WBEZ | campaign finance http://www.wbez.org/tags/campaign-finance Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Bill Daley: No campaign contributions during legislative session http://www.wbez.org/news/bill-daley-no-campaign-contributions-during-legislative-session-107916 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/billdaley232323.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>A candidate for Illinois governor said Monday that politicians should be limited as to when they can raise campaign cash.</p><p>Former White House Chief-of-Staff Bill Daley said state politicians should not raise money on any day the legislature is in session.</p><p>&ldquo;Everybody&rsquo;s in there trying to affect legislation, affect the game, during the legislative session,&rdquo; Daley said at a Monday news conference. &ldquo;Whether it&rsquo;s unions - and it&rsquo;s all legal. But it&rsquo;s part of the game.&rdquo;</p><p>The Chicago Democrat said current law bans office holders from raising money in Springfield on session days, but they can still raise money in other places around the state.</p><p>&ldquo;So if the legislature&rsquo;s in session on a Tuesday, on Monday everybody can raise money in Sangamon County, but they can&rsquo;t raise it on Tuesday. This is a joke. This is ridiculous,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>Daley also suggested lawmakers didn&rsquo;t pass pension reform, in part, because they got campaign contributions from interest groups with a stake in the results. He stopped short of saying it&rsquo;s the only reason pension reform didn&rsquo;t pass.</p><p>But there are critics to Daley&rsquo;s proposal.</p><p>&ldquo;I think the spirit of the idea is right. I think maybe the execution doesn&rsquo;t quite make sense,&rdquo; said Will Guzzardi, who ran for state representative on Chicago&rsquo;s Northwest Side last year but lost to incumbent Rep. Toni Berrios in the Democratic primary.</p><p>Guzzardi said the fundraising restrictions would hurt challengers for races further down the ballot, who can&rsquo;t raise as much money as incumbents.</p><p>&ldquo;It doesn&rsquo;t seem like it&rsquo;s really going to address the heart of the problem, just to have to turn off the lights on the fundraising thing for certain days of the week,&rdquo; Guzzardi said.</p><p>Instead, Guzzardi said he&rsquo;d like to see campaign limits the major parties can give to candidates.</p><p>Republican Jonathan Greenberg agreed with Guzzardi. Greenberg lost to incumbent Democratic State Rep. Elaine Nekritz in November&rsquo;s general election.</p><p>&ldquo;You&rsquo;re making it so that they have three months out of the year or more, four months out of the year, where [challengers] can&rsquo;t raise any money,&rdquo; Greenberg said. &ldquo;Which puts them at a dramatic competitive disadvantage to incumbents.&rdquo;</p><p>Greenberg said it would be easy for a legislator to agree to accept a contribution later in the week after a conversation with a potential donor, and there&rsquo;s no way to police all the conversations lawmakers have with interest groups or potential donors.</p><p><em>Tony Arnold covers Illinois politics for WBEZ. Follow him <a href="https://twitter.com/tonyjarnold">@tonyjarnold</a>.</em></p></p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 16:45:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/bill-daley-no-campaign-contributions-during-legislative-session-107916 Foster glides past Biggert after race that looked tight http://www.wbez.org/news/foster-glides-past-biggert-after-race-looked-tight-103708 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/foster_smal_1.jpg" alt="" /><p><div><p>Defying opinion polls that depicted a neck-and-neck contest, Democrat Bill Foster easily defeated Republican U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert in the 11th Congressional District on Tuesday. With nearly all precincts reporting, Foster had almost 58 percent of the vote; Biggert had 42 percent.</p><p>In his victory speech, Foster expressed misgivings about the race&rsquo;s negative television advertising, a months-long barrage funded by campaign contributions and outside spending totaling roughly $14 million. &ldquo;I sense that both Congresswoman Biggert and myself were forced into an increasingly ugly world of politics today &mdash; a world that we were both deeply uncomfortable with,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>Biggert, a seven-term House member, appeared to blame her loss on congressional redistricting controlled by Illinois Democrats. &ldquo;This race wasn&rsquo;t supposed to happen,&rdquo; she told supporters in her concession speech. &ldquo;They thought that I would shy away from a tough race in a district tailor-made for my opponent, and they were wrong.&rdquo;</p><p>Other factors contributing to Biggert&rsquo;s defeat included strong Democratic get-out-the-vote efforts and growing Latino numbers in Chicago&rsquo;s suburbs. In the 11th District &mdash; which includes parts of Aurora, Naperville, Bolingbrook and Joliet &mdash; Hispanics constitute 22 percent of the population. Foster rallied them by pointing to Biggert&rsquo;s&nbsp;vote against the DREAM Act, a stalled bill that would have provided many young undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship.</p><p>Despite a bitter tone through much of the race, the candidates claimed to be moderate and eager to work across party lines. And they did not stand far apart on some hot-button issues. Both, for example, warmed up to legal recognition of same-sex marriage and avoided weighing in on whether Joliet should pursue a privately run detention center that would hold immigrants awaiting deportation.</p><p>On other issues, particularly economic matters, the candidates showed greater differences. Foster blasted Biggert&rsquo;s vote for a budget plan that would slash spending and overhaul Medicare, providing government subsidies to individuals who chose to buy private insurance.</p><p>On Social Security, Biggert backed enabling individuals to invest a portion of their contributions in the stock market &mdash; a proposal Foster called too risky. On health policy, Foster touted his vote for President Barack Obama&rsquo;s Affordable Care Act, a law Biggert characterized as a jobs killer and sought to repeal. On taxes, Biggert supported extending all of President George W. Bush&rsquo;s cuts, while Foster called for allowing them to expire for incomes above $250,000.</p><div><p>The election marks a comeback for Foster, 55, who served almost three years in a nearby House district. Republican Randy Hultren unseated Foster in a 2010 election that swept the GOP into control of the House.</p><p>As the Republicans retain their majority, Foster is vowing to work with them by focusing on, as he puts it, &ldquo;numbers instead of political positions.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;We have to make sure that government investments are as cost-effective and highest-return as possible,&rdquo; he told WBEZ late Tuesday. &ldquo;And that&rsquo;s something that Democrats and Republicans agree on.&rdquo;</p><p>Foster said bipartisan points of unity could include cutting &ldquo;military systems the Pentagon doesn&rsquo;t want&rdquo; and encouraging a rebirth of domestic manufacturing. &ldquo;One of the best things about the ongoing recovery is that U.S. manufacturing is leading that,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>Foster also had a prediction about the election results. He said they would end acrimonious debates about Obamacare and financial reregulation.</p></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/foster-glides-past-biggert-after-race-looked-tight-103708 Biggert, Foster turn to big names to drum up votes in tight House race http://www.wbez.org/news/biggert-foster-turn-big-names-drum-votes-tight-house-race-103671 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Judy Biggert AP cropped.jpg" alt="" /><p><div>After a firestorm of negative television advertising in their tight Illinois congressional race, Republican U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert and Democrat Bill Foster are trying to get their supporters to the polls using a few bells and whistles.<br><br>Foster, a former one-term U.S. House member, started robocalls Monday to potential voters in the suburban Chicago district using the voice of former President Bill Clinton, who said the candidate&rsquo;s experience in science and business provided &ldquo;the kind of common-sense experience and leadership we need in Washington.&rdquo;<br><br>Biggert, a seven-term House member, came up with an attention grabber of her own. In a YouTube video, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk praised her as &ldquo;one of the ultimate suburban moms who should be representing us in the Congress next year.&rdquo; Kirk, the state&rsquo;s top Republican, has kept a low profile since suffering a stroke in January.<p>&nbsp;</p>The uplifting words from Clinton and Kirk stood out after months of mind-numbing accusations and counteraccusations in the TV ads. The money behind those ads flowed in as polls suggested the 11th District contest was one of the closest House races in the country. By October 17, according to their latest federal filings, the Biggert and Foster campaigns had raked in more than $2.5 million each.<p>&nbsp;</p>And that&rsquo;s just the beginning. The race attracted more than $8 million in outside money, according to the Federal Election Commission. Figures from the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics last month showed Biggert&rsquo;s campaign with an edge in that spending.<p>&nbsp;</p>On Friday, Foster resorted to lending his campaign $500,000. The money paid for his final TV ad, according to Foster campaign aide Aviva Bowen. &ldquo;We have to keep pace with the millions that [Biggert], her allies and the rightwing super-PACs have put up in false claims on TV,&rdquo; Bowen said.<p>&nbsp;</p>Biggert&rsquo;s team saw the loan differently. &ldquo;Congressman Foster is clearly desperate and terrified that Illinois voters are about to reject him and his dishonest smear campaigns once again,&rdquo; Biggert spokesman Gill Stevens wrote.<p>&nbsp;</p>On Monday, the candidates made a flurry of stops across the barbell-shaped district, which includes parts of Aurora, Naperville, Bolingbrook, Joliet and other suburbs west and southwest of Chicago. Foster&rsquo;s campaign said U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Maryland) was joining him on afternoon visits to sites set up for campaign volunteers. A Biggert aide said the Republican would attend a Joliet dinner hosted by the local chamber of commerce.<p>&nbsp;</p>Amid the combative TV ads, both candidates claimed to be moderate and eager to work across party lines. And they did not stand far apart on some hot-button issues. Both, for example, warmed up to legal recognition of same-sex marriage and avoided weighing in on whether Joliet should pursue a privately run detention center that would hold immigrants awaiting deportation.<p>&nbsp;</p>On other issues, particularly economic matters, the candidates showed greater differences. Foster blasted Biggert&rsquo;s vote for a budget plan that would slash spending and overhaul Medicare, providing government subsidies to individuals who choose to buy private insurance.<p>&nbsp;</p>On Social Security, Biggert backed enabling individuals to invest a portion of their contributions in the stock market &mdash; a proposal Foster called too risky. On health policy, Foster touted his vote for President Barack Obama&rsquo;s Affordable Care Act, a law Biggert characterized as a jobs killer and sought to repeal. On taxes, Biggert supported extending all of President George W. Bush&rsquo;s cuts, while Foster called for allowing them to expire for incomes above $250,000.<p></p>Both Biggert and Foster said they were trying to protect the middle class but neither seemed to have a personal stake in reversing the economic squeeze of recent decades.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>Biggert, 75, lives in Hinsdale and grew up in Wilmette, a suburb north of Chicago. Her father was a Walgreen Co. executive who headed the drugstore chain in the 1960s. She received a Northwestern University law degree and clerked for a federal judge. In politics, she began on a Hinsdale school board and made it to the U.S. House.<p>&nbsp;</p>Foster, 55, and his brother launched a theater lighting business that made them rich. Foster, a Harvard-educated physicist, also spent more than 20 years at the U.S. Department of Energy&rsquo;s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory near Batavia, a suburb west of Chicago.<p>&nbsp;</p><div>Foster won a 2008 special election to replace retiring Republican U.S. Rep. Dennis Hastert, a former longtime House speaker. The Democrat served just one full term before Randy Hultgren, a Republican state senator, unseated him in 2010. Foster moved to a Naperville section included in the 11th, a new congressional district with borders drawn by state Democrats after the 2010 census.</div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 05 Nov 2012 15:46:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/biggert-foster-turn-big-names-drum-votes-tight-house-race-103671 Congressional candidates share fundraising totals http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-01/congressional-candidates-share-fundraising-totals-96014 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-February/2012-02-01/092110_jackson.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Illinois candidates for the U.S. House released their most recent campaign money totals, which were due on Tuesday. WBEZ’s Sam Hudzik took a look at the filings and joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to share a few highlights.</p></p> Wed, 01 Feb 2012 14:55:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-01/congressional-candidates-share-fundraising-totals-96014 Campaign finance reports keep candidates' cash flow in check http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-17/campaign-finance-reports-keep-candidates-cash-flow-check-93181 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-17/tammy duckworth AP file.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Candidates for the U.S. House had to file a lot of paperwork over the weekend--third quarter campaign finance reports were due. Recent redistricting&nbsp; could generate a lot of tough primary elections in Illinois this year. New political boundaries mean new political matchups--and while the money was flowing in, it is also flowing out. WBEZ’s political reporter <a href="http://www.wbez.org/staff/sam-hudzik" target="_blank">Sam Hudzik</a> checked the campaigns’ books and gave <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> his assessment.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Music Button: Eskmo, "Moving Glowstream" (Savile's K-House Mix) from We Got More/Moving Glowstream (Ninja Tune)</em></p></p> Mon, 17 Oct 2011 14:09:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-17/campaign-finance-reports-keep-candidates-cash-flow-check-93181 Politicians begging for money - and fast! http://www.wbez.org/story/politicians-begging-money-and-fast-92573 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-September/2011-09-28/shore.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Politicians are begging their supporters to donate campaign cash. That's because Friday is a key fundraising marker before the 2012 election.</p><p>Fundraising numbers can be a sign of a candidate's support, or lack of it, and many use the reporting deadlines to make urgent appeals.</p><p>Indiana U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, the state's treasurer, is trying to raise $50,000 this week - a Tea Party Money Bomb, he calls it in an email.</p><p>Raja Krishnamoorthi rails against "Tea Partiers" in his plea to supporters to "donate now" to his suburban Chicago congressional campaign.</p><p>Congressman Joe Walsh has a "private roundtable discussion" scheduled for Thursday night. A seat will cost you $100.</p><p>And in an email signed "Barack," President Obama's campaign promises he will personally call some donors.</p><p>Whatever cash the campaigns receive by midnight Friday must be publicly reported next month.</p></p> Wed, 28 Sep 2011 18:56:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/politicians-begging-money-and-fast-92573 Campaign finance reform makes for thinner wallets http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-18/campaign-finance-reform-makes-thinner-wallets-89307 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-July/2011-07-18/Money.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Candidates running for Congress or the presidency have long faced limits on campaign donation. Until recently, this was not the case for folks vying for state and local offices in Illinois. But on January 1, a new law took effect and the latest campaign finance reports showed that less money is flowing into the political system than before. WBEZ’s Sam Hudzik joined Alison Cuddy to explain.</p><p><em>Music Button: Melvin Sparks feat. Idris Muhammad, "Spark Plug" from the release Prestige Funky Beats (Prestige)</em></p></p> Mon, 18 Jul 2011 16:32:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-18/campaign-finance-reform-makes-thinner-wallets-89307 After Blagojevich verdict, Quinn vows push for ethics referenda http://www.wbez.org/story/after-blagojevich-verdict-quinn-vows-push-ethics-referenda-88419 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-June/2011-06-28/Quinn.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says Rod Blagojevich’s conviction on federal corruption charges Monday shows a need for more state government reform.</p><p>Quinn says Illinois has taken strides to lift ethics standards since Blagojevich’s 2008 arrest. Among other steps, lawmakers have passed the state’s first limits on campaign donations, and voters have approved a constitutional amendment enabling them to recall a governor.</p><p>But Quinn sees more to do. He says he wants the General Assembly to back extending the recall power to all elected offices, ban conflicts of interest that could compromise lawmakers, revisit the campaign-finance topic, and consider allowing open primaries, which would enable voters to cast ballots without disclosing their party affiliation.</p><p>Quinn says he’ll also push for a constitutional amendment that would allow ethics initiatives on state and local ballots.</p><p>“I think it would be a very healthy thing for Illinois democracy to root out any kind of corruption by giving voters the opportunity at the ballot box to pass strong, no-nonsense ethics laws that protect the taxpayers and protect the public,” Quinn said after a jury announced guilty verdicts on 17 counts against Blagojevich.</p><p>Quinn’s office says he has promoted the ethics-referenda concept since 1976. Last year the governor tried to push it into law through an amendatory veto.</p><p>At least one good-government advocate points to California’s experience with ballot initiatives and warns that Illinois voters could enact ethics laws full of loopholes and inconsistencies.</p></p> Tue, 28 Jun 2011 00:10:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/after-blagojevich-verdict-quinn-vows-push-ethics-referenda-88419 Examining Mayor Emanuel: The money maker http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-16/examining-mayor-emanuel-money-maker-86584 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-May/2011-05-16/Rahm shakes hands in the Berghoff - Bill Healy.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Mayor-elect Emanuel raised big funds for Mayor Daley, former President Bill Clinton and numerous Democratic Congressional runs in 2006. He’s also filled his own campaign war chests and personal bank accounts. After leaving the Clinton White House he had a brief but very successful run as an investment banker.<br> <br> <em>Crain’s Chicago Business</em> political blogger <a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/section/blogs?blogID=greg-hinz" target="_blank">Greg Hinz</a> has had his eye on the money trail, and he joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to talk about the new Mayor’s way with money.</p></p> Mon, 16 May 2011 13:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-16/examining-mayor-emanuel-money-maker-86584 Examining styles and strategies for the 2012 presidential election http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-13/examining-styles-and-strategies-2012-presidential-election-85128 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-April/2011-04-13/AP071009021131-obama.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>President Barack Obama is headed back to town. On Thursday he’ll kick off his re-election fundraising efforts in Chicago. Obama’s 2008 campaign shattered all records – he raised more money than any previous candidate for the office. But some pundits predict he’ll outdo himself in 2012. He won’t be alone. Republicans can expect to cash in as well – helped along by a recent Supreme Court ruling on campaign finance.<br> <br> For a preview of campaign styles and strategies – early and late – <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> turned to a couple of experts. <a href="http://www.carolfelsenthal.com/" target="_blank">Carol Felsenthal</a> has made a career of profiling politicians, and writes the <a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/Felsenthal-Files/" target="_blank">Felsenthal Files</a> for <em>Chicago </em>magazine. Scott McPherson is a Republican public affairs strategist and President of the <a href="http://www.mpaginc.com/" target="_blank">Midwest Public Affairs Group</a>.</p><p><em>Music Button: RJD2, "Let There Be Horns", from the CD The Colossus, (RJ's Electronical Connections)</em></p></p> Wed, 13 Apr 2011 15:04:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-13/examining-styles-and-strategies-2012-presidential-election-85128