Republican Watch –
Jack Dorgan became Chairman of the Illinois Republican Party on June 1st.
Former Chairman Pat Brady left our State Party so weakened, divided and in such disarray that many assumed there was nowhere to go but up. Those folks were naïve.
Financial disclosure reports for the quarter-ended June 30 were due from all state political committees at the Illinois Board of Elections on Monday, July 15. First of all, the Illinois Republican Party filed its report a day late. The party told the Board of Elections the delay was because of a “change in leadership” and a “complete change in staff.”
It’s certainly true that Dorgan is new as Chairman, but he’s been a member of the State Central Committee for many years. Also, the organization’s Treasurer hasn’t changed. For many years that’s been State Senator Dave Syverson, who has also been a long-time member of the State Central Committee.
My guess is the filing date just snuck-up and someone forgot to file. It happens. But put aside the relatively trivial matter of a late filing – the real issue is fundraising which already shows signs of going from bad to worse.
The Illinois Republican Party’s state PAC received no individual contributions in the second quarter of this year. Zero. Dorgan continued Pat Brady’s lousy record of fundraising. The state PAC also received zero in individual donations for the first quarter of this year while Brady was in charge.
Also, $15,000 was transferred from the political committee of the Stark County GOP ($5,000 in the second quarter and $10,000 in July). This transfer appears to represent a closing of the loop on a money funneling scheme whereby Chicago billionaires Anne and Ken Griffin made a number of $20,000 contributions to local Republican organizations back in late 2011 and early 2012. In most cases a big chunk of that $20,000 was soon kicked-up to the State Party and the local organization kept the rest (typically $5,000).
This scheme, orchestrated by then Chairman Pat Brady and his then Executive Director (now Congressman) Rodney Davis was clearly designed to get more cash to the state party while “massaging” state law on individual contribution limits.