With twenty states now investigating ACORN/SEIU and the vast majority of US House and US Senate members voting to end all federal tax dollars going to the ACORN/SEIU organizations, it's notable that Illinois -- where ACORN and the employee union local it founded -- Service Employees International Union Local 880 -- is one of the only states where no such investigation is known to be ongoing.
Perhaps there's a very good reason why ACORN/SEIU isn't being investigated here. It may be that Illinois is unique in that ACORN/SEIU has not been involved in illegal activities or affiliation. Or it may have something to do where the SEIU has directed its political campaign dollars and where its election day work takes place.
Illinois State Board of Elections records shows since it began tracking contributions online, SEIU has given in excess of $12 million to Illinois political campaigns, including those of Governor Rod Blagojevich, Governor Pat Quinn, Secretary of State Jesse White, State Comptroller (and gubernatorial candidate) Dan Hynes, IL House Speaker (and Democratic Party Chairman) Mike Madigan and his top lieutenant Barbara Flynn Currie.
In addition, and perhaps very importantly, ACORN/SEIU campaign dollars played a huge part in several law enforcers' campaigns -- including Attorney General Lisa Madigan, a small amount in former Cook County State's Attorney Dick Devine, much more to current State's Attorney Anita Alvarez', as well as current Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart's.
ACORN/SEIU also helped a state candidate named Barack Obama on several occasions, beginning in 1995 and last listed to be in 2000, giving him $2750.
Below are ISBE contribution totals to these elected officials from the SEIU listings only:
Top elected officials
Former Governor Rod Blagojevich -- $538, 963.00
Current Governor Patrick Quinn -- $30, 750.00 (Quinn was endorsed last week by SEIU for governor over fellow Democratic candidate Dan Hynes)
State Comptroller (and 2010 Democratic candidate for governor) Dan Hynes -- $38,200.00
Secretary of State Jesse White -- $192, 427.00
House Speaker Mike Madigan -- $97,450.00
Law enforcement officials
- Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan -- $223, 460.00
- Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart -- $107, 138.00
former Cook County State's Attorney Richard Devine -- $1250.00
Current Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez -- $31, 433.00
More to come ...