Daily dose: Local history (Champaign police misconduct 50 years ago), Why no access to Boehner here?, David Gill's conference call
In 1912, at a political rally held last night at the University Club, three speakers presented the views of the three presidential candidates resulting in a straw vote of 39 for Woodrow Wilson, 26 for Theodore Roosevelt and 11 for President William Howard Taft.
In 1962, six Champaign police officers resigned after they were alleged to have stolen small items while on their regular night shift patrols. The thefts, according to Police Chief Harvey Shirley, were all of a minor nature involving such items as “screwdrivers, wrenches, cigars, antifreeze,” he said. The officers involved were John Spuck, Carter Jones, Marlin Smock, Dennis Overman, Floyd Mingee and Barry Gregory. All were asked to resign or face formal charges against them with the Police and Fire Commission. All resigned. Some of the officers who have been charged implicated other members of the police force in statements. Shirley said he had not been able to question those implicated “but I intend to find out if there are anymore. I plan to clean up everything that I possibly can.”
This is interesting
Local Republicans and Republican congressional candidate Rodney Davis' staff insisted there could be no news media coverage of Speaker John Boehner's appearance in Champaign Friday night at a high-end fundraiser for Davis. It was insinuated that it was Boehner's call.
But there were no restrictions in the Quad Cities Thursday when Boehner appeared on behalf of U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling.
I'm thinking the Davis people didn't want photos of their candidate with Boehner. Those would have cast doubt on Davis' insistence that he wouldn't be reluctant to vote against Boehner if he wanted to.
Or maybe those photos woudl have played right into the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's tagline about "insider Rodney Davis."
From the Quad Cities Times ...
U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling, R-Ill., declared himself a proud foot soldier in House Speaker John Boehner’s army here Thursday, welcoming the Ohio Republican’s help in a tough battle for the 17th Congressional District seat.
At a noon fundraiser at Tennant Truck Lines in Colona, Schilling contrasted his embrace of the Republican speaker with rival Cheri Bustos’ appearance at an event in Chicago earlier this month with former Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California.
“Some people are ashamed to bring their Speaker into Illinois’ 17th District,” Schilling said. “I’m proud to bring Speaker John Boehner to the Illinois 17th District. I’m proud to stand by his side to slow government control and bureaucracy.”
Boehner praised Schilling as a “what you see is what you get” kind of guy, but he spent most of his time tearing into President Barack Obama.
13th District spending
Thursday was a relatively quiet day for new spending by "independent" goups in the 13th Congressional District race. Only the New Prosperity Foundation reported a new amont, about $40,000 for anti-David Gill radio ads and phone calls.
New Prosperity has put about $160,000 into opposing the Bloomington Democrat.
Total independent spending in the 13th District race is now over $3.5 million.
More on Gill's odd conference call
The State Journal-Register ...
Facing accusations that he is breaking a pledge not to not take corporate interest money for his campaign, Democratic congressional candidate David Gill said Thursday a national Democratic group’s “grass-roots” fund is helping to pay for a TV ad.
Gill, a Bloomington physician, has made it a linchpin of his campaign that he will not “take a penny from Wall Street bankers or big corporations.”
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee accepts such funds, and Gill has said he had no control over third-party ads that the DCCC has been sponsoring on his behalf.
This week, however, Gill began running an ad that says such donations are like “legalized bribery.” The ad disclaimer says it is paid for by both the DCCC and Gill’s campaign.
The National Republican Campaign Committee and Gill’s Republican opponent in the 13th Congressional District, Rodney Davis of Taylorville, have both called Gill’s action hypocrisy.
In a conference call with reporters Thursday, Gill said the DCCC has a special grass-roots fund.
“All the money raised by the DCCC for the ad (comes) from online/grassroots donors, not PACs, lobbyists or corporations,” he said.
From the Daily Pantagraph ...
Democrat David Gill insisted Thursday that he has not broken his pledge against taking campaign money from Wall Street bankers and big corporations.
The emergency room physician from Bloomington, who is seeking a seat in Congress representing Illinois’ 13th District, said the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee used only money from small donors — not the DCCC’s corporate contributors — to help him finance a new TV ad.
“All the money raised by the DCCC for the ad came from online or grass-roots donors, not PACs, lobbyists or corporations,” Gill said during a conference call Thursday.
In the ad, Gill says, “My campaign doesn’t take a penny from Wall Street bankers or big corporations.”
At the end of the piece, however, there is a tagline noting that the ad was approved by Gill and partially financed by the DCCC — which does take money from corporate donors.
The Illinois Republican Party says Gill “broke one of his most longstanding campaign pledges: his often repeated line to not take a penny of corporate money.”
Gill, who faces Republican Rodney Davis of Taylorville and independent John Hartman of Edwardsville on the Nov. 6 ballot, told reporters that he was “outraged” over the GOP response and was unaware the ad and its funding source would become controversial.
“I didn’t think this was going to be an issue,” said Gill, who has made the campaign finance pledge a key piece of his fourth campaign for Congress.
In March, for example, he bashed his primary election opponent for accepting DCCC money.
On Thursday, Gill abruptly hung up the phone before the reporters were done asking questions.
From WCIA News ...
SPRINGFIELD - Dr. David Gill defended an ad Thursday that was funded in part by his campaign and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
The ad is positive, but it appears to go against a promise Gill directly makes in the ad, claiming his campaign hasn't taken a penny from Wall Street.
The DCCC gets some funding from corporations and national political action committees.
When asked about the ad after a debate Wednesday night in Normal, Gill had to huddle with a staffer to formulate a response.
Then in a conference call with reporters on Thursday, Gill said the DCCC used a special grassroots fund to pay for the ad, without any money from corporations.
A spokeswoman for the DCCC confirmed the money came from grassroots donors and not corporations. She could not however say how the money is kept separate and if there is a separate grassroots fund.
During the primary, Gill faced an opponent funded by the DCCC. At the time he criticized the committee for being funded by corporations including Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley.
When pressed by reporters during the call, Gill couldn't name the fund. He also said he had a meeting and left the call unannounced.