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Giannoulias to Hold Rallies Across Illinois Today

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Giannoulias to Hold Rallies Across Illinois Today

 

Chicago, IL – U.S. Senate nominee Alexi Giannoulias will meet with supporters at Get Out The Vote rallies in Marion, Springfield, and Peoria during a pre-election statewide tour

Today, November 1. Giannoulias will end the day with an election eve rally at Athena Restaurant in Chicago. See details below: 

WHAT: GOTV rally with U.S. Senate nominee Alexi Giannoulias
WHERE: Williamson County Regional Airport (Main Terminal), 10400 Terminal Dr., Marion
WHEN: Today, November 1, 9:45 A.M.

WHAT: GOTV rally with U.S. Senate nominee Alexi Giannoulias
WHERE: Springfield Capital Airport (East side – Main Terminal), 1200 Capital Airport Dr., Springfield
WHEN: Today, November 1, 11:30 A.M.

WHAT: GOTV rally with U.S. Senate nominee Alexi Giannoulias
WHERE: Peoria Airport (Main Terminal, Conference Room basement), 6100 W. Everett McKinley Dirksen Parkway, Peoria
WHEN: Today, November 1, 1:30 P.M.

WHAT: Election eve rally with U.S. Senate nominee Alexi Giannoulias
WHERE: Athena Restaurant, 212 S. Halsted St., Chicago
WHEN: Today, November 1, 8:30 P.M.

Alexi for Illinois Campaign: 100% of Secret cash goes to help Kirk “buy” Senate Seat

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Kirk relies on out-of-state cash, politician to fund smears in final days

 

(From Alexi for Illinois campaign) 

                                     

Congressman Mark Kirk is relying on secret money raised by undisclosed corporate donors and a visit by an out-of-state politician to save his campaign, while Alexi Giannoulias rallies voters with hometown hero, U.S. President Barack Obama.

President Obama stumped with Giannoulias again on Sunday morning as both greeted voters at Valois Restaurant in Hyde Park. The President joined Giannoulias and other candidates on Saturday night for a Get-Out-The-Vote rally that was attended by 35,000 people supportive of their efforts to fix the economy, create jobs and move our country forward. The President and Giannoulias also discussed the shadowy corporate contributions raised to fund false and negative attacks against Giannoulias in the final days of the campaign.

“The President and I talked this morning about the secret, undisclosed, out-of-state money, 100 percent of which has gone to help Congressman Kirk,” Giannoulias said. “The President is here to stand with me and say that Illinois voices should decide this election, not out-of-state money. It’s not about Democrat vs. Republican, it’s about right vs. wrong.” 

As the Chicago Tribune and Bloomberg News reported this weekend, Congressman Kirk has been the sole beneficiary of the more than $6 million spent by secret, undisclosed special interests that have poured into Illinois to smear Giannoulias.

“Congressman Kirk thinks he can sit back as secret corporate donors run false and negative ads on his behalf and think that voters will suddenly begin to trust him,” said Alexi for Illinois spokesman Scott Burnham. “Unfortunately for Kirk, the people of Illinois aren’t buying it.”

This troubling trend demonstrates the influence of undisclosed corporate special interests that have been able to skirt campaign finance laws and use tainted dollars to launch false and negative attacks. Those outside groups have bankrolled these false attacks on behalf of Kirk’s campaign in an effort to protect their profits at the expense of the middle-class.

According to the articles, anonymous campaign cash from political operative Karl Rove and his Crossroads GPS organization as well as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have funneled in $6.2 million into the race to pollute Illinois airwaves with misleading ads.

“This tainted money trail leads right to Mark Kirk who is beholden to Karl Rove and other secret corporate donors who want to repeal President Obama’s efforts to crack down on Wall Street’s unscrupulous practices that contributed to our nation’s economic downfall and reinstate tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas,” Burnham said. “We can’t them let buy this seat and take it away from the people of Illinois.”

Unlike Kirk’s anonymous corporate donors, every single contributor to Giannoulias’ campaign is disclosed to the public.

Last week, Giannoulias made a choice to run completely positive ads by his campaign for until Election Day, but Kirk refused do the same.

“Illinois voters are sick of Karl Rove and Mark Kirk politics. Both are funded with millions of corporate special interest money and both aren’t afraid to lie when it suits their political ambitions,” Burnham said. “That’s why voters don’t trust Mark Kirk.”

What they’re saying about Kirk

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Kirk: Thoughtful, Independent  

                    

Congressional Quarterly Vote Rating 2009: Mark Kirk’s voting record rated at 50% on presidential support (i.e. exact center of the House of Representatives). 

Republicans for Environmental Protection Endorsement: “Mark Kirk is a proven leader in safeguarding our environment and an outstanding steward of our country’s natural heritage.  Congressman Kirk’s are routinely among the top scores on our environmental scorecard and in 2009 REP was pleased to honor him as the Greenest Republican in Congress.”

 Republican Majority for Choice Endorsement: “Congressman Mark Kirk has a proven record of fighting for women’s health and is a strong supporter of a woman’s right to choose.  Republican Majority for Choice is proud to endorse Mark Kirk for U.S. Senate because of his long-standing support for reproductive rights.” 

Chicago Tribune Endorsement, 10/7/10: “And for 10 years in the U.S. House he has voted as what he says he is: a social moderate, fiscal conservative and national security hawk. Watch on the video as Kirk rips through the long list of issues on which he’s voted against the conservative line — health insurance for kids, stem cell research, predatory lending, campaign finance reform and so on. You’re struck less by where you agree or disagree than by the totality of what you know about his temperament. Kirk has been his own counsel, not his party’s robot.”

Daily Herald Endorsement, 10/12/10: “We have admired Kirk’s knowledge of the issues and his willingness to shake the shackles of partisanship and look at issues from a broad perspective. He is, indeed, ‘Mr. Independent.’”

Moline Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Endorsement, 10/24/10: “Unlike recent conservative GOP candidates for U.S. Senate from Illinois , we suspect Rep. Kirk more closely aligns with the majority of Illinois voters. He is a social moderate, a fiscal conservative and a military hawk.”

Bloomington Pantagraph Endorsement, 10/17/10: “Kirk has been effective in Congress working with both sides of the aisle. He has demonstrated leadership in the House and would be better able to hit the ground running in the Senate.”

Peoria Journal Star Endorsement, 10/16/10: “Mark Kirk is a thoughtful, independent, moderate conservative in a Washington that has too few of those, and he gets our solid endorsement.”

 Pioneer Press Endorsement, 10/7/10: “Kirk is one of the few moderate Republicans in Washington, an endangered species, and someone with potential to represent all the constituencies of the state.”

 Belleville News-Democrat Endorsement, 10/17/10: “He has a reputation of working well with politicians on both sides of the aisle, which is preferable to the polarized, can’t-get-anything-done politics often on display. For example, Kirk says Republicans should support Democratic President Barack Obama’s proposal for a line-item veto because it’s a good idea.”

Quincy Herald-Whig Endorsement, 10/10/10: “Kirk, a moderate who has demonstrated the ability to be a consensus builder and has shown a commitment to work behind the scenes to find practical solutions to problems during his decade in Congress, is our choice.”

Southtown Star Endorsement, 10/17/10: “Kirk has shown a willingness to break with his own party on key votes…We want to send Kirk to the U.S. Senate to unwind the partisanship, to leverage his independence by swinging between both sides of the aisle. Illinoisans embrace middle-of-the-road positions, and so do most Americans. It’s called common sense. It’s called compromise.”

Lake County News-Sun Endorsement, 10/9/10: “His decade-long record has been one of service to the district and state, of a social moderate and fiscal conservative; of a Republican not in lock-step with party leaders.”

Crain’s Chicago Business Endorsement, 10/22/10: “The North Shore congressman’s support for O’Hare expansion underscores another reason we support him: a record of bucking party authority when it’s in the best interests of his constituents.”

Chicago Jewish Star Endorsement, 10/27/10: “A moderate Republican, we have long respected his independence, his work in congress, and his strong support for Israel .”

Kirk in Chicago, Peoria, Springfield, Champaign, Cahokia and Wheaton today

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Monday, November 1 

7:00 a.m.

Ogilvie Transportation Center

East of the Ogilvie train station, to the West of the Madison Street bridge

Chicago 

 

11:00 a.m. 

Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport

Upstairs Conference Room

1200 Capitol Airport Drive

Springfield

 

2:00 p.m.

Willard Airport

Flightstar Aviation

7 Airport Road

Champaign 

 

4:00 p.m.

St. Louis Downtown Airport

1680 Sauget Industrial Pkwy.

Cahokia 

 

6:00 p.m.

Wheaton Bowl

2031 North Gary Ave.

Wheaton

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