CHICAGO - Did GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner buy the Cook County GOP endorsement? That is what State Senator Kirk Dillard's campaign suggested over the weekend, writing: "There’s only one explanation -- the Bruce Rauner money machine was at work again. Only in Illinois would the legitimate concerns of rank-and-file, grassroots republicans be dismissed so brazenly. Welcome back, pay-to-play!"
Illinois Review has been looking into the allegation. The Illinois State Board of Elections shows that up until September 30, the Rauner campaign reported writing 58 checks to local Republican organizations, totaling $89,500 in contributions.
Only eight of those contributions were to Cook County Republican-affiliated organizations, including those in New Trier, Schaumburg and Palatine Townships. Rauner also donated to the Northwest Suburban Republicans Lincoln Day Dinner and to the group's Family Picnic. He gave $10,500 to the Chicago Young Republicans.
A list of the other organizations can be found HERE. Campaign expenditures and transfers for October through December will be reported to the ISBE in January 2014.