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Extra: Rauner Reels in 2nd $250,000 Contribution in 2 Days

Extra: Rauner Reels in 2nd $250,000 Contribution in 2 Days

(Chicago) – Insider: Katie bar the door.

Since businessman and GOP gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner decided last week to bust Illinois’ $250,000 self-financing campaign caps by contributing an additional $500,000 to his campaign – on top of $249,000 contributed earlier – contribution caps are now off for all candidates in the Illinois governor’s race.

And Rauner is making the most of it.

The GOP insider has snagged his 2nd $250,000 contribution within two days.

On November 18, 7WireVentures Chairman Glen Tullman handed Rauner a $250,000 check. And today, Thursday, Rauner’s campaign reported that Citadel chief and GOP mega-donor Ken Griffin also provided a $250,000 check on Wednesday, November 20.

Since November 1, Rauner has reeled in $1,351,567 including his own $500,000.

The amount of money is staggering.

Rauner’s campaign intends to unleash a second TV advertising typhoon, which in fact began last week, to boost the candidate’s dismal 4th place standing in the polls despite already spending $1.6 million on a storm of TV ads earlier in the year.

Now with a nearly unlimited supply of cash being plowed into a non-stop TV ad barrage, Rauner may turn the so far stagnant GOP governor primary into a rout.

Stay tuned.


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About David Ormsby

David, a Huffington Post blogger and an ex-Press Secretary of the Illinois Democratic Party, is a public relations strategist in Illinois.

One comment

  1. I’m not sold on Rauer due to his ties to Mengele brother Rahm. The last thing this state needs is another big government progressive which from all indications Rauer seems to be. I hope I’m wrong we need to get Quinn out of office, but more importantly we need a.Governor that will protect the state from demands of Chicago which maybe the next Detroit due to corrupt liberal policies. I don’t pity the citizens of Chicago they kept voting in Daley and they will do the same with Emanuel. Let them pay for it.

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