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Should the House Dems restrict their fundraising?

Tuesday, Aug 31, 2021

* I only mention this upcoming fundraiser because there’s an article about it today…

Tickets run from $250 up to $20,000 for a VIP event.

* Crain’s

Illinois House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch has announced plans for his first big Chicago fund-raiser since succeeding Mike Madigan, and though I wouldn’t expect Commonwealth Edison execs to pack the place, it does have some similarities to the kind of big-bucks events Madigan used to throw. […]

If Team Welch is imposing any new rules on who can donate, given Madigan’s involvement in the on-going Edison bribery and shake-down scandal, it isn’t saying so. Madigan has not been accused of any misconduct and denies any impropriety. Several of his key associates are under federal indictment. […]

Says a Welch spokeswoman in a statement, “Speaker Welch is excited to have a fundraiser at a new outdoor venue. He will comply with any state/local guidelines, just like every other political committee holding a fundraiser.”

I’m not quite sure why Welch should be singled out here, particularly since Senate President Harmon is the one taking the lead on the energy bill talks.

Your thoughts on any special restrictions that Welch should put on his fundraisers?

- Posted by Rich Miller        

16 Comments
  1. - SaulGoodman - Tuesday, Aug 31, 21 @ 9:46 am:

    **Your thoughts on any special restrictions that Welch should put on his fundraisers?**

    No Greg Hinz allowed.


  2. - Former Downstater - Tuesday, Aug 31, 21 @ 9:49 am:

    What a ridiculous article, pointing out…nothing improper being done.


  3. - Will Caskey - Tuesday, Aug 31, 21 @ 9:51 am:

    Yes, absolutely tone it down while the next Rauner decides how many superliners of cash to dump on ILGOP…


  4. - Ok - Tuesday, Aug 31, 21 @ 9:57 am:

    Maybe nobody from Crain’s allowed.


  5. - Ok - Tuesday, Aug 31, 21 @ 9:58 am:

    Sorry Saul, shoulda called you first before I posted


  6. - Phineas Gurley - Tuesday, Aug 31, 21 @ 10:02 am:

    Since getting ‘face time’ will be very different with masks, he should assess a surcharge for anyone who puts a logo, slogan, or bill number on their facemask.


  7. - Victor Kingston - Tuesday, Aug 31, 21 @ 10:16 am:

    I’m strongly of the opinion that one does not put down their supersoaker until the other side agrees to do the same. As soon as both sides collectively agree to stop holding fundraisers, we should 100% hold them to it and publicly shame every politician that doesn’t abide by the agreement. But, I’ve always been the practical sort.

    Until then it would be cool cool cool if Crain’s would do…a journalism? An actual journalism? I hear tell of a bevy of financial problems that are about to occur on the 4′th of next month as a substantial amount of dollars stop being pumped into the economy. But, an impending fiscal cliff for millions of lower income people isn’t anything to worry about for the fine professional people at Crain’s Chicago Business. I’m sure no businesses in or around Chicago will be effected. And why spend time doing actual work when you can write about pointless nonsense, amiright?


  8. - Columbo - Tuesday, Aug 31, 21 @ 10:18 am:

    When in doubt, better call Saul


  9. - JS Mill - Tuesday, Aug 31, 21 @ 10:21 am:

    So Crain’s wants unilateral disarmament? what could go wrong with that?


  10. - Hannibal Lecter - Tuesday, Aug 31, 21 @ 10:32 am:

    === No money from Gaming, Liquor or regulated utilities. ===

    Why stop there? Lets just prohibit contributions from the unions, trial lawyers, hospitals, financial services companies, construction companies, and all other groups that have money to spend. Would you like that Al?


  11. - Banish Misfortune - Tuesday, Aug 31, 21 @ 10:49 am:

    I guess no poor people invited?


  12. - Hannibal Lecter - Tuesday, Aug 31, 21 @ 11:08 am:

    === I guess no poor people invited? ===

    ??? Its a fundraiser! Anyone can come, but poor people may decide that it is not the best use of their funds!


  13. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Aug 31, 21 @ 11:08 am:

    Banish is a bit unclear on the concept, I see. And I’m sure the commenter is a hugely major advocate for poor people. /s


  14. - truthteller - Tuesday, Aug 31, 21 @ 12:21 pm:

    I am still chuckling


  15. - low level - Tuesday, Aug 31, 21 @ 1:14 pm:

    = Your thoughts on any special restrictions that Welch should put on his fundraisers?==

    Zero.


  16. - Nanis - Tuesday, Aug 31, 21 @ 4:05 pm:

    We know why he was questioned. These types of instances happen whenever black folks takes leadership roles. This is called a micro aggression for anyone wondering.


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