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Campaign caps lifted in Charlie Meier’s primary race

Wednesday, Feb 7, 2018

* Belleville News-Democrat

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.

* Related…

* 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.

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  1. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Feb 7, 18 @ 10:04 am:

    –”…not mad at the heifer; just not the animal I once knew.”–

    It’s not you, Elsie, it’s me.

    Passion fades. Once a heifer gets a little older (put on some weight, maybe), the old magic of stolen moments late night at the barnyard fence just ain’t there any more.

    I want to see more Proft farmer spots. Many more.

  2. - A guy - Wednesday, Feb 7, 18 @ 10:10 am:

    Calling your opponent an Old Heifer is mild these days. Beating the opponent is kinder than “puttin’ him down”, right?

  3. - jwk - Wednesday, Feb 7, 18 @ 10:10 am:

    are the caps also broken in the 109th

  4. - walker - Wednesday, Feb 7, 18 @ 10:29 am:

    53d House District too. Same funder.

  5. - Dome Gnome - Wednesday, Feb 7, 18 @ 11:08 am:

    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.

  6. - Blue dog dem - Wednesday, Feb 7, 18 @ 11:10 am:

    Close enough to the district we get Charlies ads. Simply horrible. And I love Charlie.

  7. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Feb 7, 18 @ 11:13 am:

    Why is he putting down heifers? Heifers are less than two years old and have not even had a calf yet. Does this guy know anything about cattle?

  8. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Feb 7, 18 @ 11:13 am:

    I hear the farmer wanted to have a calf and the heifer didn’t.

    At that point, it’s best to move on. The farmer will find another heifer; the heifer will find her way into a Happy Meal.

  9. - hot chocolate - Wednesday, Feb 7, 18 @ 11:18 am:

    Dan Proft wants you to think about killing Charlie Meier when you vote. That’s what I get out of the ad.

  10. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Feb 7, 18 @ 12:00 pm:

    –Why is he putting down heifers? Heifers are less than two years old and have not even had a calf yet. Does this guy know anything about cattle?–

    LOL, no he doesn’t. Only that he’s lost that lovin’ feelin’ with a certain heifer. Isn’t it hilarious?

    That’s why I want to see more Proft farmer spots.

  11. - Arthur Andersen - Wednesday, Feb 7, 18 @ 12:22 pm:

    Now that’s truly all hat and no cattle.

  12. - @misterjayem - Wednesday, Feb 7, 18 @ 12:55 pm:

    “Does this guy know anything about cattle?”

    Those are the horses that give milk, rite?

    – MrJM

  13. - Ole' Nelson - Wednesday, Feb 7, 18 @ 1:10 pm:

    You guys beat me to it. I think somebody doesn’t know what a heifer is. Maybe Governor Rauner needs to put more money into FFA in our agricultural state.

  14. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Feb 7, 18 @ 1:15 pm:

    Maybe he meant “put down a heifer” like, “Wow, you’re still a heifer — when are you going to have a calf, anyway?”

  15. - illini - Wednesday, Feb 7, 18 @ 1:30 pm:

    Real farmers in Charlies District know the difference between an calf and a heifer. The ad was obviously produced by someone who has no clue.

  16. - Highland IL - Wednesday, Feb 7, 18 @ 5:27 pm:

    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?

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