State pols downplay biz groups' end run

Hinz, Greg
March 2004
Crain's Chicago Business;3/15/2004, Vol. 27 Issue 11, p39
Illinois' legislative leaders are putting the best face on a move by major business groups to reclaim control of their campaign cash. But the move has the potential to deprive Republicans of a traditional funding source, political observers say. Traditionally, business spends tens of millions of dollars each election year, donating most of it to political action committees run by the Republican and, to a lesser degree, Democratic heads of the Illinois House and Senate. But under the new policy announced last week, much of that money will be diverted to a new advocacy organization that will use phone banks and mailed fliers to directly inform the public about candidates' views on taxes and other business-related issues most of the new group's money will be spent helping pro-business GOP candidates.


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