From Bruce Rauner’s campaign manager Chip Englander…
We prefer our interactions with news organizations be kept between us and that outlet. That remains true for this story as well. That said, since you are reporting on this matter, here are the facts the campaign presented the Sun-Times’ editors as well as the facts on related matters:
- The allegations were tossed out in court and sworn depositions contradict the allegations. Given those facts, publishing the story was irresponsible.
- One of the reporters had an extraordinary conflict of interest – married to a Democrat operative with deep connections to an attack group that has spent millions attacking Bruce Rauner.
- 24 hours before the story Democrats were already polling on the attack, using language that mirrored what the Sun Times had asked the campaign.
- The campaign asked the Sun Times that if it was running the story, in the interest of transparency, it ought to at least disclose to its readers the conflict of interest. The Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics regarding conflicts of interest or the appearance stresses transparency. This request was rejected.
- After the story was published, we asked for some important clarifications and corrections to the story. These were rejected.
- No one reached out to Mr. Ferro.
- Fortunately, voters have seen through these false allegations. New poll out yesterday has us beating Quinn by 2%. The bottom line is the campaign followed all proper channels to combat the misleading and inaccurate story prior to its publication. Our request to editors was simply that the reporter’s deep connections to an attack group that has spent millions attacking Bruce Rauner be disclosed by the paper in accordance with the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics. For reference below is more information on the deep connections that we believe warranted a disclosure in the paper: More…