“CHICKEN” GIANNOULIAS TAKES A PASS ON RAISING $26K FOR KIDS

Bills Bout with Giannoulias

Kelly Takes Swing at Senate Candidate on Eve of Oct. 24th Mercy Bout

(CHICAGO) – On the eve the Ringside for Mercy’s Sake bout, Illinois Comptroller Candidate William J. Kelly is calling out U.S. Senate candidate Alexi “Chicken” Giannoulias for selfishly passing on an opportunity to raise funds for needy kids at the Mercy Home for Boys and Girls.

In August, Kelly had challenged the candidate to a $20K boxing challenge for charity at the Ringside for Mercy’s Sake which takes place this Saturday, October 24th. In September, Kelly upped the challenge to $26,000 in September – the price of the Giannoulias’ $26K SUV purchase using Bright Start monies, a $2 billion college savings fund for families that has lost $85 million since his term began.

“Alexi is just not man enough to fight me,” remarked Kelly about Giannoulas’ pass on the October 24th fight for charity. After everything that’s happened, I would have thought he would be happy to do something for the kids,” said Kelly. “As a candidate for U.S. Senate, Giannoulias is supposed to be a role model. A good one, not a bad one.”

Kelly has not let up on Giannoulias since then. Kelly cornered the candidate on-tape at his fundraiser questioning him on accepting the endorsement and contributions from the ACORN-tainted SEIU union. Media criticisms have mounted this week against on Giannoulias, focusing on the candidate’s statements about not accepting PAC money. But the Center for Responsive Politics reports that Giannoulias, who is Illinois’ treasurer, collected over $500,000 from PACs from 2006-2008, and for his US Senate run, Alexi has collected over $18,000 in PAC cash. Kelly was repeatedly criticized for the video ambush by influential liberal blogger, Rich Miller at http://www.capitolfax.com.

In September, The Washington Times also reported Kelly’s confrontation with the U.S. Senate candidate on tape about him holding a fundraiser on the morning of 9/11 when the first plane hit the Twin Towers.

Kelly’s SEIU video available at:

http://friendsofwilliamjkelly.wordpress.com/2009/09/30/breaking-news-kelly-confronts-giannoulias-on-acorn-tainted-seiu-endorsement/

The Washington Times story and video is available at http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/sep/15/illinois-senate-hopeful-heckled-fundraiser-sept-11/

William J. Kelly is running on a political platform to be Illinois’ first “activist” comptroller. Cited recently by the Washington Times as a new breed of media entity, William J. Kelly was previously the Executive Director of the National Taxpayers United of Illinois, an affiliate of the National Taxpayers Union. He ran for Congress against Rep. Bobby Rush (D) in 1994 and exposed the Congressman’s $50,000 in back taxes, child support, and unpaid parking tickets. Kelly is the host and executive producer of the TV series, “Sportsaholic” and the Emmy award-winning “Upscale TV,” which just completed a successful three-year run on FOX.

WILLIAM J. KELLY’S CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE

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William J. Kelly’s campaign for Illinois Comptroller officially launched a newly designed campaign website today. In the coming weeks, exciting new video will be added on a regular basis and Kelly’s Campaign blog will report personal stories from the campaign trail with Bill Kelly, his campaign manager Steve Ruggiero, and the Kelly for Comptroller team.  The site’s Kelly Truth Squad section will report on the day’s controversial topics and proposals with commentary and alert to Kelly Truth Squad members to take action by calling, emailing, or voicing their demand for accountability from the media and public officials.

The site also makes it easy to follow and message William J. Kelly through Facebook, email contact, to donate, or download Kelly’s signature petition. The new website is accessible at www.friendsofwilliamjkelly.com.

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KELLY CAMPAIGN HQ BURGLARIZED

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BREAK-IN AT KELLY’S CHICAGO CAMPAIGN OFFICE

Police Search Scene at GOP Candidate for Comptroller’s Office

 (CHICAGO) – At 3:30PM on Sunday, William J. Kelly, candidate for Illinois comptroller and his campaign manager, Steve Ruggiero, arrived at their campaign office at 1000 N. Milwaukee to discover it had been forcibly broken into. 

 Missing items of political relevance include ward maps with campaign strategy, volunteer information and lists. Other missing items include fax/modem equipment, champagne and cigars. Kelly has filed a police report and the police have dusted for fingerprints and are searching for possible suspects.

 Kelly has been an outspoken critic of U.S. Senate candidate and Obama money man, Alexi Giannoulias. Kelly produced an ambush video on Giannoulias and his ACORN-tainted SEIU endorsement that has irked members of the Giannoulias campaign. Video clip available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aedjhXvRa5c

 ”The police are conducting an investigation; we don’t know if the break-in was politically motivated, however, politically sensitive items were removed from our office. Regardless, this campaign is and always has been a campaign of reform vs. corruption. If anyone thinks that this break-in will intimidate me, they don’t know me very well. It will only make me campaign harder,” said Kelly.

KELLY: PAY, PENSION OF TOPINKA OTHERS PUT STUDENTS AT RISK

MAP PROTEST

Kelly says IL Constitutional Provisions Provide Pols “Cover for Self-Interest”

Statement by William J. Kelly, GOP Candidate for Illinois Comptroller

“Today students from around Illinois gathered in Springfield to protest the cuts to the state MAP grants. 138,000 students from low and working and middle class families have been affected by the cuts. Now comes word that the Illinois House has voted to fund the MAP Grants but without the money to pay for it. Add to this, the state cuts on veterans’ educational benefits and prisons and it is clear to see where our current lawmakers’ priorities are. ”

“What are the priorities? Continuing to fund an excessive and corrupt state pension system to the tune of $800 million a month and borrowing $3.5 billion in order to fund this year’s opportunistic public pension system in accord with ‘convenient’ constitutional provisions that bar cuts to these excesses.”

“With almost 4,000 retired state workers collecting $100,000 or more a year, more than half collecting more than $1million each, many double dipping from two or more government pension plans at Illinois taxpayer expense, retirees being paid more than their original salaries, and early retirement – this is bloated political corruption, opportunism, and self-interest at its worst.”

“Those who claim to be our public servants – all sitting lawmakers and former office holders like Judy Baar Topinka should see their pay and generous taxpayer-funded pension plans cut. They should agree to these cuts willingly. They should refund their past excesses. Moreover, public servants from across the spectrum should never have been ‘awarded’ the majority of these disproportionate retirement plans to begin with. With state pensions $90 billion underwater already, this system must change now before more students and veterans see their educational benefits cut or more prisoners are let go due to ‘necessary’ budget cuts.”

Kelly notes that Topinka, who is running for comptroller, makes $141,482 – 23 percent more than what she made when she left the state Treasurer’s office in 2007 according to news reports.

“The future of Illinois, its citizens, families, and children is at a crossroads. It is about time that we took that seriously. It is time that our representatives – current, former, and those running for office like Judy Baar Topinka – begin to see service as a means to reform and not an end to profit. Let’s put these representatives and candidates on the record and see where their true priorities are.”

“This is just another example of why we need people with actual business experience in state government and running the Comptroller’s Office.”

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William J. Kelly is running on a political platform to be Illinois’ first “activist” comptroller.

 

KELLY CAMPAIGN FILES CHARGES AGAINST TOPINKA OFFICIAL

Battery report filed with Chicago Police Department

(CHICAGO) – Sunday morning ex-Illinois Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka formally kicked off her campaign for Illinois Comptroller at Ina’s Restaurant in Chicago. Her conservative opponent in the February 2nd GOP primary, William J. Kelly, appeared at the kick-off outside with a statement about Topinka. “Illinois voters have already officially and unequivocally rejected Judy Baar Topinka,” said Kelly. “Under her leadership as party head, Topinka single-handedly destroyed the Illinois Republican party. She is definitely not the future of the Republican party or Illinois.”

Angered by Kelly’s appearance, a campaign official, believed to be Topinka’s campaign manager, saw Kelly outside the restaurant. Kelly was being interviewed by reporters from WBBM and WGN when the confrontation took place. The Topinka campaign official yelled at Kelly and shoved a video camera into the face of  Steve Ruggiero.  Ruggiero is part of Kelly’s staff and a U.S. veteran, who served two tours in Iraq and received two bronze stars. A police report, #HR 607258, has been filed with the Chicago Police department.

“This is the Comptroller’s race, not the WWE.  We are not going to be intimidated by the old style politics Topinka campaign or anyone else,” said Kelly.  “This is truly a campaign of old versus new, corruption versus reform.”

Cited recently by the Washington Times as a new breed of media entity, William J. Kelly was previously the Executive Director of the National Taxpayers United of Illinois, an affiliate of the National Taxpayers Union. He ran for Congress against Rep. Bobby Rush (D) in 1994 and exposed the Congressman’s $50,000 in back taxes, child support, and unpaid parking tickets. Kelly is the host and executive producer of the TV series, “Sportsaholic” and the Emmy award-winning “Upscale TV,” which just completed a successful three-year run on FOX.

 For more information, visit the website at www.friendsofwilliamjkelly.com.