Friday, February 25, 2005

ICPR Applauds Contractor Contribution Restrictions

ICPR applauds the efforts of a coalition of statewide and legislative officials to stamp out abuses inherent in political giving by state contractors. At a press conference today, organized by Comptroller Dan Hynes and also attended or supported by AG Lisa Madigan, Secretary of State Jesse White, and Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka (as these officials post statements to their websites, I'll update with links), ICPR issued the following statement:

The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform (ICPR) applauds Comptroller Hynes and the legislative sponsors of SB 39, Senator DelValle and Representative Fritchey, for taking steps to strengthen public trust in state government by establishing prohibitions on campaign contributions from state contractors. The public deserves to know that its money is being spent wisely and that state contracts are being awarded based on merit rather than political connections. Unfortunately, our state's unregulated campaign finance system too often gives the appearance that "pay to play" is the reality in Illinois. We hope that the Executive Order signed today by the Comptroller will encourage all elected officials to do more to limit the influence of campaign contributions from special interests. ICPR encourages the General Assembly to adopt SB 39 and expand the important provisions in the Comptroller's Executive Order to all state Constitutional Officers.

Absent from the event was a representative from Senate President Emil Jones' office, who could have explained why SB 39 is still bottled up in Rules. As the Senate President posts a statement to his website, I'll update that link, too.

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