According to Citizens for Illinois State Comptroller Leslie Munger, “Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza has lined her campaign coffers with contributions from those doing business with her City Hall Office – now she’s bringing in even more by taking cash from those who would benefit if she is elected Illinois State Comptroller.
“As Clerk, Mendoza raised $20,000 from Clarity Partners, a firm which was awarded a city contract to allow for year-round city stickers sales. Contributions from the firm and its executives rolled in before, during and after the project, which Mendoza has touted as her greatest accomplishment – while refusing to be transparent about the conflict of interest. At the same time, Mendoza has brought in more than $40,000 in campaign contributions from city Currency Exchanges, which earn a fee in selling city stickers regulated by the Clerk.
“Now running for Comptroller, Mendoza is raking in cash from Ullico, a pension fund management firm that recently lost its contract with the state. Ullico was removed by the Illinois State Board of Investment, a committee of which the State Comptroller is a voting member.
“After two decades on taxpayer-funded payrolls, Susana Mendoza has mastered the art of making her ‘service’ pay off,” said Phil Rodriguez, spokesman for the campaign of Comptroller Leslie Munger. “Not only has she taken in $2 million in publicly funded salaries, but she’s also fueled her campaigns with cash from businesses that benefit from her being in office. Now she wants to bring her ‘Chicago Way’ back to Springfield? Enough.”
Munger joined members of the Board of Investment in withdrawing $65 million in state pension investments from Ullico, citing that in addition to charging higher fees, the company had been placed on the board’s “watch list,” because too much of its portfolio – 52 percent – was being held in cash. One month after the September, 2015, vote, Ullico began contributing to Mendoza. The firm has contributed $20,000 to Mendoza to date, including $10,000 this month alone.
“Susana Mendoza is a career politician and while she promises to be an independent Comptroller, her record of partisan politics and pay-to-play campaigns speaks for itself,” Rodriguez said. “In less than two years in office, Leslie has stood up to all sides, speaking out for fiscal responsibility while showing a commitment to human services. She brings a fresh voice that is sorely needed in Springfield.”
A former business executive and longtime human service volunteer, Munger was sworn-in as Comptroller in January, 2015. She has been enthusiastically endorsed by news outlets throughout Illinois, including: Belleville News-Democrat, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Daily Herald, Chicago Defender, Springfield Journal-Register Champaign News-Gazette, Rockford Register-Star and Quincy Herald-Whig.