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Van Pelt Campaign Supported by Rauner Anti-Union Group

Posted by Admin On February - 26 - 2016
New Mail Piece by Conservative PAC a Declaration of War on Sen. President Cullerton, Democratic Party

 An anti-union political action committee affiliated with Gov. Rauner has declared war on John Cullerton and is supporting Patricia Van Pelt with direct mail pieces that indicate her support of a Democratic agenda is a sham.

“We can expect a lot more anti-union, anti-progressive positions from Sen. Van Pelt based on this disturbing information,” said Bob Fioretti. “Either Rauner has now declared war on Senate President John Cullerton and enlisted Van Pelt, or Van Pelt has made a secret deal with Gov. Rauner.”

The PAC, Illinoisians for Growth and Opportunity, is the same political arm that has given well more than $500,000 in support of State Rep. Ken Dunkin and is supporting Jason Gonzalez in his effort to unseat House Speaker Michael Madigan. Dunkin’s support from IllinoisGO is why he abandoned the Democratic Party and his absence on a key vote allowed Gov. Rauner to take over collective bargaining.

The mail pieces sent on behalf of Van Pelt would be worth about $28,000 if sent district-wide, which is equal to the amount of money she’s taken from unions since her election in November of 2012.

“Now, political action committees controlled by the Governor have launched an effort to stop me, a progressive, from defeating Sen. Van Pelt,” Fioretti said. “We have to remember Van Pelt’s comments that she supports allowing cities to pass right-to-work legislation and wonder if an agreement to allow a state takeover of Chicago Public Schools is next.”

Rauner is funneling money from the the Walton family (Wal-Mart) through INCS Pac and his IllinoisGo to Van Pelt. INCS is a pro-charter school PAC.

“The only  possible explanation is a deal between Rauner and Van Pelt to vote for his agenda and against workers’ rights, against funding for Chicago Schools, and for increasing taxes on the middle class and the poor,” Fioretti said.

“When she came out in favor of right-to-work laws at the Sun-Times editorial board, we knew something was odd. She’s taken money from unions and mislead them, but now is ready to follow Ken Dunkin’s lead and sell out all of her supporters for money and favoritism,” Fioretti said. “She ran around backpedaling the last time this came up, but she can’t explain herself out of this.”

Van Pelt claimed she “misspoke” to the Sun-Times board when she very clearly and repeatedly said she would favor cities being able to enact right-to-work laws. Fioretti has been a staunch union supporter in all his years of public service. He supported a $15 minimum wage, marched with the Chicago Teachers Union and protested school closings.

Fioretti has been endorsed by the IVI-IPO for his record of ethical leadership and good governance. By contrast, Van Pelt was the subject of a recent investigation by the Better Government Association and has devoted most of her time to a pyramid scheme that has been roundly criticized by consumer groups and former members who lost money.


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