Big tobacco just planted a big red flag in this race for Illinois Attorney General.
Yesterday, it was revealed that one of my opponents took over $100,000 in campaign contributions from a billionaire tobacco mogul.
Our state has campaign finance limits, but my opponent made a mockery of those rules by taking 10 separate checks for $10,000 each from businesses owned by the same man, registered at the same address.
If that wasn’t bad enough, the Illinois Attorney General is responsible for overseeing the multi-billion dollar settlement made between the U.S. Department of Justice and big tobacco companies. These contributions represent a clear conflict of interest.
What does my opponent say about all this? “I’m going to continue to operate within the law.” That law is the same flimsy campaign finance law that he helped write.
I see things a little differently. I believe that candidates for the state’s highest legal office should hold themselves to the highest ethical and moral standards.
So, here is what I am asking from all of you - as long as you are not a big tobacco mogul - can you make a financial contribution today to help us stop the special interests from buying this election?
I’ve never been afraid of speaking truth to power. When I am the Attorney General of Illinois I will only fight for the people of our state, and not the special interests who have done so much harm in our communities.