CHICAGO - Chicago businessman Bruce Rauner is not only writing large checks to fund his own bid to be the GOP's nominee for governor in 2014, he and his wife Diana are investing in Illinois House candidates and bolstering local GOP organizations' coffers.
Records (below) show that since January 1, 2014, Rauner has written 38 checks, totaling just shy of $4,000,000. So far this year, he has donated $3.8 million to his own campaign, and almost $200,000 to House Republican candidates and local Republican organizations.
He's donated to several Republican candidates who are not facing primary challengers. They include: 46th HD GOP candidate Heidi Holan, 62nd HD's Rod Drobinski, 59th HD's Leslie Munger, 61st HD's Sheri Jesiel, 55th HD's Mel Thillens and 79th HD's Glenn Nixon. Each received $5,300 checks from both Rauner and his wife Diana.
Rauner has also weighed in on several contested GOP primary contests, including: 50th House District candidate Keith Wheeler in a 4-way race, State Rep. John Anthony in 75th HD's two-way primary, Mark Batinick in the 97th HD's three-way GOP primary and Margo McDermed in the 37th HD's three-way race.
In addition, since January Rauner has written checks to several GOP organizations, and to Jack Roeser's Renaissance PAC. He wrote 58 checks to local Republican organizations in 2013, as Illinois Review reported previously: