CHICAGO - It is being reported that the Libertarian Party of Illinois has lodged complaints with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez over supposed intimidation tactics the Illinois Republican Party employed in an attempt to prevent the Libertarian’s slate of statewide candidates from appearing on the November ballot.
“The Illinois Republican Party’s actions, by hiring a private investigation firm such as Morrison Security Corporation to engage in deceptive and coercive tactics against the Libertarian Party’s petition gatherers and signers, are beyond outrageous,” said Ben Koyl, Libertarian Party candidate for Illinois Attorney General. “The actions by the Republicans are calculated to deprive registered voters of Illinois of their right to free and open elections. These coercive and deceptive tactics have a chilling effect in that they discourage people from signing petitions and are in violation not only of Illinois election law, but also of our First Amendment rights,” added Koyl.
Illinois Review and others have reported on this story, which was first broke by the Sun-Times.
GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner responded to questions about the reports, saying he was “outraged” and “appalled” by the behavior, and that it had nothing to do with himself or his campaign. Video below:
When asked about ties between the program and Rauner’s campaign, Rauner said: “One person did but that person as far as I know was not involved in the specific issue that was raised. That person who we paid for a specific project that was done, it was a discreet project, it had nothing to do with this other work that the state party had to do. That was completely disconnected. Our campaign has had nothing to do with the issues.”
H/T: Rich Miller