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Madigan breaks record with $2 million transfer to DPI

Thursday, Sep 24, 2020 - Posted by Rich Miller

* Second-largest campaign contribution of September so far…

That’s the single largest transfer of money into DPI in history, according to the State Board of Elections’ website.

Much of that money is likely for direct mail expenses since the state party receives a significant postage discount. It’s one of the biggest reasons why Madigan retains control of the party. He saves a ton of money on mail.

The largest contribution of the month was the $20 million Ken Griffin sent to the Coalition To Stop The Proposed Tax Hike Amendment.

House Republican Leader Jim Durkin, by the way, has reported raising just $1.463 million since the start of the calendar year.

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8 Comments
  1. - Friendly Bob Adams - Thursday, Sep 24, 20 @ 11:48 am:

    This line “The largest contribution of the month was the $20 million Ken Griffin sent to the Coalition To Stop The Proposed Tax Hike Amendment” is quite an ad *for* the fair tax amendment, if you think about it…


  2. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Sep 24, 20 @ 11:52 am:

    === Much of that money is likely for direct mail expenses since the state party receives a significant postage discount. It’s one of the biggest reasons why Madigan retains control of the party. He saves a ton of money on mail.===

    “We’re comin’ for ya, Wehrli…”

    To the post,

    I remember when Bruce and Diana Rauner first bought the GOP Caucuses… parking $50 million and decrying “no &$@#% problems”. The brand became Raunerite, and the eroding of actual influence began.

    This $2 million is first a realization that ending Raunerism in the House while Trump is a hammer is how the Velvet Hammer sees this election. These are real dollars to do real damage.

    It’s also symbolic, not as an ownership of things as Bruce and Diana Rauner bought to own, its symbolic to a diverse caucus making a point to grow and win and do what they believe is saving Illinois from the Breens, Wehrlis, Skillicorns. This mission is to win where the extreme Raunerite/Trumpkin sits.

    If in the end, the majority of Raunerite Trumpkins are outside Chicago, outside Cook, outside the Collars… truly making House Raunerites a regional thing, then that’s pretty symbolic too.


  3. - Dotnonymous - Thursday, Sep 24, 20 @ 12:34 pm:

    I hope they banked their Rauner checks.


  4. - zatoichi - Thursday, Sep 24, 20 @ 1:23 pm:

    Today’s math problem: How many years of increased taxes would it take to equal the $20M that Griffin just spent to not raise the tax?


  5. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Sep 24, 20 @ 1:51 pm:

    ===would it take to equal===

    Not much.


  6. - TaxTheMemes - Thursday, Sep 24, 20 @ 5:01 pm:

    Oswego your comment here is totally fantastic. Second usage


  7. - Quenton Cassidy - Thursday, Sep 24, 20 @ 6:18 pm:

    No offense, OW, but fortunately for the Democrats their political operatives are able to see both broader and deeper than rhetorical pasties like “Raunerite” and “Trumpkin” you continually use.

    Governors who have wealth - either in terms of personal, campaign, or high popularity- have always managed to put members of their party in the legislature in line. Including the current Governor. Presidents too, of both parties. And when political tides shifted, those legislators have had to figure out how to answer for those votes and survive an election in a different environment. That’s all this is.

    We could use “Madiganites,” but that sounds as silly as the other two labels.


  8. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Sep 24, 20 @ 6:32 pm:

    === but fortunately for the Democrats their political operatives are able to see both broader and deeper than rhetorical pasties like “Raunerite” and “Trumpkin” you continually use.===

    … and yet, running against Trump is the play being used, and defeating Rauner and rallying labor especially around defeating Rauner kinda made a big difference.

    You know that, but what is always interesting about “campaign professionals” is that one thing they are great at is making a whole bunch of charts and graphs when sometimes… people have simple reasons why they are motivated.

    If all you think, smugly, was true… then good campaigns would always win, bad campaigns would always lose, and nuanced messaging would win the day.

    Bad campaigns win, great campaigns lose, and voters don’t do nuance, voters do what they think in the micro makes sense.

    ===Governors who have wealth - either in terms of personal, campaign, or high popularity- have always managed to put members of their party in the legislature in line.===

    Oh, the $50 million and “no &$@% questions”, how did they work out? Good? Great?

    That went from 4 statewide Raunerites and far more seats than now with no statewide Raunerites (losing that US senate seat too) and Madigan, with a movie, $100 million spent on “Fire Madigan”… and a 28% approval of Madigan winning the day against the “fighter” Bruce Rauner

    ===And when political tides shifted===

    LOL, the Raunerites shut down the state.

    There was no shifting tides, the voters saw the politics, the advice and counsel of those close to Rauner failed Illinois, as Rauner failed Illinois too.

    “And when political tides shifted”

    .., that’s like saying Noah built an ark because of a lil rain.

    === legislators have had to figure out how to answer for those votes and survive an election in a different environment.===

    … and yet Labor, coalesced like never before, horrible votes, and running “Skyhook in reverse” on Rauner, using that same non-nuanced politics, of won the day.

    Well, that and Trump is a disaster with women and in the suburbs, but please ignore that with…

    ===That’s all this is.===

    Keep telling yourself that, Durkin can’t get to 38 seats quicker, Brady could be at 16 just as easy.

    === We could use “Madiganites,” ===

    They used “Fire Madigan”. Keep up please.


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