Letter to the Editor: Campaign Coordination Questioned
"Drury and Madigan Were Both Named in the Complaint Filed with Illinois State Board of Elections Alleging Illegal Campaign Coordination," according to writer.
Drury and Madigan Were Both Named in the Complaint Filed with Illinois State Board of Elections Alleging Illegal Campaign Coordination:
Democratic candidate for State Representative Scott Drury claimed he would work to clean up state government, but a recently filed complaint with the Illinois State Board of Elections alleges Drury has engaged in illegal campaign coordination with Democratic Party Chairman Michael Madigan.
State Law prohibits committees making independent expenditures from directly coordinating with campaigns, but this week both the Democratic Party of Illinois and the Democratic Majority PAC made independent expenditures on behalf of Scott Drury. Prior to these independent expenditures, the Democratic Majority PAC has provided Drury with over $30,000 of direct assistance including staffing and polling while the Democratic Party of Illinois provided Drury with over $176,000 of direct assistance.
On Friday, one of the independent expenditures, a radio ad produced by the Democratic Majority PAC supporting the candidacy of Scott Drury was removed from the air by WBBM for lacking any factual basis.
"Scott Drury has taken over $200,000 directly from Michael Madigan and has now engaged in a sort of cover-up to hide an additional $41,000 worth of expenditures that definitely violate the non-coordination part of Illinois' ethics laws, " said Mark Shaw. "Not only were the Madigan-Drury ads found to be so blatantly false that they were pulled from the air, they were produced in violation of state ethics laws."
Furthur highlighting the fact that there was coordination, on Saturday Drury released a statement via email saying that he asked the Democratic Majority PAC to stop airing any ads on his behalf.
Frank Karkazis, Deerfield