Updated: February 19, 2014 12:29PM
An Illinois PAC backed by a coalition of unions has released a dark, hard-hitting TV spot that accuses GOP gubernatorial primary frontrunner Bruce Rauner of callously sucking funding from nursing homes “leaving seniors to suffer from malnutrition and dehydration.”
The new ad, funded by Illinois Freedom PAC, is hitting TV markets across Illinois today — including 1,100 points in Chicago. It is the second ad put out by the group, which previously bought a spot that drew links between Rauner and convicted insider Stuart Levine.
“Bruce Rauner brags that his business experience qualifies him to be governor, but what he leaves out is that his companies, such as Trans Health, prioritize corporate profits over human life,” says Michael Murray, spokesman for Illinois Freedom.
The ad accuses the private equity firm GTCR — of which Rauner was a partner until 2012 — of buying up nursing homes then stripping them to skeleton crews as patients suffered from abuse and neglect. The ad says the company that bought out the nursing homes made $1 billion in that time. The ad also cites a series of big-dollar settlements.
However, determining whether GTCR was responsible during the times when the nursing home incidents transpired is anything but simple.
Here’s the script:
Rauner’s company was accused of draining money from nursing homes, leaving seniors to suffer from malnutrition and dehydration.
Court after court ruled victims died from abuse and neglect.
Trust Bruce Rauner to be Governor?
His companies’ nursing homes made over a billion dollars.
…While seniors paid the ultimate price.
Here’s the point break-down:
-1100 in Chicago
- 600 in Champaign/Springfield
- 600 in Peoria/Bloomington
- 600 in Rockford
- No St. Louis or Davenport
On Tuesday, the Illinois Freedom PAC reported a $250,000 donation from the American Federation of Teachers Committee on Political Education. That was on top of another more than $1.2 million that poured in from public sector unions last week. SEIU, Illinois PAC for Education and Illinois Federation of Teachers were among the big-money contributors.
The Sun-Times on Feb. 7 first reported that the “shock and awe” campaign against Rauner was launching with at least $2 million of TV ad buys as well as targeted mailers to GOP voters. The groups opposing Rauner are betting their timing is in sync with voters who are just now paying close attention in advance of the March 18 primary.