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Today’s number: $2.5 million

Friday, Dec 22, 2017

* Buried in today’s “Morning Spin”

Gov. Rauner’s campaign on Thursday reported a $2.5 million political contribution from Illinois’ wealthiest person, records show.

The donation from billionaire hedge fund founder Ken Griffin adds to the $20 million he gave the governor in May.

Griffin, the founder and CEO of Citadel, has been Rauner’s largest donor outside of the governor himself. It was almost exactly one year ago that the governor reported putting $50 million into his campaign fund.

* So, yep, it seems almost tiny now…



- Posted by Rich Miller        

16 Comments
  1. - Grand Avenue - Friday, Dec 22, 17 @ 1:12 pm:

    With IPI, Proft & Uihlein feeling burned, it’s Ken & Bruce against the world


  2. - Whoaboy - Friday, Dec 22, 17 @ 1:15 pm:

    Today’s Number: 0

    The number of stories you’ve written about the WTTW special report on absurdly high teacher pensions, and the gimmicks union officials used to get spiked pensions at taxpayer expense.

    Wouldn’t want to offend your core demographic of people on state payroll or state pensions.


  3. - wordslinger - Friday, Dec 22, 17 @ 1:23 pm:

    I wonder how that conversation goes, when a guy estimated to be worth hundreds of millions asks a guy worth billions for money?

    I doubt very much I’ll ever know for sure.


  4. - Real - Friday, Dec 22, 17 @ 1:26 pm:

    And republicans think these 2 millionaires and billionaires must have there best interest at heart. #sad


  5. - Trollboy - Friday, Dec 22, 17 @ 1:28 pm:

    = absurdly high =
    Sounds like an editorial piece, not news.
    Speaking of taxpayer expense: How do the Munger crew costs, executive-inflicted interest costs, and the Deloitte compensation packages come in as a taxpayer expense?


  6. - Streator Curmudgeon - Friday, Dec 22, 17 @ 1:31 pm:

    == I doubt very much I’ll ever know for sure. ==

    Word:

    That “for sure” on the end means you’re still holding out hope.


  7. - We'll See - Friday, Dec 22, 17 @ 1:31 pm:

    @Whoaboy
    You must be a huge fan of the dog in the movie Up …. squirrel!


  8. - Real - Friday, Dec 22, 17 @ 1:37 pm:

    Republicans what do you see? Are you really this blind?

    You think these 2 guys who have done nothing for anyone in the private sector now all of a sudden want to do something for you by being a governor? Time to wake up gullible republicans.


  9. - Blue dog dem - Friday, Dec 22, 17 @ 1:46 pm:

    I donated $2.50 to the Jeanne Ives campaign.


  10. - Rich Miller - Friday, Dec 22, 17 @ 1:54 pm:

    ===WTTW special report on absurdly high teacher pensions===

    Those look like mostly administrator pensions to me. And I’ve posted a ton of stories about this topic, so bite me and merry Christmas.


  11. - Anonymous - Friday, Dec 22, 17 @ 2:03 pm:

    We’ve got to get the cost of wages down in this state one way or another so that Griffin can get a nice return on his investment. We need more workers having to work two jobs just to scrape by. That’s Rauner’s great vision for Illinois.


  12. - Anon221 - Friday, Dec 22, 17 @ 2:07 pm:

    So, our Volunteer in Chief is worth nearly $62,000 a day to Ken Griffin (Dec 1, 2016 through today). Not bad for someone “not in charge”. Was this Rauner’s year-end “bonus” ;)


  13. - Grandson of Man - Friday, Dec 22, 17 @ 2:09 pm:

    Bruce Rauner is an insider who bought a political party with two billionaires and is hurting the state in an unprecedented, purposeful and cruel way, to advance his anti-worker, pro-billionaire special interest agenda.

    Bruce Rauner and his two billionaires make union funders look like little kids breaking a piggy bank, compared with all the money the three put into politics since he began running for governor.


  14. - Sir Reel - Friday, Dec 22, 17 @ 2:36 pm:

    Well we know at least 2 people support the Governor, Ken and Bruce. Or 1 if Bruce supporting himself doesn’t count.


  15. - Redraider - Friday, Dec 22, 17 @ 2:42 pm:

    Don’t forget about Lucky Pierre and Whoaboy !! They are building an army. Need a leader though


  16. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Dec 22, 17 @ 4:17 pm:

    That was 70% or so of a normal statewide race’s budget not too long ago…

    … now it’s just a phone call and an EFT away for some.

    Just a different time.


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