(Chicago) – Insider: State Senator Kirk Dillard’s wheezing gubernatorial fundraising got a big boost on Wednesday.
The Hinsdale Republican reported, at 10:01 p.m. last night, contributions totaling $169,300.
The lion’s share came in three checks of $52,600 each. The contributors were: Illinois Operating Engineers Local 150, Chicago Land Operators Joint Labor-Management PAC, and the Illinois Lunch Pail Republicans PAC.
The $169,300 brings Dillard’s total fundraising from large contributions to $207,300 for the third quarter. Without that large infusion of cash before the third quarter fundraising ends in less than three weeks, Dillard’s campaign would have looked dead-in-the-water by the time campaign finance reporting arrived on October 15.
In the second quarter, Dillard raised $293,090, spent $83,405 – mostly on consultants – and ended with just $243,506 in the bank.
So, Dillard needed this big cash boost.
But what he does not need is grief over “transparency” that may come with the Illinois Lunch Pail Republicans PAC check dated September 9.
On September 6, the Lunch Pail reported a $52,600 contribution from the Washington, D.C.-based Engineers Political Education Committee PAC. And three-days later the Pail, which has raised or donated no other money recently, funneled the same amount to Dillard
It looks like the Engineers’ money got laundered.
With Illinois voters’ distrust of their elected officials burning white hot, why any candidate would engage in an accounting slight of hand with a campaign contribution now is beyond a normal cranium’s ability to process.
Nevertheless, the dough helps Dillard to avoid a fatal perception of a campaign running on fumes.
But he may run afoul of public opinion for the perception of a campaign running low on transparency.
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