Betsy Londrigan Rails Against Corporate Influence in Politics Despite Taking in Tens of Thousands from Corporate Lobbyists

Betsy Londrigan Rails Against Corporate Influence in Politics Despite Taking in Tens of Thousands from Corporate Lobbyists

Betsy Londrigan is a hypocrite.

July 29, 2020

Upon releasing her third quarter fundraising numbers, Democrat Betsy Londrigan issued a press release touting her pledge to not accept corporate campaign donations. However, public records have revealed that her campaign has received at least $82,000 in campaign contributions from corporate lobbyists and executives.

Perhaps Londrigan believes the more you say something the truer it becomes because this isn’t the first time Londrigan has touted her no corporate campaign contributions pledge. Londrigan has even gone so far as to pen an op-ed on the subject. All of this bragging while she took in campaign contributions from corporate lobbyists.

If being a hypocrite wasn’t bad enough, of the $82,000 Londrigan received,  nearly $10,000was from close friends of Speaker Mike Madigan who have been linked to the federal investigation into bribery implicating Madigan.

Betsy Londrigan is a hypocrite. Londrigan continues to brag about her no corporate money pledge to pretend like she’s fighting against special interests, but in reality her campaign receives contributions directly from corporate lobbyists and executives. Londrigan’s no corporate money pledge is nothing more than political rhetoric and a hollow promise to the families of Central Illinois. – Kayleen Carlson, executive director of Illinois Rising Action.

From WCIA:

Since launching her bid for Congress, Dirksen Londrigan has accepted at least $82,930 in campaign contributions from corporate lobbyists, including some who have represented pharmaceutical companies, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, gambling companies, red light camera companies, suburban municipal governments, telecommunications giant AT&T and utility company ComEd.

…The donations from ComEd and AT&T lobbyists in particular came under scrutiny after ComEd agreed to pay a $200 million fine to avoid federal bribery charges last Friday, and federal agents delivered a subpoena to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s office searching for documents related to AT&T and its lobbying practices.

…It remains unclear which of Madigan’s former associates are under federal scrutiny. For example, Tom Cullen ended his stint lobbying for ComEd in 2007, two years prior to when the feds say the scheme began. Cullen would later register as a lobbyist for AT&T; subpoenas filed with Madigan’s office show federal investigators are looking into AT&T’s lobbying practices as well.

Heather Wier Vaught was registered as a ComEd lobbyist in 2019, but her time there came well after the statehouse passed legislation that benefited ComEd in 2017. Other former Madigan associates Will Cousineau, Mike McClain and Michael Alvarez also lobbied for ComEd.

Together, the group donated a combined total of $9,350 to Dirksen Londrigan’s campaign.

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