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Candidates Duckworth, Krishnamoorthi trade charges of desperation

Tammy Duckworth’s congressional campaign raised concerns Friday that supporters of rival Raja Krishnamoorthi have started up a “SuperPac” to raise money to run television commercials in support of his bid for Congress in the northwest suburbs.

Duckworth’s political strategist Pete Giangreco asked in a conference call with reporters Friday whether the SuperPac — “Suburban Voters for Choice” — might solocit money from “Big Oil” or “Wall Street” to run negative ads against Duckworth. That would be “unprecedented” in a Democratic primary in Illinois, Giangreco said.

Superpac Treasurer Michael Vainisi, who served as Finance Director of Krishnamoorthi’s run for state comptoller two years ago, laughed at Giangreco’s suggestion.

“This is going to be individual contributors, no corporate money,” Vainisi said. “Some of Raja’s supporters were interested in leveling the playing field since Tammy has outside money coming from Washington.”

Duckworth’s camp suggested Krishnamoorthi’s camp is getting “desperate” because she outraised him $335,000 to $140,000 in January and February.

Krishnamoorthi’s camp responded that they have as much cash on hand for the last week because her campaign spends money faster than theirs and that’s what prompted the “desperate” conference call with reporters Friday.

— Abdon M. Pallasch

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