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“Shake up Springfield?” No.
The Rauner record shows it’s…
or several months, Bruce Rauner has spent millions saturating the airwaves with ads. You’ve seen him with the snow globe saying he is going to “shake up Springfield.” You’ve seen him carrying a sledgehammer. You’ve seen him talk about reform, term limits, and taking on special interests.
… SHAKE DOWN Springfield
But do you really know Bruce Rauner? Slick ads based on “shaking up Springfield” and other vague slogans don’t tell you much about a person. Everyone is for “economic growth,” “lower spending” and “better schools.” Rauner says he has a secret plan for the economy and taxes, but he has to focus on winning the election first before he can let us know the specifics. He is asking us to buy a pig in a poke. Why doesn’t he share the details of his plans BEFORE the election? Knowing Rauner’s record helps interpret what those synthetic campaign slogans really mean. Bruce Rauner isn’t going to “shake up Springfield” — based on his record he is going to “Shake Down Springfield.” He’s an expert at doing just that. When you see him on television with that snow globe shaking Springfield, he is really demonstrating how he shook down the Illinois pension system by employing a shady dealer, Stu Levine at $25,000 per month, to get 50 million dollars in Illinois pension business. Former Governor Jim Edgar expressed concern about this on a WLS radio show on June 6, 2013. On January 14, 2011, The Philadelphia Enquirer newspaper cited another outrageous example of Rauner’s pay to play on steroids. The Chairman of the Democrat National Committee (DNC) Ed Rendell was running for Pennsylvania Governor. The fact is Bruce Rauner’s firm had pension business with the Pennsylvania Commonwealth. Despite that conflict of interest, Bruce Rauner gave Rendell a whopping $300,000 for Rendell’s race against the Republican nominee for Governor. Rendell won. Rauner’s pension business with Pennsylvania surged in Rendell’s first year in office. Rauner made a quick FOUR MILLION DOLLARS profit from that expanded business in Pennsylvania. Perhaps that is a mere coincidence, but if not, it is an extraordinary rate of return on investment. Questioned about the scandal, Rauner said he wanted to buy influence with Bruce Rauner was caught the chairman of the DNC because he “shaking up” not Springfield, was an education reformer. First, that but his own positions on the statement about “buying influence” makes Rauner’s campaign about ending minimum wage. special interest influence in Springfield a joke and hypocritical. Second, Rendell was against charter schools and school choice as Governor. So the contribution was—as Rauner stated—to buy influence. But was it influence for school reform, or for a vastly expanded pension business? You decide. Now when you hear Rauner talking about “shaking up Springfield” you will have a new appreciation for why many believe that really means “shaking down Springfield.” Worse yet, Rendell only beat the Republican by a small margin. The Governors before AND after Rendell were both Republicans. Bruce Rauner gave a major boost to the former chairman of the DNC allowing Democrats to take over the Pennsylvania Governorship. But that’s not surprising, here in Illinois Bruce Rauner voted Democrat in the 2006 primary, yet now seeks the Republican nomination for Governor.
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With no other political ads on the air, Rauner has been spending millions of dollars in shameless overkill. He’s been quoted that he will spend “whatever it takes to win,” which means he believes your vote is for sale. That cocky attitude is the opposite of his “everyman” act.
When you see more of the never ending Rauner TV and Internet ads, ask yourself—where is the money coming from to pay for them?
Follow the Money…
Bruce Rauner can afford to spend tens of millions of dollars after making millions upon millions managing state pension funds. See the article on DNC Chairman Ed Rendell. Rauner donated $300,000 to Rendell’s campaign for Governor of Pennsylvania against a Republican— helping hand the Democrats a big state governorship. When Rendell won, Rauner’s pension business in Pennsylvania doubled, resulting in millions of dollars in additional profits.
Here in Illinois, Rauner has made millions off the Illinois Teachers’ Retirement System and the Illinois State Board of Investment.
Furthermore, Rauner has raised millions of dollars from contributors who are strong Democrats and before they contributed to Bruce Rauner—had ONLY donated to Democrats and pro-abortion PACs.
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Avoid Buyer's Remorse — Learn About Bruce Rauner NOW.
Follow the Money
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a.k.a. Baron von Carhartt
Republican credentials and sustained commitment to the cause. from Rauner in return if he wins. On the other hand, an outside effort to educate voters by disseminating facts doesn’t begin to compare— Rauner seems to have a self-anointed entitlement to the Republican nomination for Governor. He there can be no quid pro quo. seems to believe he can spend millions of dollars In the primary, Bill Brady, Kirk Dillard and Dan “educating” Republican voters, but that no one Rutherford are raising their money from else has that same right. He might be able to be a Republicans, not giant chunks from IL Democrats dictator to people who work for him, but he’s not and limousine liberals all over the nation. going to get away with it in this primary. Bruce Rauner's massive campaign contributions to Rauner, who has donated over $870,000 to Democrats is appalling. Besides hundreds of Democrats around the country and voted in the thousands of dollars to Rahm Emanuel, Rich Daley 2006 Democrat primary, now whining about and Ed Rendell, Rauner has donated to Senator “unions” out to “hijack” the Republican Max Baucus of Montana—the “architect” of Obamacare. In 2008, Rauner donated $4,600 to primary is pretty rich. left-wing radical Congressman Ed Markey from Rauner is the one who has donated and received He’s given $40,000 directly to the hundreds of thousands of dollars to and from Massachusetts. DNC and $25,000 to the Democrat Campaign Democrats all over the country. Rauner is the Congressional Committee. As DCCC Chairman, one who is a very close friend of Chicago Rahm Emanuel chaired and orchestrated the Mayor Rahm Emanuel and made Emanuel a takeover of the House by Democrats in 2006 multi-millionaire, thereby enabling Emanuel to resulting in Nancy Pelosi becoming Speaker. get back into politics. Rauner is the one who Rauner has even donated to Dick Durbin! contributed $200,000 to Chicago Democrat machine boss Rich Daley’s campaigns for mayor. After all that, Rauner has the gall to protest the “hijacking” of the Republican nomination for Rauner is the one who voted Governor when it’s been him plotting the hijacking in the Democrat primary in all along. 2006. Rauner is the one who helped Dick Durbin. This effort is about stopping a So when Bruce Rauner is finally being exposed, those perceived “attacks” will be against the least Republican of the four candidates in this primary—Rauner. What does Rauner expect for his gigantic contributions to Democrats, and what do so many Democrats who have donated to his campaign expect from him? pretender from buying the Republican Party in Illinois by spreading the truth.
1988 Democratic Presidential Candidate Michael Dukakis
Bruce Rauner as “everyman”
Rauner is now hypocritically howling over the audacity of others coming together to oppose him by broadcasting the facts Bruce Rauner doesn’t want you to know. In America, the First Amendment right of freedom of speech and freedom of association covers everyone—not just billionaires. For the last six months Rauner has enjoyed being the bully who thought he owned the political arena and is now shocked that anyone has dared to stand up to him. You see that wasn’t in the PLAN he bought from his out of state political consultants. Rauner’s money was supposed to drown out all opposition in the primary. Rutherford, Brady and Dillard were all supposed to be politically dead by now.
Many of these Democrats donating to Rauner are also from OUT OF STATE. He has received contributions from non-Republicans in at least 36 states. Why? What causes them to care who gets elected as the Governor of Illinois?
One such Democrat contributor to Rauner is Glen Tullman's $255,300. Rauner is going to have to actually compete in Tullman is from Libertyville, IL and has a long list Are we really supposed to believe that hundreds the public arena by putting his cynically of political donations to ONLY liberal Democrats of liberal Democrats had a change of heart and concocted “everyman” image up against the and is another of Rahm Emanuel’s friends. have decided to support a self-proclaimed TRUTH that is now being spread far and wide. Bruce Rauner has received big contributions from Republican , OR is this just another example of Rauner doesn’t respect that Senators Dillard and hard core Democrats DIRECTLY funneling Rauner trying to fool GOP voters that he's a Brady and Treasurer Rutherford have their own money into Rauner’s campaign and therefore true Republican as he continues to try and visions for improving our state and deserve to be under his control. Perhaps some expect something hijack OUR primary? heard. Indeed, they all tower over Rauner in
Yet the opposite has occurred—they are all showing increasing vitality. If the polls weren’t turning, Rauner would not have suddenly joined several debates in which he had previously refused to participate. If he didn’t feel what he thought was certain victory slipping away, he wouldn’t be acting like a spoiled child throwing a tantrum because this race is suddenly not being conducted on his terms alone. The battlefield is now being leveled to an extent.
His wife—who would become Illinois’ First Lady if Rauner won—is radically pro-abortion. For years she has been a pro-abortion rights activist with leading roles in Emily’s List and Personal PAC. She has donated many thousands of dollars of the Rauner’s money to both of those pro-abortion organizations.
While Brady, Dillard and Rutherford all have pro-life voting records as State Representatives and Senators, Bruce Rauner has stated that he is “Pro-choice” on abortion.
Excerpts from the Philadelphia Inquirer, January 14, 2011
"The only thing I have given a contributor," Rendell told reporters in an exit interview last week, "is access."
Rendell's fund-raising legacy troubles some
Republicans routinely pounced when a name on his ever-growing list of donors ended up with a state contract, or in trouble. But time and again in Rendell's career, critics have drawn lines between contributors and contracts. Such as the contract given to Ken Bailey, a Houston lawyer who donated $90,000 to the governor's campaign and was hired by the administration to represent Pennsylvania in a trial against a drugmaker. Or the roughly $29 million that state Auditor General Jack Wagner said he found in no-bid contracts to Deloitte Touche, a New York-based consulting firm that hired several Rendell aides. The governor defended the contracts as a "reward" for good performance. Rendell said this month. "Many of the biggest contracts I gave out (went) to people who gave infinitely less (to my campaigns) than others." Ken Jarin is one of Rendell's chief fund-raisers. Jarin is a partner in Ballard Spahr, a Philadelphia law firm that is a favorite target of the governor's critics. Rendell was on the payroll there during his 2002 campaign, collecting a $250,000 salary for what he acknowledged at the time was "very little work." Since then, Ballard lawyers have chipped in nearly $900,000 for his gubernatorial runs, and the firm managed his campaign's expenses, records show. During Rendell's tenure in Harrisburg, Ballard won nearly $20 million in no-bid state contracts, including $6 million worth in the last two years from the Governor's Office or his counsel, for work on labor, gaming, and other issues, state records show.
What kind of a person is Ed Rendell…the type of corrupt “career politican” that Bruce Rauner rails against in this campaign. Despite Rendell’s own damning words that indicate he doesn’t even realize how much they confirm his corruptness, Bruce Rauner donated $300,000 to Rendell’s campaign for Pennsylvania Governor against the Republican.
To get Emily’s List and Personal PAC’s endorsement a candidate has to be so extremely pro-abortion that they must favor legal abortion with NO restrictions through the end of the ninth-month. Being pro-choice but favoring a couple reasonable restrictions is a disqualifier. Both organizations are stridently uncompromising and doctrinaire. The focus of this primary is overwhelmingly about the candidates rather than their families, but many voters realize that the person who speaks to that candidate most frequently has a tremendous amount of influence. Diana Rauner’s radical pro-abortion activism is therefore a significant concern to consider.
"The unfortunate aspect of this is that it sends a message out to the public that for a certain amount of a campaign contribution, you're going to do better in the long run," said State Rep. Doug Reichley (R., Lehigh), who contends that no-bid contracts under Rendell have cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars; he introduced a bill to curb them. In 2009, the last year of reported contributions, Rendell's campaign committee took in $1.1 million. Most of the donations were four- or five-figure checks, many flowing in from far corners of the country: $1,000 from the president of a Nashville firm; $5,000 from a South Florida socialite; $10,000 from the wife of a Hollywood producer. Four of the donations were $25,000 checks, logged on the same day, from executives at three major parking-garage operators in New York. None had readily apparent business interests or property in Pennsylvania. The donations occurred as officials in Pittsburgh and Harrisburg were considering privatizing their parking systems - a step that could be worth hundreds of millions in contracts. (Three of the donors did not respond to requests for comment. A fourth could not be reached.)
It should also be known that Emily’s List was one of the largest benefactors of Democrat Cheri Bustos in the 2012 election when she ran to unseat Congressman Bobby Schilling. Emily’s List was instrumental in helping Bustos defeat Schilling. So the Rauner’s money helped defeat a good Republican Congressman.
Pay to Play on STEROIDS
"The only thing I have ever given a contributor is access."
--Governor Ed Rendell, Philadelphia Inquirer, January 14, 2011
“You rock, Bruce Rauner!”
from Rauner to Ed Rendell, Chairman of the Democrat National Committee, Running for Governor of Pennsylvania — Against a Republican!
Bruce Rauner has tried to explain away his close personal friendship, business dealings and political alliance with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel by comparing it to President Reagan and Speaker Tip O’Neill. In President Reagan’s words: “There you go again,” Bruce Rauner. President Reagan’s aide Patrick Buchanan said: “There was a lot of myth about them working together. They did not. Both were professional and civil. But they fought each other tooth and nail on policy from beginning to end. They would relax together in social settings and especially have a beer together on St. Patrick’s Day being they were both of Irish heritage.
President Reagan and Speaker Tip O’Neill.
BUT unlike Bruce Rauner and Rahm Emanuel —
President Reagan did not help finance Tip O’Neill’s campaigns, help him make $18 million in two and a half years in the private sector, raise money for his inauguration, serve as Tip O’Neill’s closest advisor or vacation together. Ever.
Republican Primary Tuesday, March 18th
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A Reagan Republican would not have donated over $870,000 to Democrats A Reagan Republican would never contribute to Dick Durbin A Reagan Republican would never give the Democratic National Committee $40,000! Reagan never participated in pay to play President Reagan was pro-life Rauner is pro-choice
Bruce Rauner: You’re No Ronald Reagan
“Shake up Springfield?” No.
Continued from page 1 Bruce Rauner donated $200,000 to former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley’s campaigns. Later, Rauner was able to get Mayor Daley’s public schools CEO Arne Duncan (now Obama’s Secretary of Education) on the phone and used his clout to get his daughter in to one of the best public schools in the nationWalter Payton College Prep. This had been after she had been rejected on the merits.
The Rauner record shows it’s SHAKE DOWN Springfield…
hypocritical because why would someone who deeply believes in “8 years and you’re out” give hundreds of thousands of dollars to the head of the vaunted and corrupt Chicago Democrat machine, Rich Daley, who was running for a third or fourth terms? Bruce Rauner simply ignores the difficult issues when reporters ask him questions. He needs to check back with his campaign spinsters to memorize the answer they’ve devised for him. Most of his positions have no plans and no substance. We are just supposed to trust him. Rauner speaks frequently of greater transparency, but won’t give his views to voters before they have to vote. He has an ethics complaint pending with the Illinois State Board of Elections. Why? Because he illegally hid his campaign payroll information on his required quarterly campaign finance disclosures. How can you trust a man who boldly lies to two columnists on different occasions? He looked Carol Marin of Chicago Tonight in the eye, and Bernard Schoenburg of the State Journal Register and said flat out NO he did not call Arne Duncan to get his daughter into Payton Prep. But then he admitted to several media outlets that he DID call Chicago schools CEO Duncan after his daughter was rejected. He defended his actions saying he would do it again, seemingly unaware of the complete lies he told Marin and Schoenburg. What is written in these pages is documented and true. The purpose is to provide a counterbalance to the millions of dollars Rauner is spending to create an image of himself that contradicts his own history. Hundreds of thousands of dollars are coming from hard core Democrats all across the country from donors who vote Democrat in primaries and have contributed only to Democrats in the past. While Rauner fights unions, liberals all over the country love him and their actions in donating unprecedented amounts of money to his campaign prove it. Perhaps they will like the details of his “secret economic/tax plan” more than Republicans will when we get to see it after the election. No doubt they will love his positions on social issues. In USA Today, several years ago Rauner called himself a “social liberal.” Not a moderate but a liberal. After the primary, it will be too late—Republicans will have a nasty case of buyer’s remorse unless they look clearly at the facts before they cast their ballot. The stakes in this election are extremely high. Illinois desperately needs a Republican Governor and needs to break the 12 year record of epic failure that total Democrat rule has wrought on the middle class and working poor. Illinois has much higher unemployment than all our neighboring states, a 67 percent tax hike that didn’t begin to solve our state’s problems and record debt reflected in having the worst credit rating in the nation.
Living in Winnetka, his daughter had the privilege of being able to attend the renowned New Trier High or any private school she wanted. To even be considered for Payton Prep, Bruce had to establish Chicago residency. So while keeping the Winnetka mansion, Rauner bought a penthouse and second apartment in one of Chicago’s premier lakefront towers for a combined $5.2 million. As a side note, that is only half as expensive as his $10 million penthouse on New York’s Central Park West. From a self-proclaimed modest guy who boasts about preferring $18 watches, he has a penchant for multimillion dollar properties—nine homes in all. A Crain’s Chicago Business article on April 24, 2013 reported CPD Inspector General James Sullivan found that Rauner’s daughter “had good scores… but not quite good enough. Her application was denied.” The Sun Times has reported that more than 7,000 students took the admission test but only 353 students were admitted that year. Ms. Rauner was one of them.
Rauner only uses that sledgehammer from his ads to smash his previous positions on issues once polls show them unpopular.
In just a few months, Bruce Rauner has had FIVE different positions on minimum wage. He was “adamantly, adamantly” opposed to raising the minimum wage; then for cutting it by a dollar an hour; then suddenly when campaign polls showed how toxic that position was—he was for raising the national minimum wage to $10 an hour; and later offered two scenarios that he would support unilateral raising the Illinois minimum wage to $10 an hour. It is also important to know this is the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Rauner has several severe business scandals just starting to come to light. One was a Rauner company called Lason, Inc. In the Chicago Tribune on January 20, 2104, an expert on securities fraud and white collar crime, Peter J. Henning, said Lason would have been called “one of the worst accounting frauds ever” had it not been upstaged by similar scandals at Enron and WorldCom. On July 25, 2013, a WTSP News in Tampa, FL report on a Rauner company said “The case went beyond the nursing home's extreme negligence that resulted in Townsend's death and revealed its investors had conspired to run the nursing home chain into insolvency without any regard to residents' care.” Unlike Bill Brady, Kirk Dillard and Dan Rutherford who have run statewide before and been vetted, Bruce Rauner’s baggage is only now coming to light. Republicans are better off taking a hard look at Rauner’s lethal political problems NOW, rather than nominating him and being stuck with him as more shocking stories come to light and he melts down in the general election. We need a GOP candidate we can trust.
That makes Rauner’s vilifying others for making political contributions for access and influence ring hollow. Rauner himself has proven time and again that he is the master at buying influence. Rauner can’t be bought—he is the consummate buyer himself. No one is going to be able to give him a paper bag with $50,000 cash in it to bribe him to sign a bill. He represents a whole new paradigm of corruption. Rauner is blatant, and brags about buying influence. He has an amazing double standard. When others, particularly unions, make contributions they are “bribing” public officials according to him. When he makes massive contributions and freely admits to wanting to buy influence—that is somehow noble and selfless of Rauner—even though it often results in vastly increasing his business of investing union pensions. Bruce Rauner’s entire campaign for Governor has been stage managed fakery. From the spiffy new Carhartt jacket he wears, to the one specific issue he takes a stand on—term limits—only because polls have shown over 80 percent of the public supports the issue. That’s easy to wrap his candidacy around. Again,
We Republicans need to get it right in 2014. We have one chance to nominate a winner in our primary. We can’t afford to nominate a candidate like Bruce Rauner who will disintegrate in the heat of the general election and drag a great many other Republican candidates down with him. Bruce Rauner’s records, statements and actions prove he is not the breath of fresh air reformer his image consultants have slickly portrayed him to be—indeed he is the exact opposite.
Vote NO on Rauner in the Republican primary on March 18, 2014
n 2008, the Rauner’s main residence in Illinois was their mansion in Winnetka. Children born to parents in such a wealthy town are lucky to be able to go to a public high school at New Trier, a renowned high school. It is one of the best in the nation and to such a degree that several years ago the news program 60 Minutes profiled the school in awe of its advanced features, the level of funding per student, special programs and the academic success of its students. Bruce Rauner has been a backer of charter schools and has one named after him, but the Rauners weren’t interested in sending their daughter to a charter school. Her father could also have afforded to send her to any of the best private schools in the nation.
Rauner Caught on Chicago Clout List
Well it is no surprise that Mayor Daley and then President Obama would promote someone that an Inspector General found to have flagrantly engaged in corrupt practices. Rauner has tried to blow this off to reporters as “just minor. It’s stuff that doesn’t matter.” The story doesn’t end there however. violations of selection and enrollment practices. As a result, principals were given less influence over the enrollment process.”
Despite those incredible opportunities, the Rauners wanted their daughter to attend an even better school—Walter Payton Prep in Chicago, an elite selective-enrollment public school which is ranked number one in the state. It is such a good school that the data obtained by the Chicago Sun Times through a Freedom of Information Act request and reported in 2008— the year Rauner’s daughter got in—9,200 students applied. Over 7,000 took the test that year and just 353 were admitted. First you have to live in Chicago, not Winnetka. So Bruce Rauner went and bought a penthouse AND another condo on a lower floor for a combined $5.2 million in one of the most prestigious lakefront towers with lake views and an unobstructed view over Millennium Park.
Greg Hinz, a reporter with Crain’s Chicago Business, reported on April 24, 2013 that according to a report by the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Inspector General, Ms. Rauner had good scores…but not quite good enough. Her application was denied.” Remember, Bruce Rauner had donated $200,000 to then Chicago Mayor Richard Daley’s campaigns and the mayor was Arne Duncan’s boss. So Bruce Rauner called the CPS CEO Arne Duncan who is now President Obama’s Secretary of Education. Within days, the decision was reversed and Ms. Rauner was admitted. Ian Belknap reported in Crain’s that “she apparently leapfrogged over hundreds of better-qualified applicants because Mr. Rauner placed a call to Arne Duncan.” Belknap further wrote in Crain’s of his reaction of “mild outrage at the rigged game…and a sense of growing bewilderment over the gulf between the lofty aims of our civic institutions and the shabby and crooked manner in which they invariably function.
The CPS Inspector General’s report on the investigation laid blame on Arne Duncan for have widely engaged in corrupt practices such as “making dozens of admissions based on political clout, favoritism, preferential treatment and
This is shocking because Rauner has based his campaign for Governor on stopping “union bosses” from “bribing” politicians, something in which Rauner has personally demonstrated a supreme mastery of the process.
The CPS Inspector General did an investigation in which he found Rauner called Duncan and then his daughter was admitted. The Chicago Tribune got ahold of a “Clout List” and Bruce Rauner’s name was on it.
After his confession, Rauner has pushed hard to pass this off as something called an exception known as a “principal pick.” Yet on January 14, 2014, Natasha Korecki of the Sun Times reported “A source with specific knowledge of the admission told the Sun-Times that Rauner’s daughter was not a so-called ‘principal pick’ but was let in following a phone call.” Remember that when you hear Bruce Rauner say again and again that he did nothing wrong and would do it again.
Again, it is even worse than lying. He arrogantly said “There’s nothin’ wrong with it, and I would do it again.” Never seeing the irony of his crusading against others lawfully engaged in the political system while he abuses it so often and so egregiously. He has also said that one of the reasons for buying the Chicago residences was because his wife got a job in the city. However, Greg Hinz of Crain’s reported on April 24, 2013 that “mom still lived in Winnetka.”
More damning is that Rauner bold faced lied to media figures Carol Marin on WTTW and Bernard Schoenburg from the State Journal Register. Rauner answered questions from both of them as to whether he called Arne Duncan about helping his daughter get into Payton Prep by looking them in the eye and answering NO. To other reporters he has refused to discuss the matter. But then Rauner went to the other extreme and on camera with Jay Levine of CBS Channel 2, Mary Ann Ahern of NBC 5, and Charles Thomas of ABC 7, he boldly admitted he called Duncan about getting his daughter into Payton Prep! The man needs to hire more staff so he can keep his lies consistent.
Rauner calling lawful contributions by unions to political candidates “bribes” that he will have prosecuted as Governor (even though the Governor has ZERO authority or ability to prosecute anyone for anything) he has boastfully said he has given $200,000 and $300,000 to buy influence with politicians. That is an appalling double standard which is reason enough to vote against him since we are in a state too widely known for its corruption
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But this still gets worse. Rauner gave away his deepest character flaw in that interview with ABC 7’s Charles Thomas when he said “We were taxpayers, homeowners in Chicago, so very ENTITLED to be able to go to a school there.” “SO VERY ENTITLED.” Precious.n
The fact remains that the Rauner daughter had the option to go to New Trier or any private school she wanted. Instead the family bumped a student who merited acceptance into Payton Prep but was overrun by clout bought with political contributions that Rauner still campaigns against—when they are made by people he doesn’t agree with or like. It is hypocrisy of the grandest scale.
Only .0014 percent of Payton College Prep students get in thanks to principal’s help
So how difficult was it for an average Chicago student to be admitted into Payton College Prep the year that Bruce Rauner made a call to get his daughter in?
BY NATASHA KORECKI AND ROSALIND ROSSI Staff Reporters Last Modified: Jan 12, 2014 12:52PM
More than 9,000 students applied for 353 open seats in the 2008-09 academic year, according to data obtained by the Sun-Times through the Freedom of Information Act.
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Rauner: The Insider’s Insider
Rahm and Rauner Are Vacation Buddies in Montana—Fly Fishing, Anyone?
PUBLISHED OCT. 2, 2013
Bruce Rauner and Rahm Emanuel
ruce Rauner and Rahm Emanuel are close friends. Rauner is frequently described in the media as Mayor Emanuel’s closest advisor…who has unchecked access to the mayor’s office. Bruce Rauner told Governing Magazine on June 6, 2013 that he “regularly speaks with Emanuel.” Rauner said he talks to Emanuel “all the time on a lot of topics.” Bruce Rauner was appointed by the mayor to the city’s economic development and job creation council. Mrs. Rauner was appointed to Rahm Emanuel’s transition team for education when he was elected mayor. The friendship began in 1998 as Emanuel was leaving the Clinton White House during the Monica Lewinsky scandal. A December 3, 2008 article by Michael Luo in the New York Times says: “Confidants of Mr. Emanuel’s said he decided to try his hand at business because he wanted financial security for his family, before eventually returning to public service.”
Political and personal connections led Chicago’s mayor to thrash about with a fly rod in a pristine Montana stream.
Need a Healthy Separation
hat should be most concerning to Illinoisans about the closeness of the Rauner-Emanuel friendship is that it is too close for a Governor of Illinois and a Mayor of Chicago. With their personal history and skill at deal making, who will know what kind of requests the Mayor of Chicago will be making of the Governor? The CTA is in dire financial shape. What is to prevent Mayor Emanuel from calling his buddy the Governor and asking that a bigger share of RTA state funding be transferred to the CTA in exchange for Emanuel putting the squeeze on Chicago legislators for a Rauner legislative priority? That relationship is just too cozy for comfort. Actually if it came to be, it would present an open invitation for trouble.
The article goes on to say that Bruce Rauner, then chairman of GTCR Golder Rauner, a Chicago private equity firm, “had first met Mr. Emanuel after getting a call from President Clinton’s Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles, an old friend. Instead of private equity, Mr. Rauner advised Mr. Emanuel to pursue investment banking where Emanuel’s political experience might be more valuable in LANDING DEALS IN REGULATED INDUSTRIES.” In the October 2, 2013 edition of Chicago Magazine, Carol Felsenthal writes: “It’s Rauner after all who advised Rahm in the ‘90s to make his fortune as an investment banker and who hired him to represent GTCR in the purchase of a home-security system company from SBC Communications. Proceeds from that deal, among others, put the Clinton operative, who had no prior business experience or education, on the fast track to earning $18 MILLION in under 3 years. Fortune in place, Rahm sprinted down the road to elective office.” In 2002, Congressman Rod Blagojevich chose to run for Governor, leaving his congressional seat open. Eight Democrats contested the primary, including Emanuel. His strongest competitor, former State Representative Nancy Kaszak called Emanuel a “millionaire carpetbagger.” Luckily for him, Rahm Emanuel now had a fortune and put $450,000 of his own money into that primary and went on to win the primary and general elections. In his first term as a Congressman, Rahm Emanuel went to the House Floor to make congratulatory remarks to Bruce Rauner for a Red Cross award, thereby entering Rauner in the official Congressional Record.
Their friendship reached a whole new level when the Rauners began inviting the Emanuels to vacation with them at the Rauner’s Montana ranch. The more appropriate relationship is the one between Governor Jim Edgar and Mayor Richard Daley. There was a healthy tension in the relationship. They had fundamental disagreements. But they conducted themselves professionally, were cordial and communicated on official matters. As a result, Chicago received everything it deserved from the state—but not a dime more. There needs to be a healthy separation of the occupants of these two crucial positions in Illinois.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Pelosi and Emanuel led the effort to make Pelosi Speaker of the House.
By Michael Sneed August 2, 2013
Sneed: Rahm’s secret governor choice—and he’s not a Dem
At the beginning of his second term in the House of Representatives, Emanuel became the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), responsible for helping Democrats win more seats. That same New York Times article from December 3, 2008 also states: “Mr. Emanuel also leaned heavily upon the (financial) industry while he was chairman of the DCCC during the 2006 mid-term elections. Financial donors contributed more than $5.8 million to the committee.” By all accounts Emanuel did an excellent job of recruiting Democrat candidates for Congress, coaching them, and especially tapping his business contacts to help raise money. As such, many consider Rahm Emanuel more responsible for Democrats taking over the House in the 2006 elections than Nancy Pelosi herself—who was elected Speaker of the House as a result of the new Democrat majority. Bruce Rauner paved that path quite nicely for Rahm Emanuel. After the 2008 elections, President-Elect Obama selected Emanuel to serve as his White House Chief of Staff. Emanuel was instrumental in securing passage of the President Obama’s economic stimulus bill and Obamacare. Their friendship reached a whole new level when the Rauners invited the Emanuels to vacation with them at the Rauner’s Montana ranch. Again, Carol Felsenthal with Chicago Magazine wrote about “Rauner’s genuine chumminess with Rahm,” and “those ties are not only cozy, they’re real—families vacation-together real.” She went on to write: “My guess is that Rahm won’t be voting for Pat Quinn, not even while holding his nose. I bet Rahm pulls the lever for his buddy, a Republican Bruce Rauner, former CEO of the private equity firm GTCR.”
Sneed hears Mayor Rahm Emanuel is in a twist over who he wants to be the next governor of Illinois. Sneed is told: ◆ Rahm is indebted to Dem gubernatorial hopeful Bill Daley, who helped convince his brother, Mayor Richie Daley, to retire, and helped engineer Rahm’s transition into the office.
◆ Translation: A top source inside the Dem party tells Sneed: “Rahm’s candidate is really Rauner. He’ll never publicly back him. . . he’s a party guy. But, in his heart. . .”
◆ Rahm is this/close to GOP gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner, and their families have been known to spend holiday time together.
◆ Rahm is not a big booster of Gov. Pat Quinn winning re-election.
“Anyplace I see a corporation asking for a special deal, I’ll be opposed to it. No special deals. No special favors. I’m against corporate welfare. I’m against that.”
—Bruce Rauner, June 5, 2013 on WTTW-TV with Carol Marin
Rauner vs. Rauner
“A wheeling, dealing first: Responding to a question from the audience, Rauner told the crowd he likely will cut deals with businesses to get them to locate in Illinois should he win the governorship. ‘I’m telling you, to bring business here, I might have to cut some deals and I’ll do that.” —Reboot Illinois, Madeleine Doubek’s reporting from the first joint GOP Governor’s forum of 2014
On September 3, 2013, State Journal Register reporter Bernard Schoenburg had the following discourse with Bruce Rauner about clouting his daughter into Payton Prep. “Did you talk to Mr. Duncan about it?”
“I did not.” Rauner responded.
________________ On June 5, 2013 on Chicago Tonight with Carol Marin, she asked Rauner if he called Chicago Public Schools CEO Arne Duncan or Ron Huberman to get their attention on his daughter’s desire to attend Walter Payton Prep.
Rauner’s response: “NO.”
Bold Faced Lies
From the State Journal Register, Bernard Schoenburg column, January 16, 2014:
JAY LEVINE of CBS-Channel 2 said in his story: “Rauner admits making a call to Arne Duncan to get his daughter into Payton despite what he calls her middle school attendance record marred by illness.” Rauner responds, in that story: “There’s nothin’ to apologize for that. There’s nothin’ wrong with it, and I would do it again and again.” MARY ANN AHERN, in her story on NBC-Channel 5, said: “Bruce Rauner says yes, he made a phone call to then-Superintendent of Schools Arne Duncan, so his daughter, moving into the city from Winnetka, could get into Walter Payton College Prep.” Rauner said in that story that just such cases are what the 5 percent discretion was “designed to do.” And CHARLES THOMAS of ABC-Channel 7 reported: “When his daughter’s application was rejected, Rauner admitted calling then-CPS CEO Arne Duncan to get her admitted to Payton, which had a waiting list of over 7,000 city teenagers.” Later in the Channel 7 story, Rauner says, “We were taxpayers, homeowners in Chicago, so very entitled to be able to go to a school there.” http://www.sj-r.com/article/20140115/OPINION/140119578/0/SEARCH?template=printart
„ Even though Bruce Rauner proclaims term limits, he contributed to a person running for a 3rd and 4th term. „ Yet Daley was never in danger of losing. So why was such a large sum needed and justified? „ Despite Rauner calling himself a “reformer” he contributed $200,000 to the head of the corrupt Chicago Democrat machine.
„ Rauner says he gives to mayors because they control education and he wants reform. But Chicago Public Schools after FOUR Daley terms are anything but reformed. Everything stagnated with the mayor going into his 3rd and 4th terms. „ The clout Rauner earned with such massive donations did come in handy when Rauner called Daley’s schools CEO Arne Duncan to get his daughter into Payton Prep. Despite 9,000 students applying and 7,000 taking entrance exams—only 353 students made it—including Rauner’s daughter.
Former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley
Michael Bloomberg did a “phenomenal job” and a “terrific job” as mayor of New York City.
—Bruce Rauner, January 12, 2014
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v How can Bruce Rauner be a true believer in term limits when he supports and contributes to so many politicians who have served a lot longer than the 8 year limit Rauner wants to mandate? Does Rauner not believe in acting on his most closely held principles, OR is term limits just the best method to help create the desired image of an outsider? Mayor Bloomberg actually led an effort to revise the City Charter to overturn term limits on the New York City Mayor so he could run for a 3rd term. Bloomberg succeeded in getting rid of term limits and won a third term in office.
So one wonders by which standards does Bruce Rauner judge the performance of mayors?
v Bloomberg gained notoriety as the worlds’ most active Nannycrat, issuing edicts on how people’s food could be cooked and the size of their sodas in an unprecedented overreach of government power. Bloomberg also abused eminent domain to build a stadium. He even barred hospitals from releasing new mothers until they listened to lecture on the virtues of breast feeding as opposed to formula. He ordered hospitals to hide formula so as not to give new mothers ideas to ask for it. It certainly can’t be economic performance. New York City has the largest big city tax burden in the country. From 1995 to 2010 New York lost $58 billion in outmigration. When Bloomberg became mayor 12 years ago, the city spent $1.7 billion per year on pensions, which went up to $8.2 billion in his last year. Let’s hope Rauner doesn’t want to emulate that record.
Former New York City Mayor v Mayor Bloomberg is best known as the most fanatical gun control crusader in the country. He finances Michael Bloomberg pro-gun control initiatives and candidates all over our country. Bruce Rauner must not think the gun control issue is important as he seemingly ignored Bloomberg’s radical anti-gun stance while offering such bountiful praise. But that wouldn’t be a first for Rauner. His best bud, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, is also radically anti-gun.
Bruce Rauner has had at least 5 different positions on the minimum wage in just a few months so do you think his non-binding pledge not to serve beyond 8 years would hold if he were to become governor? Do you also know it won’t even cover Speaker Madigan who has been Speaker of the House for 31 years because it won’t become effective until 2023?
Polls show support for term limits is off the charts, so Rauner portrays himself leading an effort for term limits. It’s a rare issue on which he has a concrete stand. He even set up a separate campaign committee to push for term limits. Rauner’s separate term limits campaign committee drafted the language for the ballot initiative. Did you know the language doesn’t cover term limits for the Governor?
Rauner’s campaign is the opposite of authentic.
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As the web site NoRauner.com wrote: “They both have been a Democrat, independent and a Republican. They are both so immensely rich that they are way out of touch with average folks. They both have a tremendous amount of hubris.”
But there are strong similarities between Bloomberg and Rauner. Both are strongly pro-choice on abortion. In his last re-election campaign Bloomberg spent $175 per vote—something Rauner is working feverishly to match.
1. The behavior of people who do things that they tell other people not to do: behavior that does not agree with what someone claims to believe or feel 2. The false assumption of an appearance of virtue 3. Bruce Rauner
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Except for Mayor Daley
Rauner gave the head of the Chicago Democrat Machine $200,000 for his 3rd and 4th terms. Actions speak louder than words.
8 Years - You’re Out
How does that square with Rauner’s call for term limits?
Actions do speak louder than words. If Rauner is truly committed to term limits why did he give $50,000 to Chicago Mayor re-election. It just shows that Bruce Rauner says Richard Daley’s 3rd re-election campaign, and one thing and does another. more significantly $150,000 to his 4th re-election campaign? Do you know that Bruce Rauner donated $4,600 in 2008 to radical left-winger then-Congressman, In Rauner’s ads he says “No more 30 year career now U.S. Senator Ed Markey from Massachupoliticians. Eight years and you’re out!” Do you setts? In 2008, Markey had already served 32 know that this past June, Bruce Rauner conyears in the House and was running for his 17th tributed to U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch term? Markey has always been ranked as one of McConnell’s campaign even though he has served THE most liberal Members of Congress. 29 years and U.S. Senate terms are for six years? And that McConnell’s primary opponent is a self- Bruce Rauner certainly does not put his money made businessman? Making this point has noth- where his mouth is—he has done the exact oppoing to do with Senator McConnell’s merits for site.
But when the time came for standing on principle, Bruce Rauner gave Mayor Daley $200,000 to run again and again and again and AGAIN.
Rauner mouths support for term limits because it polls higher than any other issue.
Bruce Rauner bashes “career politicians” but acts like the worst of them. Who knows where he really stands?
Finke: Rauner trips over changing stances
Peoria Journal Star Posted Jan. 11, 2014
Bruce Rauner and his campaign team may want to do a serious evaluation of their damage-control efforts. It’s hard to see how they could do a worse job of it.
SPRINGFIELD — Republican Bruce Rauner is calling for a $1-an-hour rollback in the state’s minimum wage in a move Democrats described as “class warfare” on Illinois’ working poor.
BY DAVE MCKINNEY Springfield Bureau Chief Chicago Sun Times, January 7, 2014
Cut state’s hourly minimum wage by $1 to be ‘competitive’
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“But Rauner is the one who helped Emanuel make several million dollars in private deals when Emanuel was between political posts.” — Chicago Tribune, Kass: Rauner’s outsider stance amusing to Dillard, October 23, 2013 “It’s Rauner, after all, who advised Rahm in the late ’90s to make his fortune as an investment banker and who hired him to represent GTCR in the purchase of a home-security company from SBC Communications. Proceeds from that deal, among others, put the Clinton operative, who had no prior business experience or education, on the fast track to earning $18 million in under 3 years. Fortune in place, Rahm sprinted down the road to elective office.” — Chicago Tribune, Rahm and Rauner are vacation buddies in Montana, October 2, 2013