Cliff Surges Questions Karen McConnaughay’s $64,000 in Union Contributions

A press release from State Senate candidate Cliff Surges criticizing his questioning his opponent Karen McConnaughay’s contributions from unions. Surges calls on McConnaughay to explain Union Contributions Gilberts, IL – On last Monday evening at a candidate forum at Del … Continue reading

More Charges of Illegal MinorityWomen/Disadvantaged Set-Aside Scams, One Hefty Campaign Contributor

TWO AREA CONTRACTORS CHARGED WITH FRAUD INVOLVING MINORITY AND WOMEN SET-ASIDES FOR GOVERNMENT CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS CHICAGO — Two owners of area construction businesses are facing federal charges for allegedly using companies they controlled to fraudulently obtain government contracts set-aside for … Continue reading

How Cliff Surges Spent His State Senate Campaign Money at the End of 2011

Cliff Surges didn’t raise much money during the last three months of 2011–$5,650. But he didn’t spend much either–$7,419.13. Nowhere near what his opponent Karen McConnaughay spent. Have to wonder why the only publicized poll, from We Ask America, shows … Continue reading

Cliff Surges Raises $5,650 in 3rd Quarter, Had $30,000 in the Bank at First of the Year

McHenry County Blog has previously listed the campaign contributions and expenditures for the last quarter of last year for Karen McConnaughay, the Kane County Board Chairman running for a new State Senate seat. She is running against former Gilberts Village … Continue reading

Karen McConnaughay’s 3rd Quarter Campaign Contributions – $76,000, $72,000 in the Bank New Year’s Day

Previously, McHenry County Blog has published the campaign contributions for the last quarter of 2011 for some of the hot races in the Republican primary David McSweeney Kent Gaffney Danielle Rowe Today, we’ll look at what Kane County Board Chairman … Continue reading

Illinois Campaign Finance Reform Wasn’t, Business Twice as Important as Individual Contributors

First a disclaimer. I don’t favor limits on campaign contributions. There was much hooting and hollering from liberals and assorted reformers about how wonderful the campaign finance reform law was. Money would no longer rule politics. I favor no limits … Continue reading

Pam Althoff’s Campaign Finances

$23,094.14 taken in, $47,435.87 in checks written out. That’s the summary of State Senator Pam Althoff’s campaign disclosure form. The details are below. First money coming in. From entities which are not Political Action Committee, Althoff got $16,910 that was … Continue reading

Gaffney Points Out He Has Most Cash in Bank

A press release from State Rep. Kent Gaffney: Gaffney Files With More Money Fox River Grove, IL – State Representative Kent Gaffney (R-Lake Barrington) has filed with $36,336 cash on hand going into the final two months of the Republican … Continue reading

How State Rep. Candidate Dave McSweeney Spent His Money

Yesterday, McHenry County Blog covered receipts for Dave McSweeney, candidate for State Rep.  McSweeney is running against incumbent St. Rep. Kent Gaffney, who has $36,000 in the bank and Danielle Rowe. Today, we’ll look at expenses, $129,061, which includes some … Continue reading

Danielle Rowe has $8,500 in the Bank for Last Months of the Primary

Danielle Rowe’s campaign certainly is not about raising money. She had $8,532.99 available at the beginning of the new year. She took in only $790 during the last three months of 2011. That’s the cash. She got in-kind assistance, mainly … Continue reading

McSweeney Has $28,000 in Bank as of Year’s Start, Raises $143,000 in Last Quarter of 2011

$143,646 donated to the Dave McSweeney campaign during the last three months of 2011 and $116,271.49 spent. $20,290.02 owed, most to Majority Strategies of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, but $7,500 to the candidate himself. All but $1,596 of McSweeney’s contributions … Continue reading

Zinke Campaign Disclosue Due for Do-Over

Yesterday, McHenry County Blog told  readers of the money reported by McHenry County Undersheriff Andy Zinke to the Illinois State Board of Elections. Over $8,000 raised. But, there’s a problem. The Election Code requires that Political Action Committees with that … Continue reading

Comparing Joe Walsh and Randy Hultgren on Campaign Finances

The second quarter of 2011 campaign receipts and expenses have been reported by the congressional folks. Below you can see summaries from the two congressmen who live in the district that comprises most of McHenry County. First you see 8th … Continue reading

End of Session Contributions for McHenry County Legislators

The newly-amended Illinois Campaign Contribution Disclosure law requires contributions of $1,000 or more to be reported relatively quickly. Previously, donations could not be viewed until late July…well after the General Assembly members had gone home. Today, we shall look at … Continue reading

The Grayslake School Board Incumbents’ Campaign (Email) Trail – Part 1

What caught my interest today was an article on the Lake County Tea Party site by Paul Mitchell about Grayslake Unit School District 46. It is based on emails sent to and from the school district’s email server and shows … Continue reading