Council might be on break, but Ald. George Cardenas (12) and Ald. Ed Burke (14) can spend their time off counting contributions–the two reported the most activity since our last aldermanic contribution review in mid-July. But the biggest single aldermanic donation since July 20th was from one alderman to another: On July 23, Ald. Joe Moreno (1) transferred $10,000 to his fellow Latino Caucus member Ald. Danny Solis (25). Mayor Emanuel’s big election time donations haven’t totally let up either, he got a $25,000 boost from The Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters.
Most of the contributions to the Burnham Committee, Ald. Burke’s political action committee, are from large law firms and consulting services, including Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP ($1,500) and Locke Lord LLP ($1,500). The consulting firm reportedly lobbying on behalf of Uber in Illinois, Leinenweber, Baroni & Daffada, LLC, also contributed ($1,500) to the Burnham Committee.
Friends of George Cardenas, Ald. Cardenas’ campaign committee, drew a more diverse list of donors, including real estate firms, general contractors, financial service companies, and one elected official. Berwyn Ald. Cesar Santoy made a personal donation of $1,500 on July 21 to Ald. Cardenas (the money wasn’t filed as a transfer from Santoy’s candidate committee).
Cardenas, Chairman of the City Council’s Committee on Health and Environmental Protection, also reported contributions ($1,500) from Yards Plaza, LLC, the company behind the proposed multi-million dollar Back of the Yards Shopping Center, and two recycling companies: JLG Recycling, Inc. ($2,500) and Lakeshore Recycling Systems ($1,500).
Newly elected Ald. Anthony Napolitano (41) received $1,000 from LiUNA Chicago Area Laborers Political League, a labor organization with 20 local affiliates representing 20,000 construction workers, including many city workers. Earlier this month, Ald. Pat Dowell (3) received a $1,000 from the group, but listed them as “Construction & General Labors.”
Ald. Michelle Harris (8), Chairman of the City Council’s powerful Rules Committee, got a $1,500 lift from ComEd PAC, the political action group for the energy provider. The company’s PAC transferred the same amount of money to City Council Budget Committee Chairman Carrie Austin’s (34) candidate contribution group earlier this month.