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*** UPDATED x2 - Fairley, Raoul respond *** Quinn launches radio ad accusing Raoul of “pay to play”

Thursday, Mar 8, 2018

* Hard-hitting Pat Quinn radio ad called “Insisting”

The spot is running on African-American stations.

* Script

Politician Kwame Raoul keeps insisting (insisting) that the hundred thousand dollars he took from Big Tobacco won’t play a role in how he handles the state tobacco lawsuit if he’s elected Attorney General. (Pay to play).

Kwame Raoul keeps insisting that the campaign cash he’s raked in from big utilities won’t affect his oversight of utility company rate hikes. (Pay to play).

And Kwame Raoul keeps insisting (insisting) that the thousands in campaign cash he pocketed from the red light camera operators won’t play any role when it comes to protecting citizens from red light camera abuse. (Pay to play).

With all that campaign cash (pay to play)(pay to play), do you think Kwame Raoul is going to stand up for you……. or them?

You don’t fight the big utilities and the red light camera operators when you’re on their payroll.

With all those conflicts of interest Kwame Raoul can’t be trusted to be on our side as Attorney General.

We need a fighter for us, like Pat Quinn (Pat Quinn).

Paid for by Taxpayers for Quinn.


A positive Quinn ad is here.

* Meanwhile, Tribune

The Southern Illinois Democratic County Chairmen’s Association is endorsing state Sen. Kwame Raoul’s attorney general bid.

The group said it was an attempt to head off former Gov. Pat Quinn’s candidacy in the race.

“It is time for fresh faces in the leadership positions of Illinois and to move beyond the same-old-same-old so we can grow as a party,” said Nancy Mitchell, chair of the White County Democratic Party.

The group represents Democratic organizations from Alexander, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Massac, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Saline, Union, Wabash, Wayne, White and Williamson Counties.

* Also from the press release…

3½ years ago former Gov. Pat Quinn failed to carry one southern Illinois county. Meanwhile, Raoul has extensively traveled the state and picked up support from organized labor, elected officials and voters along the way. His campaign enjoys the support of elected officials downstaters trust like Secretary Jesse White, state senators Dave Koehler and Andy Manar along with state representative Jay Hoffman.

*** UPDATE *** From Ron Holmes at the Raoul campaign…

Pat Quinn having to pay black actors just to say something nice about him on black radio is the definition of pay to play.

Voters shouldn’t be surprised though. They know Pat Quinn’s failed tenure as Governor was plagued by scandal and now Illinois is a broken mess thanks to Quinn. Pat talks a big game on campaign finance but in the interest of disclosure let’s take a look at his record on “big tobacco, big utilities, and red-light camera operators.”

Some of his contributions from “Big Tobacco”…

    Taxpayers for Quinn Altria Client Services 11/23/2009 $10,000
    Taxpayers for Quinn National Tobacco Company, L.P. 6/29/2013 $10,500
    Taxpayers for Quinn VMR Products, LLC 6/29/2013 $5,000

Some of his contributions from “big utilities”…

    Taxpayers for Quinn BlueStar Energy Services 01/18/2010 $1,000
    Taxpayers for Quinn BlueStar Energy Services 06/25/2010 $1,000
    Taxpayers for Quinn Walls, Charles (ComEd VP of Customer Revenue Assurance) 08/19/2010 $500
    Taxpayers for Quinn NextEra Energy Resources, L.L.C. 01/05/2011 $2,500

And those red-light camera operators?

    Quinn received $4,000 in contributions from lobbyist Alfred G. Ronan, whose firm, Ronan Potts LLC, had reportedly retained red-light camera vendor RedSpeed Illinois as a client. In 2009, Ronan was described as, “Red Speed’s chief lobbyist in Springfield.” The Chicago Tribune also ran a piece specifically about lobbyist involvement in pushing red-light camera laws around the state, and it reported that Ronan had lobbied for RedSpeed since 2007. The piece also noted that Ronan lobbied for passage of the 2006 state law that opened the suburban traffic camera market to RedSpeed while working for another client.

    Taxpayers for Quinn Ronan, Alfred G. 06/25/2013 $500
    Taxpayers for Quinn Ronan, Alfred G. 06/26/2013 $1,500
    Taxpayers for Quinn Ronan, Alfred G. 11/03/2014 $1,000
    Taxpayers for Quinn Ronan, Alfred G. 12/23/2014 $1,000

    In February 2012, Quinn SIGNED THE BILL that allowed Chicago to retrofit red-light cameras with speed sensors at intersections near schools and parks.

    “Quinn signs Emanuel speed camera bill into law,” Monique Garcia, Chicago Tribune, 2/6/2012.
    Gov. Pat Quinn signed a measure into law today that allows Mayor Rahm Emanuel to start using red light cameras to fine speeding drivers as much as $100 for violations.

    “I think that you’ve got to understand that if you save even one life, you are saving the whole world,” Quinn said at a morning event at a Chicago school. “I mean, what do you say to a parent that’s been there from the day their son or daughter was born, and they’re killed by a speeding motorist next to their school, or their park?”

Bottom line: Pat Quinn will say or pay someone anything to get elected. He can’t be trusted.

*** UPDATE 2 *** Sharon Fairley…

In the final months of the Democratic primary for Illinois attorney general, the majority of candidates have put their ethics on hold to accept tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars in contributions from corporations, utility companies, tax attorneys, and alleged domestic abusers.

Scott Drury - who at a recent forum attacked Speaker Madigan on the issue of sexual harassment and misconduct - was not above taking a $10,000 contribution just two days ago from businessman Blair Hull, who was arrested for abusing his ex-wife.

Pat Quinn, who has repeatedly criticized the broken Cook County property tax assessment system on the campaign trail, pocketed a check for $200,000 on March 1, 2018 from a property tax appeal attorney.

Kwame Raoul’s many questionable campaign contributions are well documented. He has taken money from tobacco billionaires, political leaders, utility companies and red light camera operators. He continues to stand with Senate President John Cullerton, one of his biggest funders and a staunch supporter of disgraced state Senator Ira Silverstein.

Jesse Ruiz and Nancy Rotering have taken tens of thousands of dollars from big utilities as well. Rotering often brags about how she stood up to ComEd as mayor of Highland Park, but she also has no problem taking a check for $11,100 from them.

“We need an independent, experienced and qualified attorney general who is accountable only to the voters of Illinois,” said Sharon Fairley. “I’m not taking money from utility companies, corporations and other donors with conflicts in the office. You wouldn’t hire an attorney who receives thousands of dollars from someone who is suing you. You shouldn’t vote for one either.”

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  1. - SaulGoodman - Thursday, Mar 8, 18 @ 10:09 am:

    **The group said it was an attempt to head off former Gov. Pat Quinn’s candidacy in the race.**

    Man, those down state chairs hate Quinn. He never rewarded them with jobs in the ways that they had been used to from Blago. They rant and rave about it all the time.

  2. - Trapped in the ‘burbs - Thursday, Mar 8, 18 @ 10:29 am:

    He will never just go away. He’s like the terminator.

  3. - Anon0091 - Thursday, Mar 8, 18 @ 10:32 am:

    That is an excellent hit on Kwame. Powerful stuff and it’s gonna hurt.

  4. - ruce brauner - Thursday, Mar 8, 18 @ 10:36 am:

    @SaulGoodman - weren’t there something like 65 county chairs on the state payroll?

  5. - Sugar Corn - Thursday, Mar 8, 18 @ 10:36 am:

    Strong ads from team Quinn. Surprisingly good.

    Same southern chairs who endorsed Kennedy. The influence of the southern county chairs has diminished significantly over the years. Too many goofs who care more for themselves than their precinct committeemen.

  6. - SaulGoodman - Thursday, Mar 8, 18 @ 10:42 am:

    **@SaulGoodman - weren’t there something like 65 county chairs on the state payroll?**

    Yea, I think that’s right. But the perception from the downstate chairs is… strange.

  7. - Sugar Corn - Thursday, Mar 8, 18 @ 10:43 am:

    Although Jesse is in a league of his own, anyone claiming it’s time for “new, fresh” people while at the same time boosting our noble SoS has to come up with a different line.

    I’m for good old Jesse and Pat

    Ageism is an ugly, indefensible prejudice and democrats shouldn’t use the rhetoric of ageism.

  8. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Mar 8, 18 @ 10:51 am:

    That Quinn spot is a pretty good ad (a pretty good ad). It punches Raoul right in the nose (right in the nose).

  9. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Mar 8, 18 @ 10:51 am:

    The downstate Quinn criticism is more than fair, pointing out that land I guess votes…


    What is important to take from that is Quinn didn’t work downstate as he should’ve and that actual fair criticism merits the praise Raoul is getting in that statement.

    To the negative ad,

    It’s Quinn. The advocate for the people image/mirage Quinn like to prop up enjoys an opportunity to point out where others may have a cloud of concern over them, as the gadfly “fighter” gets his contrast to try to show the Quinn that Quinn wants seen.

    It’s good. Will it be effective for the audience, with Quinn, dunno.

  10. - Nishi - Thursday, Mar 8, 18 @ 11:14 am:

    While I can’t say I would support Quinn in this race, these are all good reasons why I would also not support Raoul. Sharon Fairley really seems like the best candidate to me.

  11. - A Jack - Thursday, Mar 8, 18 @ 11:15 am:

    Quinn is not qualified to be AG because when he was Governor he violated the Illinois Constitution on several levels.

    He tried to blackmail the GA into pushing unconstitutional pension reform by withholding their pay.

    He also violated a contract he signed with state employees regarding pay raises.

  12. - Ron Burgundy - Thursday, Mar 8, 18 @ 11:15 am:

    Ad is fine, and Quinn has some African-American support, but is an ad like this likely to move the needle much in the African-American community against an African-American candidate? Not so sure.

  13. - Dude Abides - Thursday, Mar 8, 18 @ 11:18 am:

    It’s a good ad. Will it do enough to put Quinn over the top against Raoul? I’m not sure. Do all those Union households have long memories of when Quinn signed contracts and the ink was barely dry and he tried to renege on them?

  14. - SouthernIL - Thursday, Mar 8, 18 @ 11:35 am:

    hmmmm, Southern IL chairman just about their jobs. Guess after Quinn carried 2 counties in southern Illinois in his first race then shut down facilities in both of those counties costing several hundred people who weren’t chairmnan their jobs, they should give him a parade. Now is the time to elect a person like Kwame as Attorney General.

  15. - SouthernIL - Thursday, Mar 8, 18 @ 11:41 am:


  16. - Just Me - Thursday, Mar 8, 18 @ 11:46 am:

    I will never forgive Quinn for disrespecting our democratic process by skipping the inauguration of his successor. There is no excuse for that behavior.

  17. - Precinct Captain - Thursday, Mar 8, 18 @ 11:55 am:

    Just Me - Thursday, Mar 8, 18 @ 11:46 am

    We get it, Bruce.

  18. - Anyone Remember - Thursday, Mar 8, 18 @ 12:14 pm:

    Just Me -
    He did the same thing to Judy Baar Topinka in 1995 by not appearing at the Capitol vault to symbolically had over the keys.

  19. - wordslinger - Thursday, Mar 8, 18 @ 12:15 pm:

    –Pat Quinn having to pay black actors just to say something nice about him on black radio is the definition of pay to play.–

    That’s a strange and silly thing to say. You begrudge an actor getting paid?

    Steps on the true message, which is that Quinn is being a wee bit hypocritical on campaign contributions.

  20. - Retired Educator - Thursday, Mar 8, 18 @ 12:33 pm:

    This is getting really nasty. The next couple weeks should be a real cage match. I have thought from the beginning that Raoul would win. They are sure giving the Republicans some great stuff for commercials down the road.

  21. - Louis G. Atsaves - Thursday, Mar 8, 18 @ 12:36 pm:

    ===”He did the same thing to Judy Baar Topinka in 1995 by not appearing at the Capitol vault to symbolically had over the keys.”===

    I seem to recall Quinn issuing letters terminating the employment of many Treasury employees, forcing Topinka to contact all of them to assure them they could still report to work.

  22. - Stagman - Thursday, Mar 8, 18 @ 12:39 pm:

    Isn’t Ron Holmes being paid to stand up for Kwame though?

  23. - RNUG - Thursday, Mar 8, 18 @ 12:59 pm:

    == Man, those down state chairs hate Quinn. He never rewarded them with jobs in the ways that they had been used to from Blago. They rant and rave about it all the time. ==

    Unlike George Ryan, Quinn did learn / realize times had changed and it wasn’t going to be business as usual going forward.

    Of course, we can still slam Quinn for his past patronage actions under Walker.

  24. - Anon0091 - Thursday, Mar 8, 18 @ 2:42 pm:

    The Kwame response is solid, albeit slow. But again, it’s a press release. 1000x more people will hear the Quinn ad than the Kwame response. Frankly, both of these guys are damaged goods and only one person can win.

  25. - Responsa - Thursday, Mar 8, 18 @ 3:48 pm:

    At this stage of the campaign, back-atcha response press releases are like a tree falling in the forest that nobody hears. Waste of time.

  26. - Anonymous - Thursday, Mar 8, 18 @ 5:31 pm:

    Raoul would cream Quinn head to head.

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