Nikki ‘Clout List’ Budzinski

Nikki ‘Clout List’ Budzinski

Budzinski is a former top staffer for Governor Pritzker, who helped on board 35 Madigan allies, from Mike Madigan’s personal clout list, into prime spots in the Pritzker Administration.

August 24, 2021

Corrupt political insider and Madigan ally, Nikki Budzinski, announced her campaign for the 13th Congressional District. Congressional maps have yet to be released to the public but that isn’t stopping this political insider who has the inside track on the partisan, gerrymandered maps, thanks to her political connections.

Budzinski is a former top staffer for Governor JB Pritzker, who helped on board 35 Madigan allies, from Mike Madigan’s personal clout list, into prime spots in the Pritzker Administration.

From WBEZ:

“In December 2018, the first of the emails with these lists attached – titled “Recommendations for New Administration” — was sent by top Madigan aide Jessica Basham to Pritzker chief of staff Anne Caprara and another top aide in the governor’s office, Nikki Budzinski.

“…Soon after JB Pritzker was elected Illinois governor and in the first months of his administration, state House Speaker Michael Madigan’s top aide forwarded scores of job recommendations to Pritzker’s aides. Nearly half of them would land positions in state government. Pritzker administration officials deleted the names of those who did not get jobs from this document, which was provided to WBEZ in response to a request under the Illinois public records law.

“WBEZ compared the clout lists from Madigan to the state government’s payroll and to Pritzker’s appointments to state boards and commissions. The investigation found that at least 35 people who enjoyed Madigan’s blessing were put into prime spots in state government.”

“Nikki Budzinski is just another run-of-the-mill political insider who is more than eager to do the bidding of Mike Madigan and J.B. Pritzker, as evidenced by her participation in the ‘Clout List,’” said Kayleen Carlson, Executive Director of Illinois Rising Action. “The last thing Illinois families need is another politician who is willing to turn a blind eye to the rampant corruption and governing failures of Mike Madigan and J.B. Pritzker.”

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