Tuesday, December 21, 2004
Maybe it's the voters in the Fifth District who should be suing, considering all the pain and suffering they were subjected to during the election season. Click here to read the complaint.
Thursday, December 09, 2004
Wednesday, November 17, 2004
Payday lenders: $124,675
Nursing homes: $157,650
Liquor Interests: $99,625
Wirtz et al: $32,500
IL Power: $37,499
Alton Belle/Argosy: $133,908
As gaming seems to be getting the most attention now (as it always does in Veto), here's a breakdown of how gaming gave to the Four Tops:
House Democrats (Friends of Michael J. Madigan and the Democratic Party of Illinois): $41K, including $25K from Harrah's and $15K from Alton Belle/Argosy.
House Republicans (Citizens to Elect Tom Cross and the House Republican Organization): $83K, including $75K from Duchossois family members and holdings.
Senate Democrats (Citizens for Emil Jones and the Illionis Senate Democratic Fund): $46K, including $25K from Harrahs and $10K from the Racing Association of Illinois
Senate Republicans (Citizens for Frank Watson and the Republican State Senate Campaign Committee): $30K, including $15K from Harrah's and $10K from the Racing Association of Illinois.
Gov. Blagojevich (Friends of Rod Blagojevich): Reported taking no money from gaming interests, but Move Illinois Forward, which is affiliated with "Citz for Balgojevich", reported taking $15K from Duchossois Industries.
Of Senate Races, four crossed the million-dollar mark:
(1) 59th District: Forby/Summers: $2,177,901 [Forby (D) won]
(2) 32nd District: Ouimet/Althoff: $1,734,898 [Althoff (R) won]
(3) 38th District: Welch/Dahl: $1,731,142 [Dahl (R) won]
(4) 47th District: Sullivan/Ernst: $1,617,843 [Sullivan (D) won]
Of House races, here are the top fundraisers:
(1) 92nd District: Slone/Schock: $1,290,324 [Schock (R) won, Slone might request a re-count](2) 75th District: Gordon/Hayse: $1,231,934 [Gordon (D) won]
(3) 108th District: Grunloh/Reis: $1,102,755 [Reis (R) won]
(4) 17th District: Bromberg/Coulson: $873,969 [Coulson (R) won]
(5) 79th District: Dugan/Pangle: $720,287 [Dugan (D) won]
(6) 101st District: Flider/England (!): $637,301 [Flider (D) won]
No one else appears to have crossed half-a-million, though the 20th District (Cappareli/McAuliffe) probably went that high; we won't know for a while exactly how much The Dean spent on his failed effort. He moved $165K between PACs and raised another $88K outright; if that's what we count toward the election, then he and McAulilffe are at about $600K.
The previous record for spending in a general election Senate race was $1.98 million, set in 2002 in the 29th District contest between then-Sen. Kathy Parker (R) and then-Rep. Susan Garrett (D). The previous record for spending in a general election House race was $1.37 million, set in 2000 in the 116th District contest between Rep. Dan Reitz (D) and Harry Jankowski (R). When the final reports are tallied, it seems very likely that the Senate race has been broken, and possible that the House record was also broken.
Senator Pamela Althoff (R-32) reported $110K from RSSCC, and another $50K from Tom Les of Crystal Lake, whose only other reported contribution was $500 to Perry Moy earlier in October. Senator Gary Forby (D-59) got $61K from ISDF.
Fifth Judicial District Supreme Court candidate Judge Lloyd Karmeier (R) reported $70K in new receipts, which is just a drop in the bucket for him.
38th District Senate candidate Gary Dahl reported $151K in new receipts, including $100,000 from Senate Republican Leader Frank Watson's fund and $46K from RSSC. And 59th District Senate candidate Ron Sommers shows a $25K transfer from RSSC. Just goes to show it ain't over, till it's over.
What with the elaborate shell games on both sides, it can be hard to follow the money. Here's a summary:
Circuit Court Judge Lloyd Karmeier (R-5th):The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has given $2.3 million for Karmeier's campaign, mostly through the Illinois Republican Party ($2 million) and the Illinois Civil Justice League ($200K). The American Tort Reform Association has given $420K for Karmeier's campaign, mostly through the Illinois Civil Justice League ($385K) and the Manufacturers ($36K). The Illinois Coalition for Jobs, Growth and Prosperity PAC has also sent funds Karmeier's way, giving $150K through JUSTPAC and $8K directly. For the general election, Karmeier has reported raising $4.2 million .
Appellate Court Justice Gordon Maag (D-5th)Trial lawyers have given at least $2.5 million to Justice Maag's campaign, mostly through the Democratic Party (at least $2 million) and the Justice for All PAC (at least $500K). For the general election, Maag has reported raising $3.5 million.
While Forby Summers has already smashed the old spending record for a state senate general election, they are one of three Senate races poised to surpass the previous record of $1.98 million (Garret-Parker in 2002). The 59th District contest leads the pack, at $2,042,520. Sen. Pat Welch (D-38) and Gary Dahl (R-38) have come close with combined receipts of $1,559,248. Sen. John Sullivan (D-47), long touted as the top Tier One target, comes in third; his race against Tom Ernst (R-47) shows a combined $1,518,712. And Patrick Ouimet (D-32) has reported about twice what Sen. Pamela Althoff has raised; they combined to show $1,351,163.
Whether any of this is money well spent, or whether any of these candidates are worth the effort, remains to be seen. Bear in mind that final totals depend on what the candidates actually spent, which is often higher than what they've reported raising by Election Day.
The Forby-Sommers race in far Southern Illinois' 59th Senate District (one of Illinois' poorest districts) reports combined receipts of $1.99 million for the general election, which breaks the record set by Susan Garret and Kathy Parker, who reported a combined $1.98 million in receipts in their 2002 general election race in the North Shore's 29th Senate District (one of Illinois' richest districts. While records may be made to be broken, in our book this is not a positive trend.
Similarly, how did the Justice for All Foundation get $385K to give to its PAC? The Foundation was created only last summer; that's a quick surplus to generate in a matter of weeks. And if they are tax-exempt they're not supposed to be doing political giving. What kind of foundation is this, anyway?
So who are the biggest
donors to candidates and caucuses? At this stage, it's still hard to get a clean read; some of these PACs are giving to each other. Here's a list of the largest reported non-party/non-caucus donors to candidates, caucuses and parties since July 1, 2004. See if you can discern any patterns:
(1) U.S. Chamber of Commerce $2,050,000
(2) Illinois Civil Justice League/JUSTPAC $1,170,808
(3) Illinois Education Association/IPACE $707,366
(4) Illinois State Medical Society $427,642
(5) Illinois Federation of Teachers $367,001
(6) Illinois Chamber of Commerce $350,316
(7) Illinois Hospital Association $338,259
(8) Corboy & Demetrio $267,500
(9) Service Employees International Union $257,400
(10) Lakin Law Firm $256,914
(11) Illinois Trial Lawyers Association $250,500
(12) Power Rogers & Smith $219,200
(13) Association of Beer Distributors of Illinois $214,500
(14) Fred Eychaner $203,500
(15) Realtors PAC $195,120
(16) Cooney & Conway $165,000
(17) Manufacturers PAC $161,500
(18) Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois $160,570
(19) Simmons Law Firm $158,000
(20) Anesi Ozmon Rodin Novak & Kohen $157,550
That Fifth District race is really driving up the totals......
Gambling interests have given at least $387K since July 1. The biggest giver is Alton Gaming, operator of the Alton Belle Casino, at $140K. Richard Duchossois and his relatives and associated businesses, including Arlington Park, have given $77,615, while Harrah's shows $62,700. The Racing Association of Illinois, operator of Balmoral Racing Club, shows $34K. Established casinos dominate the giving, but Rosemont Mayor Donald E Stephens' committee has given $13,500 to Springfield-related committees (as opposed to the $10K he gave to Cook County committees).
Power utilities have given $320K, led by Commonwealth Edison at $83K and Illinois Power at $66K. And telecom interests have been giving, at least $300K, led by SBC with $175K.
With a week to go, three races in each chamber have crossed the million-dollar mark, and one race is knocking on $2 million. The 59th Senate District has drawn the most money, with the two candidates combining to show $1.9 million available for the general election. Following behind them are Sullivan/Ernst (47th) at $1.4 million and Welch/Dahl (38th) at $1.1 million.
In the House, the most expensive race is Slone/Schock, (92nd ) showing $1.1 million, while Grunloh/Reis (108th) and Gordon/Hayse (75th) both show $1.0 million. We're not counting Capparelli/McAuliffe (20th) because, while they show $1.5 million available, we don't expect even half of that to be spent by the end of the year.
Some races that were expected to be white hot haven't been. Sen. Susan Garrett (D-29) and former Sen. Kathy Parker spent $2.5 million, but the selection of Alan Keyes seems to have given Garrett a pass; she and her opponent have combined to report $509,421 for the general. The Bromberg/Coulson (17th) race may be bitter in the trenches, but so far it's been easy on the wallet for the two caucuses; they've reported $705,678. And Rep. Jack Franks (D-63), the Democrat in Òthe most Republican district in Illinois, has shown only $399,163 in his re-election, and that includes his opponent's fundraising.
Of course, there's one weekend to go, and we haven't seen much Chicago TV yet. We'll have more detailed reports on fundraising in these hot races in the next day or so.
While the Supremes take a breather, let's recap some recent fund transfers:
- Would-be Senator Patrick Ouimet (D-32) shows $46K from ISDF.
- Sitting Senator Pat Welch (D-38) shows $10K from the IFT. His opponent, Gary Dahl (R-38) shows $22K from the RSSCC. Senate Aspirant Ron Summers (R-59) shows $26K from the IRP.
- Rep. Beth Coulson (R-17) shows $5.7K from HRO. This race hasn't been nearly as hot as was predicted, financially anyway.
- Candidate Paul Tully shows another $17K from IRP. Nearly all of his money in the last month has been from the Party
- Rep. Bob Churchill (R-62) shows $5K from former House Republican Leader Lee Daniels (R-46), $8.7K from current House Republican Leader Tom Cross, and $1.5K from HRO
- House candidate Steven Haring (R-71) got $30K from HRO, though he's still lagging far behind incumbent Mike Boland (D-71)
- House hopeful Kay Pangle (R-79) shows $34K from HRO (and $5K from ISMS)
Rep. Ricca Slone (D-92) shows $5.6K from DPI; her opponent Aaron Shock (R-92) got $36K from HRO, plus $10K from Tom Cross. This race has been far hotter than expected.
- And Third District Appellate Court candidate Jim Wright (R-3rd) shows $25K from the Manufacturers, who really should get with the program and start using an immediately identifiable acronym.
For the Democrats, Supreme Court candidate Gordon Maag (D-5th) reports $92K from DPI for the biggest Dem gainer of the last two days. (Karmeier's camp shows no new receipts in two days; maybe they're sleeping the last one off?) Sen. Susan Garret (D-29) got $10K from the Illinois Federation of Teachers. Rep. Kathy Ryg (D-59) got $9K from DPI. Candidate Michael Noland (D-43) shows $500 from Rep. Lou Lang (D-16) (note: that's $500.00, not $500K). And yet again, I have to wonder what Scot England (R-101) is doing with his shoestring campaign; though he's showing only $23K for the general election, Rep. Bob Flider (D-101) got another $15K from DPI, bringing his total for the race to about $560K.
New PACS: Justice for All PAC was formed last week by some Metro East residents. It took in $500K this weekend, mostly from plaintiff's firms, but $105K came from the Justice for All Foundation. Presumably, we can look for one of the Supreme Court candidates to be reporting an in-kind soon. Citizen Action/Illinois has formed a PAC, or maybe a Party. And Albert F. Hofeld III has formed a PAC to "To support the candidacy of Al Hofeld for State Senate, 13th District", assuming, I guess, that Sen. Barack Obama (D-13) vacates that seat sometime soon.
Until the Laborers gave her $1K yesterday, Mary K. O'Brien (D-3rd Appellate)'s itemized receipts since July 1 totaled $171,717.17, which is one of the coolest numbers I've found in nature since my grandmother-in-law's birthday (January 9, 1919, or 1-9-1919).
Lo and behold, the League now shows another $100K from the American Tort Reform Association, received earlier today. (cue the churchlady...)
Bipartisanship: Secretary of State Jesse White (D) must have had a $1K a ticket event a few nights ago. And Rep. Skip Saviano (R-77) bought five tickets. Saviano, as he has been for much of the last decade, is unopposed this year.
Quack: American Family Insurance gave $15K to Judge Karmeier, who also shows $8K from the Illinois Jobs group and $4K from the hospitals.
Shell Game: Supporters of both candidates for the Supreme Court are playing shell games with their campaign contributions. Trial lawyers give to Speaker Madigan, who in turn gives to DPI, who in turn gives to Maag. Business interests are giving to a variety of PACs, including the Illinois Jobs Coalition and Balance PAC, who gives it to the Illinois Civil Justice League, who gives it to Karmeier. But at least it's all new money. The Republicans recently reported a bunch of transfers that all seem to be moving existing money between existing PACs. To wit: Republican House members gave to the Illinois House Victory Fund, which then gave it all to the House Republican Organization. Republican Leader Frank Watson gave $136K to the Republican State Senate Campaign Committee, who then gave $50K to the Illinois Republican Party. Which got me to wondering: who's got money left? I answered that with a chart that we've posted here.
Rep. John "Wallflower" Bradley (D-117) shows $103K, but his Republican opponent, Leslie Donelson (R-117), is still less than a tenth of that. The district is in the Forby/Summers contest, though, if anybody wants to gin up the House race to boost turnout for the Senate, it may show up here. We'll see.
Move Illinois Forward, which is commonly known to be affiliated with the governor is sitting on about $105K. So far, they've given $30K to Senate President Emil Jones and $2.5K to Rep. Lisa Dugan, but that still leaves a fair chunk. The Senate Dems were the governor's closest allies in the budget fight, and $30K is MILF's biggest check to date. Where the rest of it will land remains anyone's guess.
The IEA has really started giving. IPACE, affiliated with the Illinois Education Association and the largest PAC in Illinois, has given about $566K since July 1, 30% of it in the last week: $40K each to Rep. Bill Grunloh (D-108) and Sen. Gary Forby (D-59) , $25K to Sen. John Sullivan (D-47), $15K to Rep. Gary Hannig (D-98, who's unopposed; no telling what he needs $15K for this time of year). They had $1.5 million on June 30 and have reported another $420K raised since then, but they also tend to book funds for the statewide elections, so I doubt they'll run through it all.
House Republican Leader Tom Cross looks like he crashed the Sunday Dinner at Dick Duchossois' house. His latest A-1 shows $7.5K from Chamberlain Industries, which is owned by the family, and five $5K checks from individual family members.
Third Parties: R. Scott Bludorn (L-53), the Libertarian who is running against Rep. Sidney Mathias (R-53), shows $14K, which is almost impressive for a third party candidate. Even Green candidate Julie Samuels (G-8), who was endorsed by both the Trib and the Sun-Times, hasn't activated her committee this time around.
Bipartisanship in Cicero: The only PAC linked to Democratic House Candidate Michelle Chavez (D-24) is the Cicero Good Government Committee, which is supporting both her and her opponent, incumbent Republican Frank Aguilar (R-24). Aguilar has his own PAC, but Chavez apparently relies on the Cicero Good Government group for all of her financial support. The PAC reports six-figure fundraising, but doesn't suggest what percentage of that went to which candidate (or to the third candidate they support, Cicero Town President Ramiro Gonzalez, but then he's not on the ballot this fall).
What really floored me, though was the $3.5 million the Democratic Party of Illinois brought in. Even accounting for Speaker Madigan's $500K transfer to DPI, those two PACs have over $6 million to play with this year. And Senate President Emil Jones has another $5 million. That's $11m between the two Democratic caucuses, compared with $8.3 for the Republicans (the two chambers plus the party). No wonder so many Dem candidates seem so well fed this year. (I’m not counting the Governor’s $10m in that total because he never gives from his PAC to candidates, but there’s also $105K in Move Illinois Forward; no telling where that’s going).
The Illinois Republican Party brought in just over $1m in the pre-election, including $750K from the U.S. Chamber. All told, I find $1 million in U.S. Chamber money; they apparently have an office in Oak Brook these days.
Relatedly, Maag and Karmeier are at $4.75 million between them, $5.1 million since they declared for office. Most of that is in-kind. There seems to be some odd PACs in that race. The Illinois Coalition for Jobs, Growth and Prosperity is apparently an entity based in Oak Brook. They formed a PAC, called the Illinois Coalition for Jobs, Growth and Prosperity PAC (original folks work there), and gave the PAC $275K. The PAC then turned around and gave $150K to the Illinois Civil Justice League. The League, more original than the Jobs people, calls their PAC “JUSTPAC”, and has given most of their funds to Karmeier and Jim Wright, Republican for appellate court in the Third District (where Thomas Kilbride sneaked past Carl Hawkinson in 2000, setting off some of the hostility in the current 5th District race). Where the remaining $125K is going remains anyone’s guess.
Republicans have been giving, too. Senate candidate Ron Summers (R-59) got $64K from the Senate Republicans. Rep. Michael McAuliffe (R-20) got $37K from House Republican Leader Tom Cross. Candidate Paul Tully (R-59) now shows another $25K from the Illinois Republican Party (IRP); his A-1 money ($29K) is all from IRP. House hopeful Doug Hayse (R-75) got $70K from HRO and another $10K from Tom Cross.
Supreme Court candidate Lloyd Karmeier (R-5th) shows receipts from Balance PAC (about all that they've reported raising) and $17K from SMASH, which has raised $15K from each of ISMIE, the hospitals, and the manufacturers and is probably sitting on another $30K. ÊA recent news story by Caleb Hale in the Southern noted that Illinois, unlike four other states, does not have a referendum on tort reform, and I assume the point of SMASH is to make the Karmeier/Maag race into exactly that referendum.
Treasurer and Illinois Republican Party Chair Judy Baar Topinka filed a PE, showing about $145K since July 1. PE.s also came in from Michael McAuliffe, House candidate Perry Moy, and Appellate Court candidate Jim Wright.
Speaking of the Speaker, Friends of Michael J. Madigan (D-22) got $30K from former AG candidate, former U.S. Senate candidate, current trial lawyer Al Hofeld. His opponent this fall, Darleen Conners (R-22) has yet to form a PAC.
Senate Republican Leader Frank Watson (R-51) got $10K each from Exelon, the national NRA, and the Manufacturers PAC. ÊThe National Rifle Association has not previously given more than $5,000 to any Illinois state candidate. Watson also shows $30K from Sen. Dave Sullivan (R-33), who shows $34K in A-1 money.
Senate Candidate Tom Ernst (R-47) got $60K from the Senate Republicans.
And in clear defiance of the Chicago Tribune, the beer distributors gave Mike Boland $1K.
The IEA gave $25K to John Sullivan, and $15K to Pat Welch. Those are the biggest checks they've given out since July 1; but what's really stunning is that they're probably raising money even faster than they're giving it away. In the Pre-election period, the report $417K in and $391K out. And their receipts are all non-itemized.
ISMIE, the states largest medical malpractice insurer, has been giving. For years they've been the medical society's biggest donor, and used to give almost exclusively through the ISMS PAC, but now the insurer is broadening their reach, giving $15K directly to Southern Illinois Medical Alliance for the Survival of Health care (SMASH, a new PAC), and $50K to the Senate Republicans.
A few candidates in contested races have filed pre-election forms, including Elaine Nekritz, Robert Churchill, Aaron Schock, and Mary K O’Brien.
The Prairie Political Action Committee, a federal PAC associated with Sen. Durbin’s staff, has given $92.5K to the Illinois Democratic County Chairmans Association. And they aren’t even on the ballot this year.
John Sullivan got $133K from the Senate Dems.
Gary Forby got $129K from the Senate Dems.
Perry Moy got $30K from Renew Illinois, a new PAC affiliated with Jack Roeser that previously reported a balance of just $5K. They must have raised some significant money during the Pre-Election reporting period.
With three weeks to go, several legislative contests have passed the quarter-million mark. Big chunks of that money comes from the legislative caucuses.
- The House Democrats show $293,000 raised in October, the biggest block coming from lawyers ($130,000), thought labor unions ($27,000) nursing homes ($21,200), medical interests ($15,000) are giving as well. $54,000 came in transfers from other Democratic politicians. House Democrats were showing $2.3 million on hand as of June 30.
- The Senate Democrats show $268,300 in October, including $123,700 from lawyers, $35,000 from labor (all of it from the IFT), and $15,000 from liquor interests. Senate Democrats were showing $2.9 million on hand as of June 30.
- The Senate Republicans show $169,200 in October, including $54,500 from lawyers, $27,000 from medical interests (mostly the State Medical Society), and $16,000 from manufacturers and the Chamber. The Senate Republicans also show $20,000 from Illinois Delegation NY 2004, presumably left over funds from the national Republican convention. Senate Republicans were showing $1.5 million on hand as of June 30.
- The House Republicans show just $31,650 in October, including $18,000 from Republican lawmakers, $5,000 from gambling interests, and $5,000 from assorted business interests. House Republicans were showing $1.3 million on hand as of June 30.
None of the caucuses have filed Pre-Election forms, which will reveal their fundraising from the start of July through early October.