Capitol Fax.com - Your Illinois News Radar » *** UPDATED x1 *** How can Pritzker raise campaign money after swearing off fundraising?
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
*** UPDATED x1 *** How can Pritzker raise campaign money after swearing off fundraising?

Tuesday, Aug 7, 2018

* JB Pritzker a year ago

“One of the things you may or may not like about my candidacy is I’m not raising money. The reason that I chose not to do that was predominantly because Bruce Rauner, who people think self-funds, actually takes tens of millions of dollars from the Koch brothers’ network,” Pritzker recently said.

“And I want you to know that when I stand up in front of you and tell you that I’m for a progressive income tax, and that I’m gonna fight for $15 and that I’m gonna make sure we legalize marijuana, that those are the things I really believe,” Pritzker said. “And there’s nobody who’s gonna call me in the middle of the night who backed me, who wrote me a check or something, who’s gonna say to me ‘You can’t do that thing you said you were gonna do because we won’t back you in the next election.’”

* Last week

Democrat J.B. Pritzker’s governor campaign reported more than $120,000 in donations, ostensibly aimed at his “Blue Wave Illinois” effort to help build the state party and help its lower-ballot candidates in November.

The donations reported Wednesday include $89,200 from Robin Loewenberg Tebbe, chief marketing officer of the Magellan Development Group. She’s been a past donor to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, giving him a total of $10,700 in contributions in 2014 and 2016.

Pritzker received an additional $25,000 from Chicago attorney and consultant Sheli Rosenberg. She’s previously given nearly $44,000 to retiring Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s campaigns since 2006 and an additional $40,650 to the abortion-rights group Personal PAC since 2000, state campaign finance records show.

* So, I asked the Pritzker campaign how the candidate reconciles his statement swearing off contributions last year with his current fundraising, even if it is for his “Blue Wave Illinois” campaign. The response from Galia Slayen…

JB has been an independent leader and thinker his entire life and that won’t change when he is governor. While JB continues to fund his own campaign, he is proud to be supporting Democrats up and down the ballot with field, digital, and fundraising through Blue Wave Illinois 2018. This is a statewide, grassroots operation ready to beat Bruce Rauner, elect candidates who will fight for working families at all levels, and lay a foundation of both donors and volunteers that will help elect Democrats for years to come.

I’m thinking that’s not really an answer.

I’ve asked the Rauner campaign for a response.

*** UPDATE *** From Will Allison at the Rauner campaign…

Pritzker is fully embracing his corrupt relationship with Mike Madigan by funding Madigan’s candidates.

Well, at least he stayed on message.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

36 Comments
  1. - lake county democrat - Tuesday, Aug 7, 18 @ 11:25 am:

    I’m expecting more “not really an answer” from JB in two years when reminded he promised not to support a gerrymandered map.


  2. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Aug 7, 18 @ 11:26 am:

    When you are spending $200K a day…

    You are spending the equivalence of real people buying a house… every single day… even billionaires have buyers remorse.

    Each work week, the 5 days, is a million dollars spent.

    The wordy, lengthy, non-answer ignores what Pritzker promoted in his pre “the cost of a house a day” personal spending, and attempts to make it about “we’re all in this together” as a blue wave thingy, but maybe it’s simply Pritzker is looking at the $400K he’s spending on Saturday and Sunday and wondering “you know, others can help with this”… before the work week begins again and another $1 million is lost to… whatever.


  3. - Seats - Tuesday, Aug 7, 18 @ 11:31 am:

    As long as he is giving the donations to other Democratic candiatates I don’t see the problem? If he raises more money than he gives out, then it is an issue.


  4. - Shelby Thomas Weems - Tuesday, Aug 7, 18 @ 11:32 am:

    Madigan.

    Blue Wave.

    Madigan.

    Blue Wave.

    Madigan.

    Blue Wave…..

    …repeat this process for 91 more days or until all of Illinois locks themselves in a padded room. Which ever comes first.


  5. - Real - Tuesday, Aug 7, 18 @ 11:34 am:

    Seems like instigating to me. The fundraised money is not going to be used for the JB for Governor campaign. It’s going toward the blue wave campaign.


  6. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Aug 7, 18 @ 11:44 am:

    ===The fundraised money is not going to be used for the JB for Governor campaign===

    “I’m not raising money.”

    Doesn’t matter where the money is going. He said what he said. And now he is raising money.


  7. - DeseDemDose - Tuesday, Aug 7, 18 @ 11:45 am:

    Nit Picking.


  8. - City Zen - Tuesday, Aug 7, 18 @ 11:48 am:

    Blue waves lead to erosion. A large enough blue wave devastates the land and its occupants.


  9. - Christopher - Tuesday, Aug 7, 18 @ 11:52 am:

    When Pritzker said he wouldn’t do fundraising, he was talking about his own campaign. This is not going back on his word. The Rauner campaign, as might be expected, finds Madigan and corruption in everything.


  10. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Aug 7, 18 @ 11:56 am:

    It tough when you takeover a whole political party.

    It’s expensive. Some may call it a money pit, flushing good money after good money, waking up every morning, knowing that $200,000 will vanish by the time you go to bed, and it will happen tomorrow, and the day after that, and the day after that…

    ‘Nember when that Pritzker aide bragged about spending ‘x’ number of times over ‘whatever’… yeah… me too, that was awesome… until someone goes to bed Friday night knowing this work week a million dollars is gone.

    Now, Diana and Bruce, after $40+ million of their own money, and parking an additional $20 million, they demanded “no $&@#% problems” from their own party. Radogno and Durkin obliged.

    Ya think Cullerton and the SDems will comply? They will most likely keep their majority “because math”.

    Ya think the HDems and Madigan will comply? The diversity of that caucus keeps uniformity from devolving the diversity.

    So… raise money.

    It’s almost noon now. That’s $100K Pritzker spent, another $100K this afternoon to come.


  11. - peteypablo - Tuesday, Aug 7, 18 @ 11:56 am:

    I’d love to see an official statement from the Pritzker campaign titled “JB Clarifies Position on Middle of the Night Calls” Unless it’s the groomer for my many dogs I will not take the call.


  12. - What's in a name? - Tuesday, Aug 7, 18 @ 11:59 am:

    Did anyone think he would bankroll the entire democratic party forever? i see no issue.


  13. - Pesponsa - Tuesday, Aug 7, 18 @ 12:05 pm:

    Oh, I get it. “it depends on what the meaning of ‘is’ is.”


  14. - West Sider - Tuesday, Aug 7, 18 @ 12:07 pm:

    Pritzker should be raising money. Self-funding is a mistake, because it’s not about the dollars themselves. Voters who contribute, are voters who are committed.


  15. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Aug 7, 18 @ 12:11 pm:

    ===Did anyone think he would bankroll the entire democratic party forever?===

    So, just March 2018 to July-ish / August-ish 2018?

    That’s barely two quarters of a year.

    lol

    So, the Pritzker aide who bragged to Politico that they’d spend double whatever Rauner put up can’t fund things, as they said they would, longer than… 18-23 weeks?

    lol

    They said no fundraising, they said it.


  16. - Montrose - Tuesday, Aug 7, 18 @ 12:22 pm:

    Its good to see that Rauner’s campaign got two Madigan’s into one sentence. That is a stellar Madigan-to-all-other-words-ratio.


  17. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Aug 7, 18 @ 12:22 pm:

    –Did anyone think he would bankroll the entire democratic party forever? –

    LOL, I imagine more than a few hoped so. He’s one of the richest cats on Earth.


  18. - Concern Dem - Tuesday, Aug 7, 18 @ 12:27 pm:

    Whether he wants to or not any candidate / party has to do some base level fundraising just to avoid atrophy amongst there/it’s supporters.


  19. - Archpundit - Tuesday, Aug 7, 18 @ 12:30 pm:

    ==LOL, I imagine more than a few hoped so. He’s one of the richest cats on Earth.

    I agree many hoped for that–but it’s a horrible strategy for a party. See: Rauner, Bruce, Proft, Dan & Republicans


  20. - Archpundit - Tuesday, Aug 7, 18 @ 12:31 pm:

    ===That is a stellar Madigan-to-all-other-words-ratio.

    If they don’t have a contest in the Rauner campaign office for this, they should.


  21. - Arock - Tuesday, Aug 7, 18 @ 12:44 pm:

    If he really believes in the progressive tax he would have spent enough of his own money to make sure it was on the ballot this year. All I see from him and his fellow Democrats is the Illinois income tax going up again and other misc. tax increases and user fees.


  22. - The Captain - Tuesday, Aug 7, 18 @ 12:56 pm:

    I’m not saying Will Allison is a bot, I’m just saying I’m concerned about his job security because he could so easily be replaced by one.


  23. - A guy - Tuesday, Aug 7, 18 @ 1:09 pm:

    To be a “Man of the people”, I guess it means you have to take their money. It’d be rude not to, right?

    Ugh. He’d be better off funneling it to Charity or the Pension Funds.


  24. - Huh? - Tuesday, Aug 7, 18 @ 1:12 pm:

    1.4% is being hypocritical, with his vast wealth, he doesn’t need to go begging for bucks, but he does it anyways. JB funneling the money to the party is nothing.


  25. - Sideline Watcher - Tuesday, Aug 7, 18 @ 1:38 pm:

    I always thought that the reason the Dem’s wanted Pritzker is that he could fund his own campaign against another almost billionaire and it wouldn’t drain money from the Party or from Labor for that matter for all their other races.

    That’s what he’s doing. I never believed he alone was going to fund every single Dem on the ballot all up and down the ticket. That’s ridiculous and incredibly lazy. So I see no problem with the Blue Wave campaign. I honestly see no problem with this. Makes sense to me.


  26. - JS Mill - Tuesday, Aug 7, 18 @ 2:03 pm:

    = I never believed he alone was going to fund every single Dem on the ballot all up and down the ticket. =

    That is exactly what he said he would do. He also said he wouldn’t fund raise.

    Another unforced error by the JB crew.


  27. - Arthur Andersen - Tuesday, Aug 7, 18 @ 2:09 pm:

    JSM, exactly what I came here to post. Thanks.


  28. - Evanstonian - Tuesday, Aug 7, 18 @ 2:46 pm:

    This is such a classic rich guy move you can’t help but be impressed.

    I truly think the people making excused for him don’t understand how insanely rich he is. They literally cannot conceive it and that’s why even the left most party in this country and the right most party only disagree on raises taxes by a percent or two.


  29. - Anon0091 - Tuesday, Aug 7, 18 @ 3:57 pm:

    You guys are totally missing the point of raising money for the Blue Wave effort. Let me illustrate with Rauner.

    The entire GOP other than Proft became dependent on Rauner. The result will be that once Rauner loses, the party has no financial base to fall back upon. They will need to spend years rebuilding that base. It’s the reason they were so desperate for the two million dollar infusion. They became dependent and they were broke when he didn’t come through.

    JB ain’t that dumb. He doesn’t want the party solely dependent. He wants everyone to have a stake in the broader party effort. This is healthy. And for what it’s worth, I always interpreted his “I won’t raise money” to be for HIS campaign. He’s not. This is party building money.


  30. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Aug 7, 18 @ 4:01 pm:

    ===You guys are totally missing the point of raising money for the Blue Wave effort.===

    Hmm…

    ===Doesn’t matter where the money is going. He said what he said. And now he is raising money.===

    Being an aplogigist for Pritzker?

    Lots of words to talk away “I’m not raising money” but is… now raising money.

    So are you saying not to trust JB’s own words?

    Sure sounds like it.


  31. - A guy - Tuesday, Aug 7, 18 @ 4:25 pm:

    It’s the same impulse he felt when he tore toilets out of the mansion next store. Rich guys just can’t seem to resist it. No amount of money is enough to these guys, and spending it works against their grain.

    I’ve got xx billion. I don’t need to raise money. I’ve got enough to…..”miss a few grand, and raise money even though I said I wouldn’t”.

    So dumb.


  32. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Aug 7, 18 @ 4:38 pm:

    –I’m not saying Will Allison is a bot, I’m just saying I’m concerned about his job security because he could so easily be replaced by one.–

    So easily.

    Actually, Mattel could whip up one of those See N’ Say toys that would do the trick.


  33. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Aug 7, 18 @ 4:46 pm:

    - City Zen - Tuesday, Aug 7, 18 @ 11:48 am:

    Blue waves lead to erosion. A large enough blue wave devastates the land and its occupants.

    I wonder how long this person worked on this absurd non-response…I hope not long?

    #WastedDays&Nights?


  34. - Anon0091 - Tuesday, Aug 7, 18 @ 9:52 pm:

    “Being an aplogigist for Pritzker?

    Lots of words to talk away “I’m not raising money” but is… now raising money.

    So are you saying not to trust JB’s own words?

    Sure sounds like it.”

    No, I’m saying you’re missing the obvious context of what he said and when he said it. He was clearly talking about HIS race and not other Democrats. Are you saying he should just fund the entire GOP the way Rauner did and put Ds in the same precarious position Rs are in today? That doesn’t make any sense.


  35. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Aug 7, 18 @ 10:18 pm:

    ===Are you saying he should just fund the entire GOP the way Rauner did and put Ds in the same precarious position Rs are in today? That doesn’t make any sense.===

    Keep up.

    Pritzker said he wasn’t going to do any fundraising.

    Pritzker is now doing fundraising.

    Is that too difficult for you to grasp, or…


  36. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Aug 8, 18 @ 9:14 am:

    Over the next 3 months, JB will stumble and stumble. This happens when you have not done much except write checks.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Update to this morning's edition
* Question of the day
* First Class all the way
* Manteno Veterans' Home tests show "low levels of Legionellosis"
* Pritzker signs EO committing Illinois to Paris Climate Agreement
* The Dome is leaking
* It's Time To Put Our Progressive Values Into Action
* More on Pritzker's HB40 EO
* Yeah, that'll work well
* Report: Ald. Solis recorded conversations with Ald. Burke
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* *** LIVE COVERAGE ***
* Yesterday's stories

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............
<


Loading


Main Menu
Home
Illinois
YouTube
Pundit rankings
Obama
Subscriber Content
Durbin
Burris
Blagojevich Trial
Advertising
Updated Posts
Polls

Archives
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0
WordPress




Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller