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Pat Quinn Sells Out Taxpayers Again

Brady for Illinois 25 October 2010 One Comment

In what has become typical Pat Quinn pattern, he will do anything and everything to secure votes. That means giving your taxpayer money away to ensure blocks of constituencies support his reelection effort.

We have seen his deal with AFSCME, guaranteeing no layoffs and lucrative pay raises in exchange for an endorsement and almost half a million in campaign cash. We have seen him threaten state action to end a road strike, then take tens of thousands in campaign donations from teamsters in exchange for using the power of his office to strong arm negotiations. And we have seen Quinn take large campaign contributions from special interests in order to veto bi-partisan McPeir reforms.

We now have a new sell out Quinn can add to his list, and this one may be the most blatant of all. As ABC 7 recently reported, Quinn cut a deal with the Chicago Association of African American Transporters promising to pay all of their unpaid bills within ten days. Now, we all want state bills to be paid in a timely, efficient manner, but what makes this so interesting is that this same group of medical transporters threatened to withhold their votes for Quinn unless he paid them their overdue money.

What are the problems here, other than the fact that we just saw the previous Governor convicted of a felony for abusing the power of the state’s top office. Now we have Quinn, his predecessor and running mate, ensuring state funds go to organizations that threaten to withhold their support for his candidacy with only a little over a week before election day. This goes beyond political horse-trading and arm-twisting; this is blatant abuse of power and should be investigated by the proper authorities.

Not only that, but because Quinn moves this group up the list of those to be paid, some other group has just been bumped back down to the bottom, all so the Governor can secure needed votes. Quinn cuts this deal just after Illinois was ranked the worst in the nation for delaying bills paid to nonprofit groups such as domestic violence shelters and those who serve the developmentally disabled. Let’s not forget about the other medical transporters outside of the Chicago area who have not received such a guarantee and will continue to go unpaid for who knows how long because they did not take the politically expedient route.

According to Quinn’s “logic” if you want to be paid the money you are owed by the state, the best way to get your cash is to threaten to withhold your vote for his reelection effort. That is one interesting way to decide who is highest on the priority list of those who are owed state money.

The definition of extortion is, “the illegal use of one’s official position or powers to obtain property, funds, or patronage.” Sounds like Quinn has a new get out the vote strategy and the people of Illinois are literally footing the bill.

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