With Republican State Rep. Allen Skillicorn only spending $150 in an contribution to an unidentified politician and Democrat Suzanne Ness spending $723,881.47, you get one guess as who is going to win.
Skillicorn reports owing himself $110,881.47 and has $94,491.31, if one adds the recent $2,000 donation from Chicagoan Vincent Kolber.
And the Illinois Citizens for Life PAC did make a mailing on Skillicorn’s behalf last week costing $1,126.93.
That, plus some leftover yard signs consists of the Skillicorn re-election campaign.
He obviously can repay a good part of the money he has loaned his campaign fund.
Ness is equally obviously being set up by House Speaker Mike Madigan for bigger things.
When she ran for McHenry County Board two years ago, one astute political observer noted that it was a “State Rep. campaign,” not a County Board campaign.
The Ness campaign this time is a congressional campaign.
Expect a district, probably containing all of McHenry County, plus most of the Kane County part of the State Rep. district to be reapportioned with her in mind.
Among individual and corporate donors Ness has two contributions from people in her district:
- $250 – Faye Blake, East Dundee
- $200 – Maurice Hill, Crystal Lake
Three more are from McHenry County, but outside her district:
- $1,000 – Janice Bosman, Woodstock
- $500 – Russell Foszcz, Richmond
Non-district individual and business contributors follow:
- $3,200 – Alliance For Living nfp, Northfiedl
- $1,060 – B & D Hotel Corporation, Chicago
- $1,000 – Clayton Residential Home, Inc., Chicago
- $5,800 – Fred Eychaner, Chicago
- $250 – Andres Glassford,, St. Charles
- $950 – Lake Park Center, Waukegan
- $250 – Nekritz Amdor Consulting LLC, Northbrook
- $680 – Sharon Healthcare Woods, Inc., Peoria
- $200 – Skokie Meadows, Skokie
- $200 – The Citadel of Skokie, Skokie
- $970 – Terrace, Ltd., Chicago Heights
- $5,763.12 – from contributions smaller than $150.01.
Now for the big stuff, which comes directly or indirectly from Michael Madigan.
There are twenty itemized cash transfers from political entities totaling $618,280:
- $10,000 – Fire Fighters of IL PAC Fund, Springfield
- $57,800 – Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters Political Action Committee, Chicago
- $57,800 – Chicagoland Operators Joint Labor Management PAC, Countryside
- $57,800 – Citizens for Gregory Harris, Chicago
- $57,800 – Daniel Didech Campaign Committee, Buffalo Grove
- $2,400 – Democratic Majority, Springfield
- $57,800 – Friends of Michelle Mussman 09-09, Schaumburg
- $57,800 – Friends of Natalie Manley, Joliet
- $46,100 – Friends to Elect Kathleen Willis, Addison
- $57,800 – Illinois Federation of Teachers COPE, Westmont
- $2,500 – JB For Governor, Chicago
- $57,800 – Laborers’ Political League Education Fund, Washington, D.C.
- $57,800 – Liuna Chicago Laborers’ District Council Political Action Committee, Chicago
- $15,000 – SEIU Healthcare IL IN PAC, Chicago
- $10,000 – SEIU Illinois Council PAC Fund, Chicago
- $7,500 – Smart Local 265 PAC Fund, Carol Stream
- $2,000 – Sprinkler Fitters Local 281, U.A. Political Education Fund, Alsip
- $1,500 – SUAAction, Springfield
- $1,500 – UFCW Local 881 Political Action Committee, Des Plaines
And, that’s not all.
Now look at the $312,592.44 in-kind contribution–thirty-three in all–during July, August and September:
The first group was paid for by Mike Madigan’s Democratic Majority PAC:
- $2,679.54 – Kylie Kelly, Chicago, for salary and insurance
- $2,956.32 – Hanna Cook, Chicago, for salary
- $4,924.50 – Kathleen Stanczykewicz, Mundelein, for salary
- 8-20, $31,000 for polling by Tulchin Research, San Francisco
- 9-12, $36,590.30 for persuasion calls by Winning Connections, DC
- 9-29, $6,257 for digital advertising, Dover Strategy Group
- 9-29, $16,500 for polling by Tulchin Research, SF
Below are expenditures are mailings for Ness by Mike Madigan’s Democratic Party of Illinois, all done by the Dover Strategy Group of Chicago:
- 7-23, $15,598.77
- 8-3, $14,102.23
- 8-3, $14,102.23
- 8-12, $12,309.58
- 8-19, $14,402.23
- 9-3, $35,187.68
- 9-3, $14,002.23
- 9-17, $19,928.59
- 9-17, $21,858.18
- 9-30, $18,335.94
- 9-30, $21,658.18
State political parties get a non-profit postage rate, which explains why the mailings came from the Democratic Party.
Pro-abortion Personal PAC made one mailing:
- 9-10, $3,864.39
There were three mailings from another supporter of abortion, Planned Parenthood Illinois Action PAC:
- 9-20, $1,533.40
- 9-22, $1,533.40
- 9-24, $1,533.40
There have been still more resources pouring in since October 1st:
- 10-2, $4,500 for production services, Devine Mulvey Longabaugh, Inc., DC, from Democratic Majority
- 10-2, $1,786.70 for organizing by Kenneth Dixon by Sierra Club IL Chapter PAC
- 10-5, $16,500 for polling by Tulchin Research, SF, by Democratic Majority
- $50,000 from Friends of Robert “Bob” Rita, Blue Island
- 10-7, $8,000 from Associated Fire Fighters of IL PAC Fund
- 10-7, $1,850 from Albany Care, Inc., Evanston
- 10-7, $1,212.54 for Hanna Cook from Democratic Majority
- 10-7, $1,733.34 for Kathleen Stanczykiewicz from Democratic Majority
- 10-13, $161,500 from Democratic Majority
- 10-13, $57,800 from Engineers Political Education Committee, Washington, DC
- 10-13, $45,000 from Friends of Mike Halpin, Rock Island
- 10-13, $10,000 from I.P.A.C.E. [IEA teachers PAC]
- 10-14, $35,000 from AFSCME, Washington, DC
- 10-15, $20,948.51 from Democratic Party of Illinois for mailing
- 10-16, $5063.48 from Gun Violence Prevention Pac for phone calls by The Sexton Group, Chicago
Finally, let’s look at expenditures directly from Ness’ campaign fund:
Television ads purchased by Buying Time of Washington, DC:
- 8-28, $18,630
- 9-2, 20,400
- 9-19, $112,200
- 9-17, $111,150
- 9-23, $113,100
There have obviously been more purchases since then, but they will not be reported until January.
She purchased digital advertising as well:
- 9-23, $6,120 from Dover Group of Philadelphia, PA.
Texting marketing, purchased from San Francisco’s Texting Marketing, was also in the mix:
- 7-30, $100
- 8-24, $5,388.60
- 9-8, $13.80
And here is a surprise. The campaign is renting space in Carpentersville from Otto Engineering, the company that strong conservative Jack Roeser founded. The company has bought and renovated adjacent buildings along the Fox River. The one were Roeser’s wake was held seemed quite empty at that time.
Besides the employees financed by Mike Madigan, others have been paid to assist with the campaign:
- Branding Hatch is handling the web site for $375 a month
- Bret Burk of Crystal Lake is on the payroll, earning about $270 a week
- Hanna Cook, mentioned above being paid by Madigan, shows up as being paid in July by Ness
- Christine Heinz received about $300 a week in September
- Chloe Troub of Chicago put in about $150 a week’s worth of work the last three weeks of September
- Kylle Kelly of Chicago, another Madigan staffer, was paid $295 the last week of September
There were some other miscellaneous expenditures:
- 7-15, $2,290 for printing by Stars and Stripes Printing, Bridgeview
- 7-23, $551.63 for printing by Awesome Campaigns in Elgin
- 8-14, $450 for photographs by Doug McGoldrick Photography, River Forest
- 8-25/27, $462 for a donor data base from DonorSnap of Heartland, WI
- 9-10, $800 for graphic design by Hoopes Media, Parker, CO
- Various, $3,674.64 for postage