* A.D. Quig at Crain’s…
Despite one of the biggest scandals of his tenure, House Speaker Mike Madigan’s campaign coffers are the biggest they’ve ever been with roughly $25 million cash on hand going into the final stretch of the 2020 election season, according to campaign finance records.
Madigan controls four campaign funds, the largest of which – Friends of Michael J Madigan – raised roughly $10 million in the last year alone, despite federal raids on the homes and offices of many of Madigan’s closest associates launching in the summer of 2019. That committee has raised $1 million since the ComEd deferred prosecution agreement implicated Madigan in July, with big donations from the Chicago Land Operators Joint Labor-Management PAC, LiUNA Chicago Laborers District Council and the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters PAC. […[
With less than two months to go until the November election, House Speaker Mike Madigan’s campaign coffers are in better shape than ever. Between the four committees he controls, the speaker has $25 million cash on hand as of September 14. While we won’t know how much Madigan spent this quarter until mid-October, his quarterly totals reported to the state election board exceed the run-up to all other elections so far.
More, including a graph, is at the link.