Over the weekend Governor Rauner’s campaign committee filed an amended quarterly report for the quarter ending 6/30/2015. The most notable change in this amended report is a reduction in the transfers out from $400,000 to $322,000, a reduction of $78,000.
You may remember that in May of the first year of his administration Governor Rauner made a contribution to every Republican member of the General Assembly, both Senate and House, totaling $400,000. Here’s how it was described by the AP:
Gov. Bruce Rauner has started doling out money from his campaign fund to fellow Republicans as the Illinois Legislature approaches what could be difficult votes on several big issues.
Rauner divided $400,000 among every Republican member of the Illinois House and Senate, spokeswoman Catherine Kelly said Saturday.
The contributions, made Monday, come with just weeks to go before the May 31 end to the spring legislative session, and with Rauner looking to his GOP allies to support his pro-business agenda in the Democrat-controlled General Assembly.
The timing and political ramifications made some of these Republican beneficiaries uncomfortable,
some did not cash these checks while others held them and did not cash them right away.
“I don’t want to make it look like someone is influencing me from the administration. So, it’s setting in a drawer and we’re going to hold it,” said state Rep. David Reis, a Willow Hill Republican, speaking of the checks worth $3,000 to $10,000 that Rauner sent to each Republican member of the House and Senate.
“I thought the timing was unusual. So while we are debating issues, I thought it inappropriate to accept it,” added state Rep. Keith Sommer, R-Morton.
Rep. Dan Brady, R-Bloomington, also said the contributions felt odd.
“While we appreciate the donation, I haven’t made a final decision of where, if and when, that I’ll do with the check,” said Brady, adding he may even give away the money Rauner gave to him.
It appears the Governor’s campaign filed this amendment over the weekend to remove the contributions that were never cashed. Here are the contributions that were listed previously that are no longer listed in the latest amendment, these were likely never cashed or otherwise considered contributed under the law:
|Citizens for C.D. Davidsmeyer||5/5/2015||$8,000|
|Citizens for Hammond||5/5/2015||$8,000|
|Committee to Elect Michael W. Tyron||5/5/2015||$8,000|
|Friends for Avery Bourne||5/5/2015||$8,000|
|Friends for Randy Frese||5/5/2015||$8,000|
|Citizens for Karen McConnaughay||5/5/2015||$4,000|
|Citizens for Kyle McCarter||5/5/2015||$4,000|
|Citizens for Michael P. McAuliffe||5/5/2015||$4,000|
|Citizens for Reggie Phillips||5/5/2015||$4,000|
|Citizens for Unes||5/5/2015||$4,000|
|Committee to Elect Sheri Jesiel||5/5/2015||$4,000|
|Committee to Elect Terri Bryant||5/5/2015||$4,000|
|David McSweney for State Representative||5/5/2015||$4,000|
|Friends for John Cavaletto||5/5/2015||$3,000|
|Friends for Poe||5/5/2015||$3,000|
And here is the list of contributions that remain, these likely were cashed.
|Citizens for Christine Radogno||5/5/2015||$10,000|
|Citizens for Durkin||5/5/2015||$10,000|
|Brady for Senate||5/5/2015||$8,000|
|Citizens for Bill Mitchell||5/5/2015||$8,000|
|Citizens for Chad Hays||5/5/2015||$8,000|
|Citizens for Chris Nybo||5/5/2015||$8,000|
|Citizens for Dale A. Righter||5/5/2015||$8,000|
|Citizens for Joe Sosnowski||5/5/2015||$8,000|
|Citizens for Kay||5/5/2015||$8,000|
|Citizens for Leitch||5/5/2015||$8,000|
|Citizens for Matt Murphy||5/5/2015||$8,000|
|Citizens For Moffitt||5/5/2015||$8,000|
|Citizens for Pamela J Althoff||5/5/2015||$8,000|
|Citizens for Pritchard||5/5/2015||$8,000|
|Citizens for Steve Andersson||5/5/2015||$8,000|
|Citizens for Sullivan||5/5/2015||$8,000|
|Citizens to Elect Patricia R. Bellock||5/5/2015||$8,000|
|Citizens to Elect Ron Sandack||5/5/2015||$8,000|
|Committee to Elect Dan Duffy||5/5/2015||$8,000|
|Committee to Elect Keith Wheeler||5/5/2015||$8,000|
|Friends of Adam Brown||5/5/2015||$8,000|
|Friends of Chapin Rose||5/5/2015||$8,000|
|Friends of Dan Brady||5/5/2015||$8,000|
|Friends of Jason Barickman||5/5/2015||$8,000|
|Friends of Mark Batinick||5/5/2015||$8,000|
|Friends of Mike Fortner||5/5/2015||$8,000|
|Friends of Tim Butler||5/5/2015||$8,000|
|Friends of Tom Bennett||5/5/2015||$8,000|
|Anderson for Illinois||5/5/2015||$4,000|
|Barbara Wheeler 64||5/5/2015||$4,000|
|Citizens for Bivins||5/5/2015||$4,000|
|Citizens for Brian W. Stewart||5/5/2015||$4,000|
|Citizens for Connelly||5/5/2015||$4,000|
|Citizens for John M. Cabello||5/5/2015||$4,000|
|Citizens for Luechtefeld||5/5/2015||$4,000|
|Citizens for Tom Morrison||5/5/2015||$4,000|
|Citizens to Elect Grant Wehrli||5/5/2015||$4,000|
|Committee to Elect David Harris||5/5/2015||$4,000|
|Friends of Jeanne Ives||5/5/2015||$4,000|
|Friends of Jim Oberweis||5/5/2015||$4,000|
|Friends of John D. Anthony||5/5/2015||$4,000|
|Friends of Peter Breen||5/5/2015||$4,000|
|Friends of Sue Rezin||5/5/2015||$4,000|
|Keith Sommer Campaign Committee||5/5/2015||$4,000|
|Sam McCann for Senate||5/5/2015||$4,000|
|Syverson for Senate||5/5/2015||$4,000|
|Vote for Margo McDermed for Illnois House||5/5/2015||$4,000|
|Winger for Representative||5/5/2015||$4,000|
|Citizens for Charlie Meier||5/5/2015||$3,000|
|Citizens for David Reis||5/5/2015||$3,000|