally. How’s that for democracy?

    Democrats should make this a big issue—Rauner has purposely caused massive damage to the state because his top priority is to bust unions.


  20. - Arsenal - Wednesday, Oct 18, 17 @ 11:02 am:

    And then there’s this:

    https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/rep-rush-son-brother-on-chris-kennedy-payroll-after-rush-endorsement/

    And look, these guys appear to be experienced campaigners, since Rush hired them for his campaigns, too. I just want Kennedy to miss me with his pious outsider routine.


  21. - Thomas Paine - Wednesday, Oct 18, 17 @ 11:06 am:

    I’m so old that I remember when millionaire Bill Daley bragged that millionaire Chris Kennedy was going to be pulling together a bunch of people with deep pockets from Illinois to blow the roof off of his fundraising.

    In fact, I remember when Chris Kennedy’s campaign was saying that one of their strengths was that they could raise money from deep pockets not just in Illinois but across the country.

    I feel like such an old timer!


  22. - Southside Markie - Wednesday, Oct 18, 17 @ 11:31 am:

    To coin a phrase. Pot. Meet kettle.


  23. - thechampaignlife - Wednesday, Oct 18, 17 @ 1:26 pm:

    On the one hand, I guess all that spending makes jobs. On the other hand, does this mean we will see another round of campaign finance reform? Maybe this time we can cap the total that can be given to any campaign (e.g., 10% of median family income or about $6k). You can give it all to one campaign or divide it up among several. We should also zero out all accounts after an election so everyone starts on an even playing field. Sweep it into GRF or make them donate to charity.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Reinsdorf says 'I don't want to talk about that' when asked why his ballclub needs another state subsidy
* Isabel’s afternoon roundup
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Fundraiser list
* *** UPDATED x1 *** State's November plan to reduce 'bottlenecks' in migrant shelter/resettlement appears to be making real progress
* In huge blow to Bailey, Trump endorses Mike Bost (Updated)
* Question of the day
* Follow the bouncing ball
* It’s just a bill
* Today's quotables
* Mendoza defends honoring anti-abortion mayor
* 'Never rat on your friends, always keep your mouth shut'
* White Sox make their pitch (Updated x2)
* Open thread
* Isabel’s morning briefing
* End The Natural Gas Ban Now, Aging Gas Lines Are Dangerous
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today's edition
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Live coverage
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - EXTRA!
* Yesterday's stories

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............


Loading


Main Menu
Home
Illinois
YouTube
Pundit rankings
Obama
Subscriber Content
Durbin
Burris
Blagojevich Trial
Advertising
Updated Posts
Polls

Archives
February 2024
January 2024
December 2023
November 2023
October 2023
September 2023
August 2023
July 2023
June 2023
May 2023
April 2023
March 2023
February 2023
January 2023
December 2022
November 2022
October 2022
September 2022
August 2022
July 2022
June 2022
May 2022
April 2022
March 2022
February 2022
January 2022
December 2021
November 2021
October 2021
September 2021
August 2021
July 2021
June 2021
May 2021
April 2021
March 2021
February 2021
January 2021
December 2020
November 2020
October 2020
September 2020
August 2020
July 2020
June 2020
May 2020
April 2020
March 2020
February 2020
January 2020
December 2019
November 2019
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0




Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller