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.