(Lisle, Illinois) – William J. Kelly, Chairman of the Chicago Republican Organization, addressed TAPROOT Saturday morning and discussed the growing scandal involving John Tillman, Dan Proft, the Illinois Policy Institute, and their web of money from major contributors to Rahm Emanuel and Barack Obama. One of the contributors was a former executive with Soros Fund Management.
Illinois Citizens for Ethics Reform has reported that the Rahm-Soros tainted money was used by Tillman and Proft to undermine conservative and tea party candidates in the recent March 20, 2012 primary. In that primary, Proft endorsed Tom Smithburg, Kelly’s opponent for 42nd ward GOP committeeman. Smithburg’s family is also a major donor to Rahm Emanuel.
Kelly has called on Proft to come to the next TAPROOT meeting in May to answer these questions about the tainted money trail.
The chart from Illinois Citizens for Ethics Reform indicates a troubling pattern of how the Illinois Policy Institute and multiple political action committees may have been used by Tillman and Proft to stack the deck against conservative candidates.