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*** UPDATED x3 *** Late shenanigans!

Monday, Mar 19, 2018 - Posted by Rich Miller

* “Voter shaming” letters were a big thing two years ago. They appear to be back and even more blatant. From a subscriber…

Lots of folks in the neighborhood [are upset] about this today — we’re getting a ton of calls and visits to the [redacted] about it. It’s a letter from an outfit called the “Illinois State Voter Program” that looks suspiciously like the earlier mail sent out by that Lipinski front group, United for Progress. (Although there are no “paid for” disclaimers on this piece.)

Looks like a curious effort to guilt folks into voting tomorrow by implying they’ll be exposed to their neighbors as a non-voter if they don’t. The addresses listed and redacted in the attached letter are the mail recipient’s neighbors.

We did some checking and it turns out the letter is only being sent to “Leaners” — we know of no Hard D’s or Hard R’s who had it mailed to them. Looks like an attempt to get middle-of-the-road voters to show up tomorrow — assuming they’ll pull a Dem ballot and vote for Lipinski.

Like the earlier United for Progress piece, the “Illinois State Voter Program” uses a Lockport P.O. Box as its return address.

* The letter…

There’s a better copy of the letter here.

* The subscriber followed up later…

Just heard from a guy from [redacted] who got the letter. In addition to listing the neighbors on his block, they listed two of his Facebook friends — one who lives in Oak Lawn and another who lives in Garfield Ridge. Pretty sophisticated data dive.

…Adding… The “group” even has a website. Click here. It was created March 9th. But check out what happens once you input your info…

They need a spell-checker.

* Moving right along…



The video is here.

* And the Shenanigans! meme spread to CNN today

[The DGA’s new TV ads are] hardly the kind of thing that would turn off conservatives ahead of a primary. In a statement, Rauner’s campaign said the Democratic Governors Association launched it because it feared the incumbent.

“That’s why they’ve decided to overtly attempt to influence the outcome of the Republican primary in favor of a candidate who is simply unelectable in Illinois,” said Rauner communications director Will Allison.

The Democratic Governors Association denies engaging in any such shenanigans.

*** UPDATE 1 *** Fake news alert! There is no such outfit in Illinois.


*** UPDATE 2 *** Interesting…



*** UPDATE 3 *** Sun-Times

Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin, D-Oak Park, has called on the Illinois Board of Elections to investigate several hundred phony campaign signs that popped up across his district over the weekend, just days before the primary election.

The signs ask voters to “un-elect” Boykin and refer to the first-term commissioner as a Republican. Boykin’s 1st District covers much of Chicago’s West Side and the near western suburbs. […]

Boykin said he saw between 300 and 400 of the signs across the district over the weekend.

       

26 Comments
  1. - WSJ Paywall - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 4:54 pm:

    Again, not the mark of a confident campaign.


  2. - Grand Avenue - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 5:00 pm:

    There’s going to be a lot of Shenanigans tomorrow.

    Especially with palm cards


  3. - Southside Markie - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 5:10 pm:

    Just got my latest robocall for Rauner. This one from Newt Gingrich. Not a joke.


  4. - wordslinger - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 5:15 pm:

    –Just got my latest robocall for Rauner. This one from Newt Gingrich. Not a joke.–

    Then why am I laughing?


  5. - 47th Ward - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 5:18 pm:

    Did Gingrich at least mention President Trump?


  6. - Old Time R - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 5:21 pm:

    No way no how it Proft would share data and tabs with Rich and Cap Fax


  7. - Old Time R - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 5:23 pm:

    Meant to say no way no how, or Proft would share all the data with Rich


  8. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 5:26 pm:

    Ives… 39.5

    You missed on the 37.5 tickets.


  9. - Southside Markie - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 5:27 pm:

    The Gingrich call: “Hi. This is Newt Gingrich. Calling to remind YOU to vote Tuesday, March 20th in the Republican primary. Bruce Rauner is leading a revolution against the corruption in Springfield. Mike Madigan has been in power for faaaaar too long and Bruce Rauner is the ONLY one who can win the fight against the Madigan machine. That’s why it’s SO important that you vote for Bruce Rauner on Tuesday, March 20th.”


  10. - Rich Miller - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 5:42 pm:

    Southside Markie, can you email that to me? capitolfax@gmail.com


  11. - Thomas Paine - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 5:46 pm:

    @Prot

    Probably his standard 75% cut.


  12. - Blue dog dem - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 5:48 pm:

    I can only hope Jeanne garners 42%. And then 50% of that vote stays home in November.


  13. - Timmy - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 5:58 pm:

    Is “Low Blow Joe” Novak back at work in the 23rd Ward Office?


  14. - Snapper - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 6:07 pm:

    This one is in the bag for Kennedy now that all three of Tio’s supporters have permission to vote for Chris.


  15. - New Commenter - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 6:21 pm:

    Biss is endorsed by Our Revolution, Chuy Garcia is endorsed by Bernie Sanders, and Chris Kennedy isn’t endorsed by either Our Revolution or Sanders, right?

    That’s kind of a knife in the back for Biss.


  16. - Anonymous - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 6:33 pm:

    How is it legal to publish your voting records like that? See, this kind of pressuring is why we need open primaries.


  17. - Amalia - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 6:50 pm:

    Biss has a problematic Lt. Gov. running mate. Vote for him would be wasted.


  18. - Bobio - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 6:55 pm:

    Something is going on with Kennedy for those two guys to do last second switcharoos. I guess we will see soon.


  19. - Arsenal - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 6:56 pm:

    Switcheroo? Chuy endorsed Kennedy months ago.


  20. - Bobio - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 7:01 pm:

    Really, didn.t know that. Seems like an anticlimactic tweet from Ahern then.


  21. - West Side the Best Side - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 7:11 pm:

    An 80 something nun I know received the voting letter listing herself and several other nuns in her convent as well as an number of unknown people. She brought it to the Brookfield Police Department.


  22. - statehoss - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 7:38 pm:

    Rich,
    If you google the PO Box, you can find out the name it belongs to. If you google that name, you can then find his mailing house, his contributions, and payments to him and his firm. I’ve done 4 of those 5 searches and found info, but wasn’t sure you’d want me to post such info here. But it should be possible to link this conclusively rather than leaving it as “looks a lot like.”


  23. - Amalia - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 8:04 pm:

    that pre election day rally for Kennedy included not just Chuy, but Kaegi, at least per advertised bit. that bodes very well for Kennedy if that is true.


  24. - Austinman - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 8:19 pm:

    Chris Tucker called me asking me to vote for Kennedy


  25. - Anon324 - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 8:54 pm:

    So you were able to understand the words coming out of his mouth, Austinman?


  26. - Amalia - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 8:54 pm:

    omg, just saw the Miss video juggling flaming items. what the what? nerd fest.


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