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The Watchdogs: Rauner splashing cash around to help fellow Republicans

Bruce Rauner. |  Al Podgorski~Sun-Times files

Bruce Rauner. | Al Podgorski~Sun-Times files

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Updated: September 12, 2014 6:04AM



Even as he has poured $9.6 million of his own money into his campaign, Bruce Rauner, the Republican candidate for governor, has also been dipping more heavily into his personal wealth to help finance GOP candidates and groups, records show.

According to campaign records filed with the Illinois State Board of Elections:

◆ Personal contributions by Rauner and his wife, Diana, to Illinois candidates and groups have risen sharply since the first buzz about a possible Rauner campaign. From 1998 through 2011, the Rauners gave $1.1 million to Illinois political campaigns. Since 2012, they’ve made about $1.5 million in political contributions, in addition to the Rauner money that’s gone to his own campaign.

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