CHICAGO - During the last few weeks prior to the election, abortion rights supporters are writing checks to Illinois' pro-abortion political action committee Personal PAC. One notable check this week for $1000 is from former Republican Lieutenant Governor and 2002 gubernatorial primary candidate Corinne Wood.
Personal PAC has raised over $234,000 since June and reported close to $1 million on hand September 30.
A November 2010 Rich Miller column in the Illinois Times pointed to Personal PAC as a key reason why Bill Brady narrowly lost the governorship in 2008. Miller said a Brady campaign staffer credited Personal PAC for GOP Mark Kirk's U.S. Senate win and Brady's loss. Personal PAC's executive director Terry Cosgrove (pictured right) said their group's mailers to the North Shore successfully turned women and their husbands against Brady.
Others contend social conservatives voted for Kirk towards a Republican majority in the U.S. Senate while pro-choice women on the North Shore were just too liberal to return the favor to pro-life Brady.
Tuesday's donations to Personal PAC are listed below, Mrs. Wood's $1000 is at the bottom.
Personal PAC is heavily involved in an array of House and Senate races, including "Independent" 52nd House candidate Dee Beaubien's race against Republican David McSweeney for Beaubien's late husband's seat.
While Personal PAC's endorsements are overwhelmingly Democrats, their website indicates they are comfortable with the pro-abortion views of a few Republican House candidates - Kay Hatcher, Sidney Mathias, Sandy Cole, Patricia Fee, Tom Cross and Skip Saviano (circled below on endorsement list.) The Illinois Republican Party's platform advocates several abortion restrictions and the Democrats' upholds unlimited abortion.