Governor Amends Report, Deletes $78K in Contributions to Fellow Republicans

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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:

Committee Date Amount
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.

Committee Date Amount
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
Team Demmer 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


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