Emanuel doublechecks personal portfolio to ensure no unknown gun holdings
By MICHAEL SNEED email@example.com January 23, 2013 9:22PM
Moving van arrives at home Jesse Jackson, Jr., Wednesday, January 23, 2013. | John H. White~Sun-Times
Updated: February 25, 2013 12:58PM
It’s Rahmbo time!
$$$$$$$$$$ ... Mayor Rahm Emanuel is putting his money where his mouth is.
◆ Buckshot: Sneed has learned our very wealthy mayor plans to divest himself of any financial holdings he has in gun manufacturing!
◆ Backshot: Sneed called Emanuel Wednesday to see if he was going to dump such investments in his financial portfolios based on his efforts to cleanse the city pension funds of any investment in gun manufacturing and end the city’s use of investment bankers who fund assault weapons manufacturing.
◆ Response: The mayor “has asked his money managers to also review the mutual funds he owns to determine if any have holdings in these companies,” said mayoral spokeswoman Sarah Hamilton.
◆ The upshot: “If they do, he has asked them to immediately divest,” she told Sneed.
◆ The endshot: “The mayor does not own any stock in companies that manufacture or sell assault weapons.”
◆ The final shot: Emanuel is a former investment banker himself: After leaving his position as a senior adviser in the Clinton administration in 1998, Emanuel joined investment firm Wasserstein Perella & Co. It was reported he made $18.5 million in less than three years before he quit to run for Congress.
There ya go.
Pat & Bill swill...
Seat beat: Sneed hears Gov. Pat Quinn and former U.S. Commerce Secretary Bill Daley, who is eyeing Quinn’s job, traveled on the same United Airlines flight back to Chicago from the inaugural festivities Tuesday.
◆ Quinn traveled coach.
◆ Daley traveled first class.
It was a heartshot for Alex: President Barack Obama hosted a second night of partying starring Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett Tuesday night for 10,000 campaign staffers and volunteers — with all proceeds going towards a memorial fund for Alex Okrent, the Chicago campaign staffer who collapsed and died at the president’s Chicago campaign headquarters in July.
The Hillary file ...
$$$$$$$ & Bill & Hill: Now comes word of at least one thing that should make Secretary of State Hillary Clinton feel better as she recovers from her head injury: The $25 million campaign debt from her 2008 presidential campaign has just been paid off.
◆ The upshot: In fact, Clinton’s campaign fund now has a surplus of $204,832 that could ostensibly be used in a 2016 presidential run.
Ben’s pen ...
Actor/director Ben Affleck, who wore both hats in his hit film “Argo,” was so intent on making the film as accurate as possible he even wore the ‘70s clothing that belonged to the film’s protagonist: former CIA operative Tony Mendez.The Jackson file ...
Former Ald. Sandi Jackson, who is now living with her husband, former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., in their Washington, D.C., home has no plans to move back to Chicago any time soon.
She tells Sneed she’s “Lol” (laughing out loud) that anyone would interpret boxes delivered to her family home on Chicago’s South Side on Wednesday as a sign of a move.
“Lol,” she texted Sneed. “It’s stuff from Jesse’s Cong. Offices. 17 years is a lot of stuff,” added Sandi, whose husband’s future awaits the outcome of a federal probe into his financial dealings.
“Getting out a little more everyday. Slow going but so good to be with my babies,” she also texted Sneed Monday in response to the column’s report she and daughter, Jessica, went to the Kids’ Inaugural Concert at the Washington Convention Center Saturday.
Sneed sources claim Jesse is continuing with his psychological therapy and Sandi is hoping to find work in Washington based on her skills as a lawyer. Her two children, Jessica and Jesse III, are reportedly happy in school there and feeling the support of the students and teachers.
Thursday’s birthdays: Neil Diamond, 72; Mary Lou Retton, 45; and Dave Druker, 60.