Both voted to override Governor Pat Quinn’s veto, Franks a last minute switch.
State Senator Dan Duffy gave a scorching speech against the bill, addressing the
- business end, which he said required an outside audit to see how efficiently Com Ed is operating, and the
- ethics’ side, pointing out that the father of bill sponsor Mike Jacobs was a Com Ed lobbyist.
Newly-appointed State Rep. Kent Gaffney also voted “No.”
I figure that balance requires me to look at the donations that State Rep. Mike Tryon, who supported the bill, received.
The figures you see below are taken from the Committee on Political Reform’s data base, a compilation of businesses and executives thereof who the Committee judged to have a financial interest in the Senate Bill 1652′s veto override.
To put this in perspective, here are the totals of contributions Tryon reported to the State Board of Elections for the first three-fourths of the year:
- 1st Quarter – $1,754
- 2nd Quarter – $30,714
- 3rd Quarter – $21,690
Total – $54,158
So contributions that the Committee for Political Reform consider linked to companies supporting the electric rate hike bill total 10.6% of Tryon’s contributions for the first three-quarters of 2011.