Major scandal brewing within Illinois Republican Party
The Office of Congressional Ethics has recommended a full probe into allegations that Republican Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL-18) goaded House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA-7) into transferring $25,000 from ERIC PAC, Cantor’s own SuperPAC, to the Campaign for Primary Accountability, a SuperPAC that backed Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL-16) in a 2012 primary against then-Rep. Donald Manzullo, which Kinzinger narrowly won. Two watchdog groups filed an FEC complaint against Schock, which is how the Office of Congressional Ethics got wind of this in the first place.
Additionally, another Republican Congressman from Illinois, Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL-13), has been named as a “non-cooperating witness” in the congressional investigation of Schock. Davis is no stranger to Illinois political corruption, having been listed on disgraced former Republican Gov. George Ryan’s secret clout list. Davis narrowly defeated Democratic challenger David Gill in the 2012 13th Congressional District of Illinois election after both official campaigns, as well as numerous outside groups affiliated with both parties, spent an obscene amount of money on that race, and Davis was selected by Republican county chairmen to replace the original Republican nominee, then-Rep. Tim Johnson, who withdrew from the race not long after winning a three-way primary with nearly 70% of the vote. Prior to his congressional run, Davis was an aide to Republican Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL-15)
Despite the ethics probe, Aaron Schock is considering a run for Governor of Illinois. We’re still laughed at for electing George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich, two of the biggest crooks in American political history, to our governor’s manison, and we don’t need yet another corrupt governor.
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