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The Watchdogs: Illinois’ 50 richest political war chests

Ald. Edward M. Burke (14th) has three 50 richest political funds Illinois. Rahm Emanuel ended 2010 with more money than

Ald. Edward M. Burke (14th) has three of the 50 richest political funds in Illinois. Rahm Emanuel ended 2010 with more money than any other politician in Illinois.

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Updated: May 31, 2011 4:47AM



One hundred and four million dollars — that’s how much money sat in the 3,507 campaign funds controlled by state and local politicians and political-action committees at the end of 2010, Illinois State Board of Elections records show.

The richest campaign fund: Rahm Emanuel’s. The Chicago mayoral candidate ended the year with more than $8.3 million available to spend on things like commercials, polling and his campaign staff.

Not far behind at No. 2 on the richest-campaign list was Ald. Edward M. Burke (14th), with three of the 50 richest political funds statewide, together totaling $8.1 million.

Gov. Quinn ended the year with $689,678 in the bank after his November election.

Democrats control 31 of the 50 richest political war chests. Republicans have six.

Some politicians still have plenty of money in their campaign accounts even though they aren’t running for anything — and, in some cases, haven’t for years. Former Gov. Jim Edgar, for instance, left office in January 1999 — but still had $579,369 in his campaign account, state records show. And Mayor Daley — who leaves office in May and hasn’t raised any money since 2007 — had more than $1.2 million in his campaign fund. The rules on how former office-holders can spend any campaign money they still have vary depending on when they held office and when the money came in.

These are the 50 richest state campaign funds and PACs in Illinois (the list doesn’t include federal campaigns or PACs, which are overseen by the Federal Election Commission):

ORGANIZATION / DESCRIPTION / AMOUNT

1. Chicago for Rahm Emanuel / Mayoral candidate, Chicago Democrat / $8,337,872

2. Friends of Edward M. Burke / 14th Ward alderman and Democratic committeeman / $6,606,966

3. Stand for Children Illinois PAC / Education PAC / $2,876,000

4. Citizens for Lisa Madigan / Attorney general, Chicago Democrat / $2,471,329

5. Gery Chico for Mayor / Mayoral candidate, Chicago Democrat / $2,013,272

6. Illinois State Medical Society PAC / Doctors’ PAC / $1,848,264

7. Illinois Hospital Association PAC / PAC / $1,378,800

8. Personal PAC Inc. / Abortion-rights PAC / $1,361,166

9. Richard M. Daley Campaign Committee / Mayor, Chicago Democrat / $1,265,013

10. Friends of Ray Suarez / 31st Ward alderman, Democrat / $1,029,207

11. RPAC / Realtors’ PAC / $1,009,617

12. Roofers’ Political, Educational & Legislative Fund PAC / PAC / $980,016

13. Ameren Illinois PAC / Energy company PAC / $920,324

14. Citizens for Mike Smith / State representative (D-Pekin) / $885,140

15. Citizens for Alexi Giannoulias / Former state treasurer, Chicago Democrat / $868,877

16. Citizens for Gene Schulter / 47th Ward Democratic committeeman, retiring alderman / $860,220

17. For a Better Chicago PAC / PAC / $855,000

18. 14th Ward Regular Democratic Org. / Chaired by Ald. Edward M. Burke (14th) / $847,772

19. Citizens for Roger Claar / Bolingbrook mayor, Republican / $778,391

20. Citizens for Lou Lang / State representative (D-Skokie) / $771,477

21. Citizens for Emil Jones / Former Senate president (D-Chicago) / $747,767

22. Taxpayers for Pat Quinn / Governor, Chicago Democrat / $689,678

23. The Burnham Committee / PAC run by Ald. Edward M. Burke (14th) / $672,835

24. James “Pate” Philip Campaign Fund / Former Senate president (R-Wood Dale) / $664,870

25. Citizens for Jesse White / Secretary of state, Chicago Democrat / $647,753

26. Friends of Todd H. Stroger / Former Cook County Board president, Chicago Democrat / $613,220

27. Citizens for Michael F. Sheahan / Former Cook County sheriff, Chicago Democrat / $612,724

28. 13th Ward Democratic Organization / Chaired by House Speaker Michael J. Madigan, also 13th Ward Democratic committeeman / $611,437

29. Friends of James Clayborne / State senator (D-East St. Louis) / $604,462

30. Citizens for Jim Edgar / Former governor, Republican / $579,369

31. River North PAC / Chaired by ex-Ald. Burton Natarus (42nd), Democrat / $566,357

32. Citizens for Judy Baar Topinka / State comptroller, Riverside Republican / $552,856

33. Friends of Michael J. Madigan / Illinois House speaker (D-Chicago) / $544,305

34. Citizens for Brendan Reilly / 42nd Ward alderman, Democrat / $519,447

35. Committee to Elect James A. DeLeo / Former state senator (D-Chicago) / $503,734

36. Citizens for Larry Bomke / State senator (R-Springfield) / $487,862

37. Supporters of Jack D. Franks / State representative (D-Woodstock) / $462,609

38. Credit Union Political Action Council PAC / PAC / $461,028

39. Democratic Party of Illinois / Chaired by House Speaker Michael J. Madigan / $431,718

40. Committee to Re-Elect Larry R. Rogers Jr. / Cook County Board of Review member, Chicago Democrat / $412,465

41. Citizens For David Orr / Cook County clerk, Chicago Democrat / $399,475

42. Cable Television & Communication Assn. PAC / PAC / $394,449

43. Citizens for John Cullerton / Illinois Senate president (D-Chicago) / $389,834

44. Committee to Elect Jay C. Hoffman / Former state representative (D-Collinsville) / $383,682

45. IPACE (Illinois PAC for Education) / PAC / $381,696

46. Bradley A. Stephens Committeeman Fund / Rosemont mayor, Republican / $379,764

47. Illinois Federation of Teachers COPE / Teachers’ union PAC / $376,844

48. Friends of Bill Haine / State senator (D-Alton) / $376,438

49. Chicago Federation of Labor & Industrial Union Council PAC / PAC / $372,179

50. Friends of William J.P. Banks / 36th Ward Democratic committeeman, former alderman / $369,860



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