BRADY: STOP TAINTED AFSCME DEAL
Quinn Must Publicly Disclose Any New Campaign Donations by Union Leadership
Republican Gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady today asked members of a prominent Chicago business organization to help Illinois stop Governor Pat Quinn's questionable, eleventh hour deal limiting the state's options for solving its fiscal crisis and record unemployment levels.
"It smacks of the same pay-to-play that Illinois citizens are so tired of," Brady said.
Brady told members of the Civic Federation that the timing of the controversial deal with AFSCME leadership raised serious ethical questions, and said the Governor should immediately reveal any campaign contributions received by the union.
"Pat Quinn's record of questionable campaign contributions and deal making requires that he immediately disclose to the public any new campaign contributions from the same AFCME leaders with whom he's negotiating this eleventh-hour agreement," Brady said.
Quinn refused to disclose the information when asked by reporters on Thursday. Public records show Quinn has received $75,000 from the union in recent years. Additional contributions are expected following the endorsement.
"Signing an agreement with union leaders to lock in state pay hikes and job guarantees knowing that union leaders are potentially filling up his political campaign coffers shows Pat Quinn is no different from the same political insiders he once protested.
"Unfortunately, this is part of a disturbing pattern from Pat Quinn, a pattern he probably learned at the foot of the insider deal master, Rod Blagojevich," Brady said. "If Pat Quinn signs this questionable agreement, there should be an investigation."
Reports earlier this week revealed that Quinn's office and AFSCME, the state's largest employee union, struck a deal at almost the same time the union endorsed the governor's election bid.
Quinn brought State Budget Director David Vaught into the meetings, a move one watchdog group said, "blurs the line" between politics and government. The 2-year deal calls for state buildings to remain open and no layoffs to take effect in exchange for promises of some future budget cuts. It has been called "outrageous" and denounced by newspaper editorial boards across the state.
This spring, serious questions were raised about Quinn's veto against McCormick Place reforms while receiving $75,000 in campaign contributions from connected unions.
Brady (R-Bloomington) is a small business owner who has represented his community as state Senator since 2002. He is running for governor to bring a clean break to Illinois and build a job-growing environment. More information can be found at www.bradyforillinois.com.