Bruce Rauner started padding the bank accounts of pet Republican candidates and non-profit groups in the wind-up to his gubernatorial announcement as early as 2013. What did Rauner want in return?
Loyalty. Compliance. Obedience.
Rauner promised cash for Republican obedience
Everything was peachy for Rauner’s pets until he signed SB31 into law and made Illinois a sanctuary state for illegal immigrants in late August. In late September, he signed HB40 making taxpayer-funded abortion the law of the land in Illinois and made history as the first U.S. Governor to force taxpayers to fund abortion.
Rauner’s pets are stuck with a very rotten peach.
This Illinois GOP’s doggy show has been a complete disaster but the real question is will Rauner’s pet candidates survive the midterm elections or will they fall?
Who are the “Rauner candidates?”
Dan Proft, the chairman of Liberty Principles PAC, was paid $5 million or more directly from Rauner and Illinois Turnaround PAC. How many millions more did Dan Proft receive from Rauner through Illinois Opportunity Project and Illinois Policy Institute?
Rauner’s top donor, Ken Griffin paid Proft’s group $1.1 million. In May, Griffin donated $20 million to Rauner’s re-election effort and bankrolls Rahm Emanuel and Hillary Clinton.
Liberty Principles PAC and Illinois Opportunity Project-funded candidates take a hit
Conservative groups backed by Rauner are also taking a hit. Rauner donated millions to groups like Liberty Principles PAC and Illinois Opportunity Project. Will they give Rauner his millions back?
State Sen. Dan McConchie (R-26) was paid $493,567 by Liberty Principles PAC to make sure he won the 2016 GOP primary against his conservative Republican challengers. McConchie promised loyalty and obedience to Rauner and VOTED FOR SB31 to make Illinois a sanctuary state.
McConchie is a Hawthorn Woods resident and a freshman state senator. His district covers Algonquin, Barrington, Cary, Deer Park, Fox River Grove, Hawthorn Woods, Island Lake, Kildeer, Lake Zurich, Libertyville, Long Grove, Mundelein, and Wauconda.
You read it right: Dan McConchie voted with Bruce Rauner to make Illinois a sanctuary state.
Rep. Brad Halbrook (R-102) was paid $300,062.44 by Rauner-backed Liberty Principles PAC and won his seat in 2016 against his conservative Republican challengers.
Rep. Allen Skillicorn (R-66) was paid $456,962.80 by Rauner-backed Liberty Principles PAC and won his seat in 2016 against his conservative Republican challengers.
Rep. Brandi McGuire (R-72) was paid $238,882.22 by Rauner-backed Liberty Principles PAC and won her 2016 race against her conservative Republican challengers.
State Sen. Paul Schimpf (R-58) was paid $87,036.15 by Rauner-backed Liberty Principles PAC and won his race against his conservative Republican challengers.
Rep. Reggie Phillips (R-110) was paid $154,653.33 for 2014 & 2016 by Rauner-backed Liberty Principles PAC. Bruce and Diana Rauner donated $10,600 to Phillips in 2014 and Citizens for Rauner gave Phillips another $53,000 in Feb 2016. Phillips voted to override the veto of SB9 which makes Illinois 32% income tax increase permanent.
Rep. Sara Wojcicki Jimenez was appointed by Bruce Rauner to replace Rep. Raymond Poe. Before her appointment, Jimenez was Diana Rauner’s chief of staff earning $100,000 per year – despite the budget crisis. Since Rauner appointed her, she has received $334,463.76 from the Illinois Republican Party. She also voted for the permanent 32% tax increase.
Rep. Terri Bryant is another Republican heavily funded by Rauner and his donors through Liberty Principles PAC expenditures. Liberty Principles PAC spent a total of $141,850.70 either supporting Bryant or opposing her candidate in 2014 & 2016 elections. She also voted for the 32% tax increase.
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