Statement from William J. Kelly – Governor in 2014?

Bill_headshot_1I was very seriously exploring the possibility of running for governor on the Constitution Party ticket and I was honored and humbled by the support on the Draft William Kelly for Governor Facebook page. However, I had a very specific fundraising goal I wanted to meet before I made such a commitment. Unfortunately, I was not able to make that goal in time for today’s Constitution Party Convention and I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Mike Oberline on his nomination to be the Constitution Party’s candidate for governor. This election year is unlike any election year that I have seen in my 20 plus years of being active in conservative Republican politics in Illinois.  There is no doubt that anything could happen this year.  If I can meet my fundraising goals, there is still the possibility that you could see the name William J. Kelly as an independent conservative candidate for governor on the November ballot alongside Pat Quinn, Mike Oberline, and Bruce Rauner.

Thank you for your generous support as we work to reform the State of Illinois.

DONATE.

If Bruce Rauner Hijacks the GOP Primary, I Promise…

“If Bruce Rauner hijacks the GOP primary, I promise there will be an independent conservative candidate in the general election in 2014.”

When I ran statewide as a GOP candidate in 2010, I said that 2010 was the last, best chance to save the Illinois Republican Party. It was true then and it is true now.

Unfortunately, we now know that Pat Brady, the chairman of the Illinois GOP, was not working in the interests of the Illinois Republican Party, its platform, or GOP voters. As a result, we failed to nominate the right candidates, we lost the governor’s mansion, and, of course, we also lost the remap.

In 2012, in another last ditch effort, I ran to be Chairman of the Chicago Republican Party.

Now in 2014, we really don’t have anything to fight for. But we do have one thing to fight against: To prevent Rahm Emanuel’s candidate for governor from obtaining control of the Illinois Republican Party.

I guarantee you this – if Bruce Rauner is the GOP nominee for governor, you will see an independent conservative candidate in the general election in 2014.

If you are a principled conservative, libertarian, or Republican voter, join us!

We do not need to submit to Rahm Emanuel or his Democrat Party donors who have been buying up the Illinois GOP at bargain basement prices.

Illinois conservative and GOP voters deserve a real choice in the general election – they deserve a candidate who actually believes in smaller government, the power of the free market, and the sanctity of life. A candidate who has not been part of Illinois’ corrupt insider pay-to-play culture. A candidate with integrity and principles.

If you believe, as I do, that Illinois conservative voters deserve a real choice in the 2014 election, support this effort today. To that end, we are forming a new committee to raise funds for this effort and are establishing a new website for donations.

Until the new committee is established, donations are also being collected here.

Please contribute as generously as you can and volunteer now. Rahm Emanuel’s candidate for governor, Bruce Rauner, is spending millions of dollars to buy GOP groups and conservative organizations.

But it is not too late to stop Rauner. Help us now so that it will not be necessary to run an independent conservative candidate for governor later.

Faithfully,

William J. Kelly
Reform Illinois Now

SEE THE DOCS: Illinois Policy Institute received $500,000 from GOP Candidate Bruce Rauner

Back in November, Bernie Schoenburg of the Springfield Register Star reported that Illinois Policy Institute, a 501(c)(3) policy organization received $500,000 from GOP candidate Bruce Rauner. 

Here are some of the screenshots that confirm that the John Tillman’s Illinois Policy Institute received the donations from the Bruce Rauner Family Foundation. Some of those donations are reflected here (Guidestar.com):

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Dan Proft is also a “senior fellow” of the Illinois Policy Institute and is a paid consultant and partner of the Illinois Policy Institute’s sister organization, the Illinois Opportunity Project. Illinois Opportunity Project is a 501(c)(4) organization with cloaked donors. It is not known whether Bruce Rauner has donated to the Illinois Opportunity Project. 

According to Guidestar, Jack Roeser’s Family Taxpayer Network also received $400,000 and Roeser’s group also received another $40,000 from Bruce Rauner and his wife to his Renaissance PAC. 

The Democrat Record of Dan Rutherford’s “Alleged” Accuser

Chicago, Illinois, February 10, 2014 - For weeks, the alleged scandal involving the alleged victim of Illinois treasurer Dan Rutherford has turned the GOP race for governor into a strange circus. The accuser’s attorney, Christine Svenson, had been refusing to give a straight answer on anything…even the name of the victim.

This has been the case of the ALLEGED GOP ACCUSER WHO CANNOT BE NAMED.  

Given the timing of the allegations to coincide with the gubernatorial primary, Rutherford preemptively called out his opponent Bruce Rauner as the source of the attack a week ago. Rauner – a close friend and ally of Rahm Emanuel – has denied any involvement.  But there is good reason to believe Rauner is behind the attack. 

A federal lawsuit against Rutherford was finally filed Monday and the identity of his accuser – a longtime Democrat – is now known.

The suit charges that Rutherford sexually harassed Michalowski (a real looker) and three years ago, in 2011, groped in genitals. The suit also alleges that Rutherford’s chief of staff, Kyle Hamm, pressured Michalowski to do political work and failed to investigate his complaints.

The accuser’s name is Edmund P. Michalowski of 822 S Bishop St Apt 3 Chicago, Illinois.

According to the records and his own statements, Michalowski is a longtime Democrat operative who worked for Mayor Daley and Secretary of State Jesse White and ran a campaign for Circuit Court Judge. After resigning the Illinois treasurer’s office, Michalowski bounced back and immediately began working for the Cook County Recorder of Deeds.

Below is a copy of Michalowski’s voting record – with votes in most of the Democrat primaries – and his list of campaign contributions – again all contributions to Democrats and one contribution to Dan Rutherford. Mr. Michalowski is also having serious financial issues ranging from divorce to foreclosure and bankruptcy. The upshot: Michalowski is desperate for cash.

Here’s one vote for this as one of the foulest campaign smears ever.

Take a look at the records below (emailed to me this weekend):

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Vendor Name

Vendor Address

Michalowski, Ed
P.O. North Box 64884
Chicago, IL 60664
$500.00
6/6/2001
Individual Contribution
Citizens for Jesse White
Michalowski, Ed
P.O. North Box 64884
Chicago, IL 60664
$500.00
6/12/2002
Individual Contribution
Citizens for Jesse White
Michalowski, Ed
P.O. North Box 64884
Chicago, IL 60664
$500.00
6/11/2003
Individual Contribution
Citizens for Jesse White
Michalowski, Ed
P.O. North Box 64884
Chicago, IL 60664
$500.00
7/3/2004
Individual Contribution
Citizens for Jesse White
Michalowski, Edmund
822 S. Bishop
Chicago, IL 60607
$200.00
4/26/2006
Individual Contribution
27th Ward Reg Democratic Org
Michalowski, Edmund
3539 S Maple
Berwyn, IL 60402
Occupation: Director
Employer: Secretary of State
$350.00
9/11/2000
Individual Contribution
27th Ward Reg Democratic Org
Michalowski, Edmund
3539 S Maple
Berwyn, IL 60402
Occupation: Director
Employer: Secretary of State
$200.00
9/26/2000
Individual Contribution
27th Ward Reg Democratic Org
Michalowski, Edmund
3539 S Maple
Berwyn, IL 60402
Occupation: Director
Employer: Secretary of State
$400.00
11/2/2001
Individual Contribution
27th Ward Reg Democratic Org
Michalowski, Edmund
3539 S Maple
Berwyn, IL 60402
Occupation: Director
Employer: Secretary of State
$400.00
11/11/2001
Individual Contribution
27th Ward Reg Democratic Org
Michalowski, Edmund
P.O. Box 64884
Chicago, IL 60664-0105
$500.00
9/21/1999
Individual Contribution
27th Ward Reg Democratic Org
Michalowski, Edmund
822 S. Bishop

Chicago, IL 60637
Occupation: Attorney
Employer: Illinois Secretary of State$916.84
10/16/2007In-Kind Contribution
Committee to Elect Anne M Burke
CateringGene & Georgetti500 N. Franklin St.
Chicago, IL 60610Michalowski, Edmund
822 S. Bishop #3

Chicago, IL 60607$2,200.00
11/24/2009
Loan Received
Friends of Ed Michalowski
   Michalowski, Edmund and Veronica
822 S. Bishop St. Unit 3
Chicago, IL 60607$250.00
11/6/2006Individual Contribution
Brandon Phelps for State Representative
   Michalowski, Edmund P
1548 W Jackson
Chicago, IL 60607$500.00
6/2/1998Individual Contribution
Jesse White For Secretary Of State, Inc
   Michalowski, Edmund
P.O. Box 64884
Chicago, IL 60664$300.00
9/15/1999Individual Contribution
Dan Rutherford Campaign Committee

Filing Date: 10/7/2013    Case Type: PETITION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE Division: Domestic Relations Division

Plaintiff(s) Attorney(s)
MICHALOSKI EDMUND P PRO SE
Date of Service Defendant(s) Attorney(s)
MICHALOWSKI VERONICA ROSENBERG WYPCH LLC

Kelly releases affidavit, alleges patronage threats in “rigged” Cook County GOP endorsement of Bruce Rauner

Chicago, Illinois, January 8, 2014 – Conservative activist William J. Kelly has released a sworn affidavit regarding the Cook County GOP endorsement of GOP candidate for governor, Bruce Rauner – the first-ever pre-primary endorsement of a statewide candidate in a GOP contested primary in Illinois. See attached affidavit.

In his sworn affidavit, Kelly attests to the following:

1.     Weeks before the Cook County GOP’s vote on its endorsements, I was told by Palos GOP committeeman Sean Morrison that Bruce Rauner, a GOP candidate for governor, already had the Cook County GOP’s endorsement.

2.      Disgusted by what I perceived to be the “rigged political game” I started commenting on social media and made a comment on the Capitol Fax blog about my conversation with Mr. Morrison on Friday, December 20, 2013.

3.      The comment I posted was: “Sean Morrison, Republican committeeman in Palos, told me, before any meetings or voting, online or other, that Rauner would get the Cook County Republican endorsement. So I guess it is just another paid ad for Rauner.”The comment was posted at 9:52 AM.

4.      On December 20, 2013, I began receiving numerous calls and text messages from Mr. Morrison, Cook County Commissioner Liz Gorman, and her husband, Gerry Gorman, a former consultant for Judy Baar Topinka.

5.      On December 20, 2013, I received a number of calls from Gerry Gorman.  I decided to accept one of the calls, which lasted about 21 minutes. “

6.      During the phone call, Mr. Gorman said, “Liz and Sean are very, very, very tight with Bruce Rauner. Bruce Rauner is going to win this election for governor and when he does Liz and Sean are going to be dividing up the jobs and the contracts. Now you can be on the inside of that or you can be on the outside of that.  Do you want me to set up a meeting with you with Bruce Rauner so you can arrange a deal? I think you will discover he’s not who you think he is. I know that you have a problem with Bruce Rauner because he is close friends with Rahm Emanuel.”

7.      I told Mr. Gorman that Rauner’s close relationship with Rahm Emanuel was “a deal breaker for me and that I wasn’t interested in meeting with Bruce Rauner.”

8.      I have continued to receive threats via phone and text from Bruce Rauner’s supporters.

“As Republicans, we say we want an end to the pay-to-play schemes that have bankrupted Illinois. We say we stand for justice, ethics, and a level playing field. But what I have experienced in the rigged endorsement of Bruce Rauner by members of the Cook County GOP is the worst example of the corrupt insider deals and ugly political and financial threats the Republicans say they are against. Promising government jobs and contracts in exchange for political support is a criminal matter. That’s why today I am calling for an investigation into the Cook County GOP’s endorsement of Bruce Rauner and will be submitting my affidavit to appropriate authorities.”

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KELLY: Gorman threatened me over Cook County GOP’s endorsement of Rauner

Conservative activist William J. Kelly has issued this statement regarding the Cook County GOP’s endorsement of Bruce Rauner:

“Like many, I have been disgusted by the pay-to-play rigging of the Cook County Republican Party’s endorsement (and other endorsements) of Rahm Emanuel’s close political ally Bruce Rauner.  I’ve seen Champion News’ publisher Jack Roeser and Rauner himself shovel cash at Cook County GOP chairman Aaron Del Mar, a former supporter of Democrat Hillary Clinton, in return for his ‘securing’ Del Mar’s support. Other GOP officials have also been bought off. This is the Cook County GOP’s first pre-primary endorsement ever and Rauner’s name will be the sole Republican candidate they will be pushing. Most Republicans know in their hearts that this is not where we should be going as a party.”

“So, disgusted by the rigged game, I started commenting on social media. As a result of a comment I made on Friday on the Capitol Fax blog, I began receiving numerous calls and text messages from Cook County Commissioner Liz Gorman and her husband, Gerry Gorman, who works for Judy Baar Topinka, and Palos GOP committeeman Sean Morrison,to call them. I received another call from Gerry Gorman and I decided to accept the call, which lasted about 21 minutes. “

Here is an excerpt of that call:

“Gorman said to me, quote unquote  - expletives deleted… ‘Liz and Sean are very, very, very tight with Bruce Rauner. Bruce Rauner is going to win this election for governor and when he does Liz and Sean are going to be dividing up the jobs and the contracts. Now you can be on the inside of that or you can be on the outside of that.  Do you want me to set up a meeting with you with Bruce Rauner? I think you will discover he’s not who you think he is. I know that you have a problem with Bruce Rauner because he is close friends with Rahm Emanuel.’”

“I told Gorman that Rauner’s close relationship with Rahm Emanuel was a deal breaker for me and that I wasn’t interested in meeting with Rauner.”

“The comment in question on Capitol Fax was posted at 9:52AM on Friday, December 19th and was as follows: “Sean Morrison, Republican committeeman in Palos, told me, before any meetings or voting, online or other, that Rauner would get the Cook County Republican endorsement. So I guess it is just another paid ad for Rauner.”

“The phone calls, texts, and threats from Rauner’s supporters are continuing. If this is what Bruce Rauner means by bringing Illinois back, I’d like to know back from what? Back from corrupt practices? Back from threats and pay-to-play politics? Back from the kind of thug tactics Bruce’s good pal Rahm Emanuel is known for? Well, thanks but no thanks.”

“I will be making a sworn statement about the nature of this phone call from Gerry Gorman and will release it upon request. I am calling on all legal authorities to launch a formal investigation of this matter.”

END OF STATEMENT

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An open letter to CatholicVote.org: Are you really pro-life?

Dear Pro-Family Leaders,

This is an open letter to the leadership of CatholicVote.org and those who are involved with or support the organization.  As a life-long Catholic and conservative activist from Chicago, I have watched too many conservative, Republican, and Christian organizations being taken over by the liberal political establishment.  I am certain you have too.

After years of fighting the fight, I finally entered the media myself to report on our issues from a Christian conservative viewpoint. Here is my most recent story that was syndicated in Catholic media.

That is why I am so troubled by what I see happening with CatholicVote.org and here’s why:

I understand that Mr. Burch, the President of CatholicVote.org, serves as Vice President/Secretary of the Illinois Opportunity Project. John Tillman, Dan Proft (who is also a paid consultant to the fund) and Tillman associate Bob Costello are also on the board of the Illinois Opportunity Project.

While Mr. Burch was on this board, Illinois Opportunity Project, a 501(c) (4) political committee, donated thousands of dollars to state senate candidate Arie Friedman, a pro-abortion pediatrician.  In October 2012, Dan Proft formed Liberty Principles PAC which then spent thousands of dollars to oppose Friedman’s opponent in the general election. This was after Proft promised pro-family leaders he would not support pro-abortion candidates for public office ever again (Beth Coulson was another extreme left-wing pro-abortion candidate he supported).

Many in the Illinois pro-life community were outraged at Friedman’s positions - including Illinois Family Action.

Now the reason that Illinois Opportunity Project, Tillman, and Proft supported Friedman was due to his ties to transgender billionaire James Pritzker (who now calls himself “Jennifer.”) Friedman is one of five board members on Pritzker’s Tawani Foundation. What kind of bizarre quid-pro-quo to support a pro-abortion candidate was this?

So why would Mr. Burch continue to be involved in the Illinois Opportunity Project, which not only gave money to Mr. Friedman but donated to Mr. Proft’s campaign for Illinois governor and pays him a consulting fee while this was taking place?

I also see that Tillman, Proft, and Costello, are on the event committee for CatholicVote’s upcoming 5th Anniversary Golf Classic on September 18th, which may be an indication that Catholic principles are not necessarily a motivating factor for the organization.

So, again, the question is why?

There’s more. Just a few months ago, Richard Lorenc and Eric Kohn, both employees and associates of Proft and Tillman’s, wrote this piece in the Chicago Sun-Times called, “Real Conservatives Back Gay Marriage.”   I would encourage the people on this list to give Mr. Kohn and Mr. Lorenc’s article a read and decide if it reflects Catholic principles.

For background, Kohn was/is part of Proft’s Urquhart Media, which had Cicero contracts from corruption poster boy Larry Dominick. Until recently, Kohn was spokesperson for Craig Pesek, who, according to the Chicago Sun-Times and the FBI, is under fire for his ties to criminals. Kohn is the treasurer for Tillman’s political action committees and, despite his lack of credentials, was propped up by Tillman as the treasurer of the recent failed Illinois Virtual Charter School Plan, which was seeking more than $16 million in state tax dollars this spring. Kohn’s wife, Rebecca, is an Illinois Policy Institute employee.

Until recently, Richard Lorenc was the Director of Outreach for the Illinois Policy Institute and is now on the board of Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry.  Again, I would encourage the people on this list to read up on this organization’s purpose.

Tillman and Proft have a history of attacking conservative and Catholic candidates behind-the-scenes so valid criticism of them in this forum and many others is more than warranted.  That’s why this letter is also important: so that Christian leaders understand the false hypocritical commitment that people like Mr. Tillman and Mr. Proft have for pro-family and Catholic principles.

So my question to CatholicVote.org’s leadership is: Are you really committed to basic Catholic principles or do they merely serve a political end? If CatholicVote.org is committed to Catholic principles, how do you explain the above? What is CatholicVote.org providing to Tillman/Proft, etc.?
And do you expect Catholic donors like Pat McCaskey to support candidates and causes that do not reflect Catholic/conservative principles?

Feel free to respond to me directly with any questions via email. I await your responses.

Faithfully,
William J. Kelly
Chairman
Safer Families Coalition
 

Questions that Sen. Bill Brady (for Governor) Must Be Asked

Dear Conservative Friends,

This morning, I am at the Family PAC Conservative Summit to hear the candidates for Illinois governor speak. There are some very important questions that should be asked of Sen. Bill Brady and his support for driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants in Illinois.  If you are at the Summit this morning, please feel free to ask Sen.Brady one or more of these questions. If you have friends attending the summit, please feel free to forward this email to them as well.

Here are the questions:

Sen. Brady, the Illinois Association of Police Chiefs and all but three Illinois sheriffs opposed the bill to give driver’s licenses to illegal aliens in Illinois. But you were one of the bill’s lead supporters. How can you call yourself the conservative candidate in the race for Illinois governor after siding with the pro-amnesty interest groups?

Sen. Brady, you have said that giving driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants is a safety and compassion issue. But is it really about safety or is it about perpetuating fraud in return for campaign cash? This bill – now law – does not require illegal immigrants to prove they have insurance upfront in order to receive a license. In New Mexico, they have had cases of hundreds of people registering the same car repair shop as their residence. How is this a conservative position on this important issue?

In 2007, the pro-amnesty group behind the driver’s licenses for illegals law said that, without requiring a passport and fingerprints, any bill would lead to fraud.  Yet those safeguards were taken out of the bill you supported? Do you think that supporting this law without those safeguards is responsible? And is this kind of support for bad legislation what we can expect from you in the future?

In the 18 states that have granted driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, 16 no longer issue them due to fraud. Why do you think Illinois will be any different give its history of bribes for licenses with convicted ex-Gov. George Ryan?

The group that was behind the illegal driver’s license bill – the pro-amnesty group, the Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights – has now said it will aggressively support same sex marriage legislation. Have you come out now and denounced that group? And will you be taking political funds from that group now or in the future for your campaigns?

Thank you for your attention to this important issue. Feel free to call me with any questions.

And, always remember that a successful life is asking for what you want, not accepting what you are given.

William J. Kelly
Chairman
Safer Families Coalition