Governor Pritzker’s Favorite Ad Buyer Scores Coronavirus Contract Worth Hundreds of Thousands Dollars

Governor Pritzker’s Favorite Ad Buyer Scores Coronavirus Contract Worth Hundreds of Thousands Dollars

A pattern is beginning to emerge of vendors with close ties to Governor Pritzker being awarded coronavirus related contracts.

June 15, 2020

Governor Pritzker is playing favorites again. The same ad buyer that received more than $8 million from the Governor’s campaign during the 2018 election cycle scored a $395,000 coronavirus related contract with the state of Illinois.

According to reports, GMMB Inc., a national Democratic ad firm based in Washington, DC., was hired by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency to buy ad time for COVID-19 public service announcements.

A pattern is beginning to emerge of vendors with close ties to Governor Pritzker being awarded coronavirus related contracts. Most recently, the same contractor that is responsible for ripping toilets out of Pritzker’s Gold Coast mansion so the Governor could get a property tax break and trekking over the Wisconsin border to build a new mansion on the Pritzker’s horse farm during the Governor’s stay-at-home order, received millions in contracts to convert former medical facilities into coronavirus acute-care sites in Illinois. It has also been reported that Governor Pritzker’s family company, The Pritzker Group, invested in a company that was awarded a $13 million contract by the federal government to develop a test for COVID-19.

Illinois residents have seen this time and time again from their elected officials when vendors with close ties to politicians receive taxpayer funded contracts. The Pritzker Administration is not unlike the others. The lack of transparency surrounding these contracts is deeply concerning and reeks of politics as usual in Illinois.

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