* A.D. Quig at Crain’s…
Alaina Hampton, a former political staffer and campaign manager for House Speaker Mike Madigan and the Madigan-controlled Democratic Party of Illinois, says the PAC, People for Women’s Empowerment, is being run by people with more allegiance to Madigan than to empowering women.
State and city lobbyist Tiffany Elking, who has ties to Madigan, filed paperwork to launch the PAC in January. While she says the group was not created to benefit the speaker, she would not elaborate on what candidates or causes the group might support. The PAC has yet to disclose raising or spending any money.
“Women in Illinois politics, my colleagues, have long discussed the idea of a PAC to support women candidates. But the People for Women’s Empowerment PAC is my brain child, with invaluable input from the six other founding board members,” Elking said in an email. “That’s it. Meanwhile, we are currently developing our action plan. Stay tuned.” […]
Hampton pointed out that Elking, a former assistant counsel to Madigan, was among a group of women to publicly support then-House Majority Leader Lou Lang when he was accused of sexual harassment before an investigation into his behavior began. The Skokie Democrat resigned from the Legislature in January 2019 to become a lobbyist.
That show of support for Lang had a chilling effect on those who might have experienced harassment, Hampton said.
That Lang press conference still upsets some folks to this day. But there are some fine people on that group’s board, and even Hampton says she hopes they end up doing some good. Becky Carroll’s comment…
“While there are some great organizations in Illinois working to prepare women to run for re-election, like IWIL (Illinois Women in Leadership), virtually nothing exists that focuses exclusively and effectively on giving women the resources they need to run a successful campaign,” she said. “This new entity might be able to help fill that gap. Let’s see how they raise their money and who they invest those dollars in.”