When Don Moore, a Republican vying to run for state representative in the 108th Illinois House district, started his fundraising committee in January, he had a little more than $1,000 in the account.
Since then Moore, a Troy resident and Madison County Board member, has reported only a $2,000 in-kind contribution from the Chicago-based Illinois Opportunity Project, which paid for consulting services.
However, commercials supporting Moore, who is challenging state Rep. Charlie Meier, R-Okawville, have been running on cable television in the area as well as online.
So how does someone with little money in his campaign account have so many 30-second TV commercials, including a two-week set of advertisements with cable provider Spectrum Reach in Madison County for 282 spots?
* The answer is Dan Proft’s Liberty Principles PAC, which has busted the caps in that primary race by doing independent expenditures with ads like this…
I gotta say, I kinda like that ad. It sticks with you.
Rep. Meier voted for the tax hike, but voted against the veto override.
* Tom Kacich: Ives’ strategist backing more than one horse: Dan Proft, a Chicago radio host and head of the Liberty Principles Political Action Committee, has directed $105,610 into the campaign of Dan Caulkins, a former Decatur City Council member and current Eastern Illinois University trustee. Proft, formerly an ally of Gov. Bruce Rauner, now is advising the Ives campaign… The unusually sizable Liberty Principles PAC expenditures, which went to mailings, television advertising, social media and digital advertising on Caulkins’ behalf, also remove overall contribution limits for all candidates in the 101st District race.
I’m not a constituent or supporter of Rep. Meier, but this ad conjures up a type of violence that shouldn’t have a place in politics. It’s also a classic tactic for dehumanizing somebody: Make a comparison between a person and an animal, then (voila!) instant dehumanization.
Charlie brought this on himself. He should of picked a lane and stayed in it. Can’t say I’m surprised. He’s been in over his head ever since he was elected. IEA funded him in his first primary. Wonder if they think they got their money’s worth out of him?