What the...? Mike Madigan has raised $40 million?

In 11 races House Speaker Michael Madigan has run in and won, he has raised $40,075,680 in campaign contributions, according to FollowTheMoney.org.

On the face of it, this is an astonishing amount of money to be raised for Madigan, considering the fact that he has run those races in an absolutely safe district that he has mapped out for himself.

The fact is that this is money that Madigan has raised to distribute to Democratic legislative candidates. Anyone who defies Madigan gets nothing. Which explains his grip on the Legislature.

And where does it come from? More than $11 million from labor (see below), which explains why he does what organized labor, particularly government employee unions, want. Coming in a distant second at more than $4 million are lawyers and lobbyists.

Interesting. While Democrat lawmakers are Madigan’s subservient butt-kissers, the same can be said of Madigan’s position in regard to his union masters. For a man with Madigan’s ego, this must privately piss him off royally. If Madigan would only man-up, he could really help alleviate the state’s financial crisis, mainly caused by union demands.


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  • He's a piker. The Tribune reported March 27 that "Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner put $50 million of his own money into his re-election fund in December." And that's just one month!

  • In reply to jnorto:

    But hasn't Madigan netted plus in his own pocket? And what hasn't been said yet is how much went into the Dem. State House Committee and how much money swapping has occurred. It has been plenty.

  • As long as our state election laws allow what is, in effect, legalized bribery, this kind of story will be repeated over and over again. And this sell-out is bi-partisan in nature. Isn't that why a "liberal" like John Kass calls Illinois government "The Combine"?

  • In reply to HHH Is My Hero:

    Aside from the issue whether one can bribe oneself, Chris Kennedy already paid his campaign enough to waive the spending cap. Rauner didn't have to do that.

  • In reply to HHH Is My Hero:

    It is hard to see what Illinois election laws can do about this, in light of a series of Supreme Court 5 to 4 decisions most recently culminating in McCutchin v. FEC in 2014. Chief Roberts summarized the majority view as follows: "In assessing the First Amendment interests at stake, the proper focus is on an individual’s right to engage in political speech, not a collective conception of the public good."

  • The union rank and file must be fine with this; otherwise, they would put pressure on the union bosses to stop directing the money to the person who is one of the main reasons businesses and people are leaving the state, leaving fewer and fewer union labor opportunities for work.

    Hey, they and we get the government we deserve. When I drove through Madigan's district hardly a lawn didn't have his name on it. Some were union and others not, obviously, but they support what is driving them to the poor house. I guess that kind of smacks of the definition of insanity.

    Illinois is a failed state. It's only a matter of time.

    Thank you Madigan union voters and all the politicos who love the inside of his colon.

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