As Springfield Democrats begin to flex their growing legislative muscle, some new campaign disclosure data say a lot about who the winners owe — and who they can forget.
The data come from the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform. While the group is still crunching for a bigger report to be issued soon, it says that by far and away the biggest donor to legislators in the just ended general-election season was — who else? — organized labor, which dropped a stunning $10.7 million on House and Senate candidates from March to November. And that’s only direct contributions, excluding “independent” expenditures.
Trailing well, well behind was another traditionally Democratic group, lawyers, at $2.477 million. Following the barristers were nursing homes, at $1.37 million; electric utilities, $1.2 million, and conservative interest groups, $893,000.
Notably nowhere near the head of the list are some big groups that either tilt Republican or are careful to spread out their dough on both sides of the aisle. More…