The buyers? Top contributors and advisers to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Isn’t that just what the doctor ordered in
This summer, Emanuel earned a not-so-special place in the hearts of pro-family voters after he tried to block the Chick-Fil-A restaurant chain’s city expansion after CEO Dan Cathy made statements in support of traditional marriage.
In his report, Tribune reporter Rick Pearson describes how cheap Illinois Republican Party assets are being snapped up by “Republican” hedge fund managers.
But who are these “Republican” hedge fund managers really?
One of them is Anne Dias-Griffin, a former executive of George Soros Fund Management. The socialist billionaire Soros isn’t exactly known for his conservative philanthropy.
Her husband, Ken Griffin bundled more than $221,000 for Barack Obama after a visit to
During the 2012 primary, the Griffins began funneling tens of thousands of dollars to downstate organizations in
Chump change for wielding influence and power.
Despite their Soros ties, the Griffins have also been seeding so-called “right-leaning” political action committees with connections to the Illinois Policy Institute, a 501c3 group which describes itself as a“nonpartisan research organization.” Among them are Empowering Children PAC and Liberty PAC, run by a GOP contender for the 2010 gubernatorial race and radio-host, Dan Proft.
The Illinois Policy Institute has been under fire for its close ties to these PACs and to the Illinois Opportunity Project, which operates within the Institute’s headquarters. John Tillman, CEO of the Institute, served as chairman or treasurer of these PACs before relinquishing his position in them. The Illinois Opportunity Project, a 501c4 group, gives thousands of dollars to these same political action committees.
Proft has deeply troubling ties to controversial
Dominick has become the new poster child for
Craig and Jeff Pesek were caught on FBI surveillance tape in 2007 discussing a mob-ordered bombing of a
Don’t feel too bad for Pesek though. He voted himself free health care for life as a member of the
Conservative values much?
Another Republican money manager who is suddenly snapping up
Rauner’s firm’s purchase of SecurityLink from SBC Ameritech was one of the first big deals Rahm Emanuel put together after his sudden conversion to investment banker in the 1990s. Emanuel had no previous investment experience. Rauner was placed by Emanuel on the board of World Business Chicago and currently serves as his advisor.
So what explains this flow of Democrat-linked money managers dabbling in Republican politics?
The answer is one that has plagued
Former U.S. Senator Peter Fitzgerald (R-IL) has described the Combine as that “
In the 1990s, Fitzgerald fought the Combine and the Combine drove him out of
But now this new wave of influence peddlers is a bigger threat than ever before.
Or is it still OK to have your Republican and eat your corrupt Democrat cake too?
Republican voters will have a choice in November and beyond: What kind of Republican Party do you want?
The future of the Republican Party in
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