Buying the election, that's what. You'd think that Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s south suburban and Kankakee district has become a New York City borough from the way that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is spreading around campaign contributions there.
Reports Huff Post Politics:
WASHINGTON -- Through his super PAC, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has spent twice as much in the special election for Illinois' 2nd Congressional District as all of the top candidates combined, according to pre-election reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.
Independence USA PAC, which is funded solely by the billionaire Bloomberg, reported spending $1.3 million through Feb. 13. Over the same period of time, the five candidates who filed pre-primary election reports in the race for the Democratic nomination to replace former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. reported spending a total of just $561,465 and raising a total of $825,286.
The entirety of Independence USA's spending through Feb. 13 targeted former Democratic Rep. Debbie Halvorson.
In addition to all that dough, the PAC also has endorsed Halvorson's opponent,
Bloomberg's anti-Halvorson ad is ugly:
One can only hope that the next time liberals rant about big money from billionaires, corporations and special interests infecting elections they explain why Bloomberg's involvement in this Chicago election is justified. Or does the end (stricter gun control) justify the means?
Postscript: Bloomberg's big money hasn't seem to bother Markos Moulitsas of the Daily Kos who endorsed Robin Kelly for Congress Halverson's opponent who benefits from Bloomberg's largesse.