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Rauner Gives Money But Doesn't Control the Message

Governor Bruce Rauner has given millions to the Republican Party since being elected. But he doesn’t feel as though he has much to do with content of direct mail pieces that go to voters in districts. The Republican Party sent out a downstate mailer that linked a Democrat House candidate to a convicted sex offender. 

The mailer connects Mike Mathis and a former State Rep. Keith Farnham, an Elgin Democrat who is serving an eight year prison term for distributing child pornography. Mathis was the Chairman of the Illinois Democratic Party, Farnham a Democratic lawmaker at the same time. Rauner says it’s important to spend money on political races and he doesn’t have a say on what happens with it..

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