Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Meet the Winners of the 2012 Illinois Democratic Primary - Personal PAC Boss Terry Cosgrove and Fred Eychaner

Terry Cosgrove's Personal PAC can now get more dollars out of fitness dowager Jane Fonda - Fabulous!

Only one person ( Okay, it was two: Terry and Fred Eychaner)
won the Illinois Democratic Primary - Personal Pac Boss Terry Cosgrove. Here he is in an all-too rare live public exchange with a reporter on video.

Power loves anonymity . . .well, sort of. Coalitions need money. Power uses money. Coalition Power fuses LGBTQ, Green Everything ( hence LGBTQ pol Deb Shore on Water Reclamation), Public Education, Election Reform, ACLU and SEIU. Remember the Democratic Part? Used to be something. Got its money from trades unions, cigar chomping saloon keepers and low-life rascals like Joe Kennedy. Thank, Dewey; it's Progressive now.

Progressive Illinois is powered by abortion and sexual prefernces of any and all manner as a Civil Right , with the odd nod to freeing all of the prisoners, keeping black women on the welfare rolls and hordes of unskilled workers on the government's dime and suing anyone.

Personal PAC shopped for a Federal Judge and did great.

Springfield, Ill. — A federal court Tuesday overturned part of Illinois’ recently passed election finance law, just a week ahead of the state’s primary election.

U.S. District Court Judge Marvin Aspen struck down a 2009 law that limited how much an individual can donate to a political action committee, or a PAC, which spends money in an election but doesn’t coordinate with a candidate.

The “Supreme Court and the Seventh Circuit speak clearly: the First Amendment prohibits governments from limiting contributions to independent-expenditure-only PAC(s),” Aspen wrote in his opinion.

Personal PAC, a pro-choice lobbying group, initiated the case when it sued the Illinois State Board of Elections over the limits in early February.

Unlike PACs that spend money to influence how a lawmaker might vote by donating directly to their war chest, Personal PAC spends most of its money to get pro-choice candidates elected through advertising blitzes.

Personal PAC - Illinois depends upon very wealthy individuals who want to change the political landscape - read Fred Eychaner*.

Personal PAC, like SEIU and other tax-dollar salaried monster unions helped make President Obama's transformational first term a reality.

Here in Illinois Personal PAC controls who will get on and stay on a ballot.

Speaker of the House Mike Madigan is the media strawman for outrage over what Thundering Dick Simpson calls Illinois Corruption.

Not so. Real corruption and political rot starts at the head of the Illinois Carp - Planned Parenthood's Personal Pac. Personal PAC destroyed the chance to preserve the independence of the Illinois Supreme Court with its new found dollars by doing a Brady on Aurelia Pucinski in the final days before the primary. It worked just fine.

Personal PAC controls the Governor, much of the media, Chicago's Water Reclamation District, the Supreme Court and the Illinois Legislature.

Terry Cosgrove, never seems to get microphone time on Television, or the radio, but he dominates the printed media. Therefore, he remains a name. Terry Cosgrove controls the wealth that controls the ballot process and the information needed by voters to make an informed choice - not an abortion.

. . .Rarely interviewed and adamant about not being photographed, Eychaner lives a remarkably frugal life, with the notable exception of his multimillion-dollar home in Lincoln Park.

The fortresslike structure, made of glass and concrete, has hosted Bill Clinton three times. Mayor Richard M. Daley, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and other notable Democrats have also come to pay their respects to someone who is the state's top individual political donor and one of the city's richest men.

But as Eychaner, 60, lives a public life of saving old buildings, running a media company and trying to elect presidents, what he seeks most is anonymity, something that sets him apart in the ego-laden cultures of politics and philanthropy.

The perfectly smooth, gray concrete walls inside his home hold not a single image of Eychaner smiling next to a politician, say those who have been there, even though there have been many opportunities to have such trophy photos taken. He almost never asks for special tickets to political events and rarely attends the golf outings and cocktail parties designed to woo big donors.

"He is very reclusive, in every sense of the word," said Lewis Manilow, a friend and Democratic fundraiser from Chicago.

Eychaner (pronounced Eye-can-er) earned his wealth from mass media, first in printing and then radio and television.

In his latest move, he is mixing business and politics. With the introduction of WCPT-AM 850 ("Chicago's Progressive Talk") in May, Eychaner has used one of his nine area radio stations to bring the liberal Air America radio network back to Chicago airwaves.

Although he is a student of politics, those who know Eychaner say his giving is driven by a desire to change the world rather than win clout. One former employee even said he was once scolded for using Eychaner's name in a business letter to a politician.

In 2004, Eychaner gave at least $3.2 million to Democratic causes and candidates, while his private foundation contributes twice that much in any given year to more than 200 charities, researchers and arts groups.

An openly gay man, Eychaner has long been involved in gay rights issues, and he has been a generous donor for AIDS research and treatment.

"He really believes he can make the world a better place," said Michael Bauer, a Chicago lawyer and gay rights activist.

While he has mostly managed to maintain his philanthropic anonymity, Eychaner's role in national politics has grown more prominent in recent years. Consistently ranked among the top 20 Democratic donors nationally, Eychaner is routinely listed among such names as billionaire investor George Soros and billionaire movie producer Steve Bing.

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