While he was busy closing public schools, shuttering public health clinics, and reaming the teachers pension fun, Rahm still found time to raise another $1.1 million last month for his election war chest. He hopes to be able to exceed the $14 million he used to buy the election the last time around.
You won't be surprised to learn that the mayor got a $10,000 gift from the group, Stand For Children, which has been promoting anti-union policies nationwide and in Chicago.
Crain's Greg Hinz reports:
Some folks who have obvious issues of importance pending at City Hall also were big donors. Like United Center owner Jerry Reinsdorf, who gave near the maximum $5,300 gift and has been waiting for Mr. Emanuel to sign off on a renewed tax break for the stadium and a proposed shopping complex near it. Or Todd Ricketts, co-owner of the Chicago Cubs, who gave $2,500 and whose family stands to gain from a plan to rebuild Wrigley Field that was pushed through the City Council by Mr. Emanuel. Then there was $3,000 from Arlington Park race track, which would be hurt by Mr. Emanuel's proposal for a downtown casino but perhaps just wants to stay on speaking terms.Hinz adds that the bulk of Rahm's money is coming from a national network of donors put together by Mr. Emanuel on behalf of Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, with the aid of Mr. Emanuel's Hollywood agent brother, Ari Emanuel.
With all that money, can Rahm be beat? I think so.