Republican Mark Kirk raised more money for his 2010 Senate run than Democrat Alexi Giannoulias, $1.6 million to $1.1 million.
This is Illinois, not Texas...it's a big deal.
In a press release, the Giannoulias campaign is spinning the news, claiming the Chicagoan "is the first U.S. Senate candidate in Illinois history to refuse contributions from corporate PACs and federal lobbyists." It goes on to state that Kirk, who has represented a Chicago North Shore district since 2001, has received over $3 million in political action committee money.
But the Center for Responsive Politics reports that Giannoulias, who is Illinois' treasurer, collected over $500,000 from PACs from 2006-2008, and for his US Senate run, Alexi has collected over $18,000 in PAC cash.
You see, Giannoulias has not sworn off PAC money from labor unions. And last month the Democrat sought and received the endorsement of the Service Employees International Union, which until recently had close ties to disgraced community organizing group ACORN.
So Alexi denounces Kirk. Will he also blow the whistle on Sen. Dick Durbin? He accepts PAC dough. How about Democratic congressmen Bill Foster and Mike Quigley? Not only do they accept PAC donations, they've endorsed Giannoulias Senate run.
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