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Pritzker talks about his $5 million contribution

Thursday, Dec 12, 2019

* Brian Mackey on Gov. Pritzker’s $5 million contribution to the Vote Yes for Fairness committee, which is pushing his graduated income tax plan

Because voters have the final say, the Democratic governor and his Republican opponents are expected to spend a great deal of money on persuasion.

“Well certainly there’s been a threat by lots of well-funded right-wing organizations and individuals to preserve the unfair tax system that exists today,” Pritzker says.

“It was important to me to step up and support something that I’ve been talking about since day one of my campaign, something that I think is very important for the state,” he says. […]

The group on the other side of the issue is called “Vote No on the Blank Check Amendment.” It has yet to report any contributions and did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

* Mark Maxwell doesn’t quote anyone from the opposition group, but did catch up with the Chamber’s point person

The Illinois Chamber of Commerce has already come out against the proposal, and its President predicts more groups will soon join their ranks.

“When I saw that [Pritzker] put $5 million into his PAC, I think that indicates he’s afraid he’s going to lose,” [Chamber President Todd Maisch] said in a phone call Wednesday night.

“Illinoisans are incredibly skeptical of the competence of Illinois state government right now,” he said. “We think taxpayers are going to say, ‘We’re not going to send a whole lot of money to Springfield under the current circumstances.’”

Maisch and his allies are closely studying the campaigns to defeat a progressive tax push in Colorado, where Democrats put the question on the ballot three elections in a row, but voters rejected the idea all three times.

In the most recent election, “Colorado tied it to education,” Maisch said, “which is almost always the most popular priority for spending, and they still couldn’t get it done. Illinois has no tie to where the dollars are going to go. So you don’t know if it’s going to go for new bronze doors for the statehouse, or to pay the light bill, or to pay for plane trips out of state. We are confident we are going to win.”

And they’re so confident that they haven’t done any fundraising yet? Is that the logic?

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - @misterjayem - Thursday, Dec 12, 19 @ 2:46 pm:

    Is that the logic?

    “Forget it, he’s rolling.” — Donald “Boone” Schoenstein, Animal House (1978)

    – MrJM

  2. - Grandson of Man - Thursday, Dec 12, 19 @ 2:47 pm:

    “We’re not going to send a whole lot of money to Springfield under the current circumstances.”

    “We” are not the taxpayers who right wingers are talking about. They are talking about the 3%, who are the highest incomes. “We” the 97% are going to be sending less of our money to Springfield, or the same amount.

  3. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Dec 12, 19 @ 2:49 pm:

    === “When I saw that [Pritzker] put $5 million into his PAC, I think that indicates he’s afraid he’s going to lose,” [Chamber President Todd Maisch] said in a phone call Wednesday night.===


    I’d be afraid folks will realize Maisch has no response to Pritzker and these millions… and stringing people along in hopes of some earned media will do the trick.

    It should noted that Todd Maisch was also a big supporter of Ken Dunkin, and in reality, the forces that could work to defeat the progressive income tax seemingly would be the same obstructionist during the Rauner years, especially when Uihlein was in the fold too.

    My point? The acumen and spin here is revolving around the inevitable pleading and begging for wealthy folks to back a plan, in reality, to keep more monies for the 3%.

    Maybe realizing that, I shouldn’t be surprised at such an empty response by Maisch. What do they have?

  4. - njt - Thursday, Dec 12, 19 @ 2:50 pm:

    ==“Forget it, he’s rolling.” — Donald “Boone” Schoenstein, Animal House (1978)===

    “Mine’s bigger” J.B. to any of the “dark money” groups that start fundraising against him.

  5. - Annonin' - Thursday, Dec 12, 19 @ 2:52 pm:

    No fundraising?
    Todd and Spanky Baise were seen were seen dumpster diving for aluminum cans…JB not worried just messaging whack jobs to get some cash or sit down

  6. - Arsenal - Thursday, Dec 12, 19 @ 2:57 pm:

    JB’s confidence has been a weird subtopic of conversation on the IL right since 2017, as If he‘s Dumbo and can only succeed if he believes in himself.

  7. - Back to the Future - Thursday, Dec 12, 19 @ 3:03 pm:

    I am a member of a local Chamber of Commerce and usually
    cringe whenever I read anything (mostly everything) Todd M. says.

  8. - Suburbs - Thursday, Dec 12, 19 @ 3:06 pm:

    This is another reason why I wonder how Todd is still employed. How is that language going to help the Chamber get anything done? If they wonder why the Chamber is so ineffective, they can add this quote to the long list of reasons.

  9. - OpentoDiscusssion - Thursday, Dec 12, 19 @ 3:14 pm:

    Yea, each side has the right to contribute money on this issue. It should be reported and be totally open.

    End of story.

  10. - Lester Holt’s Mustache - Thursday, Dec 12, 19 @ 3:21 pm:

    Don’t know who decided to put Maisch in charge of fighting an idea that 66% of Illinoisans already endorsed in a referendum a couple years back, but that’s some bad strategery right there. This is the same guy who couldn’t even delay a big minimum wage increase until the end of February. JB is putting his actual money where his mouth is, other side is putting their proverbial money inside an incinerator.

  11. - King Louis XVI - Thursday, Dec 12, 19 @ 3:29 pm:

    Pritzker brings $5 million to the fight, and the IL Chamber brings an empty suit. Painful.

  12. - Grandson of Man - Thursday, Dec 12, 19 @ 3:31 pm:

    Colorado isn’t Illinois. In 2016 Clinton only won Colorado by 5 points, whereas she won Illinois by 17 points. Pritzker won by almost 16 points.

  13. - SSL - Thursday, Dec 12, 19 @ 3:40 pm:

    Geez why even vote. Sounds like it’s a slam dunk.

  14. - Nick Name - Thursday, Dec 12, 19 @ 3:51 pm:

    ===“Illinoisans are incredibly skeptical of the competence of Illinois state government right now,” he said.===

    After last spring’s GA session, with major legislation passed with bipartisan votes, Illinoisans may be reassessing that.

  15. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Dec 12, 19 @ 3:56 pm:

    “The time has come for someone to put his foot down. And that foot is me.“

    —Todd Maisch

  16. - City Zen - Thursday, Dec 12, 19 @ 3:57 pm:

    Nothing wrong with showing up at the blackjack table with a stack of chips.

  17. - The Captain - Thursday, Dec 12, 19 @ 4:20 pm:

    === “When I saw that [Pritzker] put $5 million into his PAC, I think that indicates he’s afraid he’s going to lose,” [Chamber President Todd Maisch] said in a phone call Wednesday night. ===

    Uh, he put $172 million into his campaign fund for his gubernatorial race, he must have really thought he was going to lose that one.

  18. - City Zen - Thursday, Dec 12, 19 @ 4:28 pm:

    While JB may be afraid to lose, he may not be afraid to lose $5 million. That should be your bigger concern, Mr. Maisch.

  19. - Montrose - Thursday, Dec 12, 19 @ 4:45 pm:

    “A well funded campaign is a sign you are going to lose.” said no one, ever.

  20. - Rabid - Friday, Dec 13, 19 @ 4:24 am:

    Pritzker brings eat the rich to the table, Todd wants to take the rich off the menu

  21. - efudd - Friday, Dec 13, 19 @ 7:48 am:


    “Here’s five mill, for starters.”


    “Yeah, well, you smell funny.”

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