Thursday, May 19, 2005

Tristano Indicted

Michael Tristano, who served as Chief of Staff to the House Republican Caucus when Rep. Lee Daniels was the House Republican Leader, has been indicted on federal corruption charges. The indictments allege that Tristano required state employees to conduct political work on state time. Read the indictment here. Read the U.S. Attorney's press release here.


Thursday, May 12, 2005

McCain's Reform Institute Supports Illinois Proposals

For Immediate Release Contact: Crystal Benton
Thursday, May 12, 2005 703-535-6897

Reform Institute Applauds Plan to Apply
McCain-Feingold Reforms in Illinois

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Reform Institute, a nonpartisan government reform organization, today commented on Illinois Governor Blagojevich’s proposed comprehensive state-level plan to enact reforms similar to the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002, also known as McCain-Feingold:

“The proposal by Governor Blagojevich is a major step toward bringing transparency and accountability to Illinois politics by limiting the amount of unregulated money in state elections,” said Richard Davis, President of the Reform Institute. “This is sure to be a tough fight. It’s vital to the success of this legislation that the sponsors adhere to the bipartisan principles set forth by McCain-Feingold.”

Cecilia Martinez, Executive Director of the Reform Institute, commended the Governor’s efforts and called attention to legislation currently being considered by the U.S. House of Representatives: “If passed, the Pence-Wynn bill will undermine current campaign finance law by bringing us back to a system where federal officeholders could once again solicit huge sums of money for federal elections. We applaud state leaders who reject this unfair practice and are reforming state campaign finance systems to reflect what is right. Federal office holders must stand up to the big money and do the same.”


The Reform Institute is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization representing an independent, thoughtful voice for reform in the campaign finance and election administration debates.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

ICPR Supports Campaign Finance Proposal

The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform issued the following statement in response to Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s campaign finance and ethics proposals:

“We applaud Governor Blagojevich’s far-reaching reform proposals and believe enactment of this package will go a long way in restoring the public’s faith in the political process and fairness of government. Most of his proposals mirror recommendations we have made for a long time, and we urge legislators to act on these reforms.

“A lengthy and too colorful history of scandals has scarred the state’s reputation, and evidence of the power of big campaign contributors continues to mount.

“The cornerstone of the governor’s proposal is a ban on contributions by corporations and labor unions coupled with limits on how much individuals can contribute to campaigns. Without these reforms, big money contributors will continue to dominate the election process, and their interests will override the interests of everyday Illinoisans.”

“We hope that sponsors and advocates from both parties and all branches of
government committed to reforming Illinois will be willing to work together to implement comprehensive reforms.”

Monday, May 09, 2005

Stuart Levine Indicted

A wire story now appearing on several newspaper websites notes that Stuart P Levine was indicted today for activities relating to his tenure at the Health Facilities Planning Board. Levine has along history of political giving in Illinois. For a profile of Stuart Levine, click here.

To find out to whom he gave $732K between 2001 and 2004, click here.

Most of his giving was during 2001-2002; be sure to pick the cycle correctly.