Gov. Bruce Rauner is for less money in politics. Rauner, who pulled $27 million from his own wallet to pay for his campaign, said in his State of the State speech that state workers should not be allowed to make campaign contributions via their unions. “Government unions should not be allowed to influence the public officials they are lobbyin’ and sittin’ across the bargainin’ table from through campaign donations and expenditures,” he said in the speech.
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The governor also called out hospitals, noting that they receive millions from Medicaid and presumably contribute to politicians amenable to keeping the money coming. He wants to ban politicians from receiving contributions from these groups, just the way they can’t take contributions from businesses with state contracts.
He also wants to ban trial lawyers from contributing to judges’ campaigns, and eventually move to “merit selection” of judges.