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Quinn Chief of Staff Reveals Vote-Buying Scheme

Sun-Times 8 October 2014 One Comment

In a Sept. 5, 2010 email to Ben Nuckels, then Quinn’s campaign manager, Lavin outlines strategies to appeal to African-American voters by employing President Barack Obama and several black congressmen from Chicago and producing an ad with a “typical African American family, particularly women” that could show “why [Republican Bill] Brady would be a disaster.”

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“The African American community tends to break late so we have some time,” Lavin wrote. “The Gov’s Neighborhood Recovery Initiative will also help on the jobs and anti-violence messages. If we agree that this election is about turning out the base, particularly [African American], Hispanic and women, we better start thinking about our targeting and not only about the general electorate.”

“I don’t think there’s been any question in anyone’s mind that the Quinn administration, his governmental staff and his political staff, used government resources to please certain constituencies that they hoped would increase the voter turnout and suppress the voter turnout for us prior to the election,” Brady told Early & Often, the Chicago Sun-Times political portal.

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