Pritzker, Daiber Launch Ads Attacking Democrats

Records show Pritzker gave to Mike Madigan groups in 2016.

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Zach C. Cohen
Feb. 2, 2018, 11:23 a.m.

Venture capitalist J.B. Pritzker (D) “is airing a new 15-second TV ad whacking [state] Sen. Daniel Biss (D) on the pension issue. The spot was running in heavy rotation this morning on Chicago broadcast.” The ad links to, a Pritzker-paid site that attacks Biss’ record as a legislator. (Capitol Fax) “It was the first spot from the billionaire Pritzker’s campaign that took on a rival in his own party.” (Chicago Tribune)

Pritzker also released an ad attacking Biss’ support for charter schools. (Capitol Fax)

Madison County schools superintendent Bob Daiber (D) “is advertising on the radio in Chicago on WCPT starting Monday — his first paid mass media of the campaign. … Direct mail and Downstate radio are still to come. Yard signs and door-to-door literature are under way.” Daiber in the ad describes the “progressive Democrat” as an alternative to voting “for a billionaire.” (Capitol Fax)

OPPO. “[T]he first political donations Pritzker made after the November 2016 election cycle were to [state House Speaker Mike] Madigan (D) and the party he controls. Pritzker donates exclusively to Democrats, and almost always uses his own name to make the contributions. However, in this particular case, Pritzker funneled two maximum corporate contributions each for $10,800 to Madigan’s political campaign and the Democratic Party of Illinois through an obscure company called TNDP, LLC. Another one of Pritzker’s firms, Stateline LLC, donated $5,400 to Madigan’s Democratic Majority fund at the same time.” (WCIA)

State Rep. Jeanne Ives (R) “abruptly canceled a Thursday night fundraising speech by an internet commentator [Bill Whittle] who has said he believes African-Americans are intellectually inferior to whites and that correlates to higher poverty and crime among blacks.” (Chicago Tribune)


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