Hedge fund CEO Kenneth Griffin contributed an additional $1 million to GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner's campaign, according to Illinois State Board of Elections documents released Friday.
Griffin, Citadel LLC's founder and CEO, has now invested a total of $4.58 million in Rauner's campaign.
Izabela Miltko, deputy press secretary for Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's re-election campaign, issued the following statement in response to Griffin's latest $1 million campaign contribution to Rauner:
The richest man in Illinois continues to look after his investment in billionaire Bruce Rauner's efforts to eclipse the interests of the middle class and put their economic security at risk.
Whether it's eliminating the minimum wage, transferring the tax burden onto the backs of working families, laying off one out of every six teachers, proposing new taxes on everyday items or enacting tax cuts that benefit the wealthy the most, Bruce Rauner has been a reliable advocate for Big Money.
Mr. Rauner is running one of the most dishonest campaigns in recent memory and apparently that comes with a big price tag.
Unfortunately for Bruce Rauner, it's government of the many - not government of the money.
Also this weekend in the governor's race, Quinn was endorsed by the Illinois chapter of the Sierra Club.
“Governor Quinn knows that protecting our environment is not only an important responsibility we all share, but also an effective way to create good jobs in the clean technologies of the future,” said Jack Darin, director of the Sierra Club's Illinois chapter, in the Saturday announcement.
"There is a lot at stake in this election. His opponent wants to undo environmental regulations that may restrict the businesses that have made him millions. Governor Quinn doesn’t deny the science of climate change, but rather is seizing the opportunity to create jobs in renewable energy and conservation practices that make our air cleaner. Governor Quinn also knows that investing in clean water infrastructure protects our water supply and puts people to work. This is no time to turn back to policies of the past that would jeopardize that would jeopardize our health and miss opportunities in the clean energy economy,” Darin added.
The governor reinforced his commitment to building a green economy following the endorsement.
“I am honored to have the support of the committed women and men of the Sierra Club of Illinois,” Quinn said of the endorsement. “Illinois is making a comeback and we have more work to do. I am committed to continuing to build a strong and green economy, creating more clean energy jobs, and ensuring that our environment is safe and healthy for the next generation."