ObamaCare is signed into law.

Chicago, IL – Republicans, conservatives,  and tea party activists are livid over the betrayal of trust in last week’s sneaky move by some in the State GOP leadership to vote to implement ObamaCare two years early inIllinois. Read about the dirty Arlen Specter-style scheme here at Illinois Citizens for Ethics Reform.

However, the real question is not: how did this happen? But why?

Perhaps the answer can be found by looking at the relationship between major Democrat campaign donors and the Illinois GOP Party establishment.

Over the last few weeks, Illinois Citizens for Ethics Reform (ICER) has reported on a very disturbing pattern: The Griffins – major campaign bundlers to Barack Obama ($230,000) and Rahm Emanuel ($200,000) – donors who worked for George Soros – funding the Illinois Republican Party and other so-called “conservative” groups.

After ICER’s reports, Crain’s Chicago Business, Springfield Journal Register and Republican News Watch, among others, reported on a questionable funding scheme – a shell game of massive contributions between these Obama-linked donors and downstate political organizations – contributions that eventually funneled their way back to the Illinois Republican Party’s coffers and went unreported. Unfortunately, the funding scheme has put the Illinois GOP’s finances under scrutiny, and for that, GOP Party Chairman Pat Brady must take full responsibility.

However, in light of the vote on ObamaCare last week, the relationship between Obama’s top donors and members of the Illinois GOP raises even more questions. Questions that include:

–          What was it that caused the Griffins to bundle more than $230,000 for Obama’s presidential campaign? What did Barack Obama say to them? Do we entrust our party to those who place bets on both teams, waiting opportunistically for the political winds to change?

–          In 2009, Griffin’s former boss, George Soros, pledged five million dollars to President Obama’s Healthcare for America Now (HCAN) to bankroll the fight for the “public option.” Was it the President’s healthcare reform ideas that floated their political boat?

–          Rodney Davis, who was just “named” by Illinois GOP leaders to be the ballot replacement for Rep. Tim Johnson in the 15th district, has admitted he was behind the scheme between the Soros-linked Griffins and downstate political organizations to funnel money to the Illinois GOP. Coincidence?

–          Why are these same Obama bundlers behind funding John Tillman, Andy McKenna, Dan Proft and their array of political action committees operating out of the so-called Illinois Policy Institute, a 501c3 “educational organization,” which served as a front group to target conservative candidates for defeat in the recent March primary? What have they promised the Obama’s top contributors?

–          What do these Obama bundlers want from the Illinois Republican Party? And what has the Pat Brady and the Illinois GOP promised them in return?

–          Was it mere coincidence that five lame duck Illinois GOP state senators voted for the HB 5007 to provide cover for four downstate Democrats who would have been hurt by voting for the ObamaCare bill?

–          What did Rep. Tom Cross get out of cutting the ObamaCare deal? Over the years, the Griffins have given Cross well in excess of $60,000 in contributions.

The problem conservative Republican and Tea Party voters face in Illinois is that it is impossible for us to determine what politicians actually represent our cause. We do not know who is really on our side. At least, Democrat politicians are honest in their dishonesty. We know what they believe in: progressive political policies that empower government, not people.

But too many Illinois Republican officials play both sides of the political fence. They “lie in wait,” amassing political power and, once they have achieved it, they vote with Illinois Democrats on key legislation – legislation that is anathema to the voters they were elected to represent. Like ObamaCare.

In Illinois, the pattern is always the same: Thompson, Topinka, Pat Brady, Tom Cross, McKenna and those that are allied with them.

 The reason that this happened is because there is an imbalance of power in the Illinois Republican Party. The power does not lie with conservative, Tea Party, or Republican voters.

So how do we fight back? How do we change this political equation? How do we shift the power away from Democrat-backed Illinois Republican party leaders?

The Illinois Republican Convention on June 8th and 9th. June 8th is when the Republican State Central Committee makes the real decisions about the party’s future.  So will Tea Party and conservatives fight back on June 8and show the Illinois Republican Establishment their outrage over Illinois ObamaCare? Or will they go to CPAC Chicago?

 Every conservative and every Tea Party activist needs to go to the Convention – regardless of whether they are a delegate or not. We need to speak out and protest on behalf of returning voting power back to Republican primary voters. We need a vote on direct elections at the convention.


 I am also running for National Republican Committeeman to represent our state. In this, Doug Ibendahl and Cathy Santos of Republican News Watch suggested to me that – in the spirit of direct elections – the National Republican Committeeman Selection Committee – should offer all the candidates to the delegates at the Convention for a floor vote – not just their “one” selection. 

 I wholeheartedly agree. Why would the State Republican Central Committee offer only “one” name to the delegates? Does that sound like democracy to you?

If you are truly angry about the ObamaCare vote betrayal, plan to be at the Illinois Republican Convention on June 8th and 9th.

Vote for direct elections and restore voting power to Republican voters and make the Illinois GOP establishment accountable once again.

Demand that the State Republican Central Committee offer all of the candidates for National Republican Committeeman to the delegates for a vote.

We can have a real Republican Party in Illinois– but only if we work together and fight back to restore fundamental Republican principles to our party.


Find out more about the Illinois Republican Convention here and why direct elections are so important.

Read more about my platform and vision for National Republican Committeeman here. 

Read the resolution for Direct Elections here.

Hear and read William J. Kelly’s exclusive interview with Patrick Buchanan here. 



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