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Mayoral challenger Willie Wilson criticizes Lightfoot for campaign donations to alliance committee

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Chicago businessman Willie Wilson ripped Mayor Lori Lightfoot out over a committee created by her allies who aren’t bound by how much their contributors can donate or who they are – Lightfoot limitations Must comply.

“That’s wrong. You’re not really running the city for the people.” “That’s plain wrong.”

The 77 Committee is run by Lightfoot’s longtime top adviser and is strictly bound under the city’s ethics rules from contributions to Lightfoot’s campaign funds or to political action committees affiliated with Lightfoot. It is allowed to accept unlimited funds, including those from city contractors.

Established its own expenditure committee in October The political battles Lightfoot supporters anticipate in the coming months and campaign finance laws and city governments designed to limit the influence political supporters have on the actions of elected officials in government It highlights serious loopholes that exist in ethical rules.

The 77 Committee is not restricted in how much it receives or from whom, but as an independent spending committee it cannot align itself with Lightfoot or any other political campaign. I’m here. From a table tennis company he received $80,000, whose chairman is also the chairman of an information technology company that does business with the city, $20,000 of which is on the city’s list of contractors, and from a South Side construction company. I work at the Obama Presidential Center.

Additionally, the chair of the committee is Sean Harden, who is also chairman of Friend Health, a nonprofit that recently opened a health center in Woodlawn. expected to receive $8M Tax Increased Loan Incentives from the city.

The new commission is following in the footsteps of Lightfoot’s predecessor, former mayor Rahm Emanuel, whose allies are pledging more than $5 million a year to help Emanuel win a second term. He established a large campaign fund that was raised.

Wilson said at a press conference that he would set up an ethics office to deal with potential conflicts of interest, but it was not clear how it would work. A perfectly legal workaround for local laws regarding donations.

Commission Executive Director Dave Merrett declined to comment.

A spokesman for Lightfoot’s campaign said the 77 Commission “is a completely independent entity from the campaign and has no communication or influence over their strategies and activities.” Concerning is throwing a stone out of the glass house for self-financing his own campaign and refusing to deniable his ethics-frauding commander-in-chief, Donald Trump. campaign organization and will do so in accordance with the law.”

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Written by Natalia Chi

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