Month: June 2012



KELLY: Conservatives finally waking up to Proft

CHICAGO, IL – Once again the ethically and morally-challenged Dan Proft was evasive when questioned publicly about his deep connections to crime-connected Cicero officials and top campaign bundlers to Barack Obama and Rahm Emanuel.

Proft spoke before TAPROOT organization at the Naperville/Lisle Hilton Saturday. It was the same exact David Mamet speech he has given for the past 9 months; I’ve heard it at least three times. The same combination of questions and answers. The same boring platitudes. Nothing new.

Since I made it clear I would be attending the meeting to ask Proft questions, he came prepare to evade them:

1. Dan, why are all the things you say so different than what you actually do?

2. Why would anyone who calls themselves a reformer – especially a so-called conservative one – be in bed with crooked Cicero Larry Dominick and the mob-connected Pesek brothers?

3. Why would a so-called conservative reformer be in bed with top bundlers to Barack Obama (more than $238,000) and top donors to Rahm Emanuel ($200,000 in 2011)? Donors who worked for Soros Fund Management with a troubling history of funding both socialists and RINOs?

4. Why would he use that money support Democrats over conservative and tea party candidates in the recent Republican primary?

5. And why did he aggressively promote CPAC instead the Illinois GOP Convention at a critical time – when conservatives and tea party activists needed to demand direct elections and hold the Republican Party to account for their recent actions on passing ObamaCare, higher taxes, and gambling expansion?

As any member of TAPROOT who was present at the forum can attest, Proft’s smug evasiveness was glaringly apparent to the audience and it definitely did not help him.  Arrogance should never be mistaken for eloquence; that is the mistake Proft continues to make. The audience wanted him – for once – to just answer the questions.

Illinois conservatives – having been at the mercy of crooked Illinois Democrats – don’t find “corrupt conservatism” especially appealing.

William F. Buckley was a hero of mine; but Proft is no Buckley.

Buckley would not have been on the payroll of grotesque Cicero thugs like Larry Dominick.

He would not have been on the Morton School District payroll of crooked Jeff and Craig Pesek, Proft’s friends, who were caught on FBI surveillance tapes discussing a mob-ordered bombing of a Berwyn business with Mark Polchan, a key associate of convicted mobster Michael Sarno. Incidentally, the Peseks are business partners with admitted cocaine dealer Enrique “Henry” Rendon.

When I mentioned Proft’s relationship to Obama’s top campaign bundlers, he tried to level some strange put-down about there being a “William Kelly purity test.”  But would Ronald Reagan ever have taken money or given money to a Barack Obama or a Rahm Emanuel?

Sorry Dan, but it shouldn’t be too much to ask that people who represent themselves as “conservative reformers” not make their living through mob-connected Cicero thugs, assorted criminals, or  Obama bundlers. You’ve set the bar just a little too low.

Yes, Proft uses “conservative window-dressing” to advance himself. But who really knows if believes anything?

We are coming upon the most important election of our lifetime: an opportunity to defeat President Obama and his extreme left-wing progressive policies that threaten to fundamentally change America. An America we won’t be able to recognize.

But we are fighting an Illinois Republican Party that is, arguably, in collusion with corrupt Democrats. At its best, our party is ineffective. At worst, they are doing it on purpose. (See a preview of our new TV ad spot: “The Illinois Republican Party isn’t broken; it’s fixed”)

We are also fighting people who cast themselves as conservative reformers; but their actions speak more loudly than their false conservative words.

Illinois conservative and tea party organizations are finally waking up to Proft and his crooked associates and what he is doing through the web of political action committees being run through John Tillman, former Illinois GOP chief Andy McKenna, and the so-called “not-for-profit” Illinois Policy Institute.

The awakening for Illinois conservatives is a rude one – but then again so is Proft.



William J. Kelly to attend this Saturday’s TAPROOT meeting

Chicago, IL-  Back in May, TAPROOT of Illinois, then headed by Dave Diersen, offered Dan Proft the opportunity in an open forum to answer some serious questions about his funding operations raised by Illinois Citizens for Ethics Reform.

Questions that involve Proft’s long standing relationship with corrupt CICERO PRESIDENT LARRY DOMINICK, MOB-CONNECTED CRAIG PESEK, and Proft’s political shell groups – all funded by the same former campaign bundlers to BARACK OBAMA (more than $230,000) and top contributors to RAHM EMANUEL (more than $200,000 in 2011). The same donors who are linked to SOROS FUND MANAGEMENT.

These same contributors also gave $30,000 to help unseat REP. DON MANZULLO and have been named in a political contributions scheme being questioned by the Crain’s Chicago Business and the Springfield Journal Register.

But Dan Proft  did not want to answer those questions in an open forum and refused to come to TAPROOT – despite the fair forum Diersen offered him.

In order to prevent those uncomfortable questions from being asked, Jim McInerney engineered a takeover of TAPROOT and demoted Diersen from his leadership position in June.

According to Diersen, McInerney says his plan is to terminate the meetings, TAPROOT’s annual picnic and Christmas party – calling them a “waste of time.” To date, McInerney has even refused to reimburse Diersen his expenses paid on behalf of TAPROOT.

Now the “new” TAPROOT under McInerney will be meeting this Saturday at the Lisle/Naperville Hilton at 8AM and Dan Proft will be speaking.

 The meeting presents TAPROOT members an opportunity to ask the tough questions that deserve to be asked:

–          What is Proft’s relationship with Cicero president Larry Dominick and mob-connected Craig Pesek?

–          How did he get a public affairs contract with Dominick, a former police chief under convicted felon Betty Loren Maltese?

–          Did he have a public affairs contract with Craig Pesek, who was caught on FBI surveillance tapes last year discussing a mob-connected bombing? How did that contract come about?

–          Did he accept campaign contributions from Pesek?

–          Why did Proft help mob-connected Pesek get on the State Central Republican Committee?

–          Why did Proft run candidates against tea party candidates in the recent March primary? Why did he support candidates with Democrat voting records over Republican ones?

–          Why did Proft send bullying emails to tea party organizers who disinvited him from speaking at their organizations?

–          – Why is Proft’s Liberty PAC listed at addresses used by Illinois Policy Institute?

–          Why did Illinois Opportunity Project give $10,000 on March 12, 2012 to Proft for Governor and who made that decision?

–          Why did Illinois Opportunity Project give $20,000 to Proft’s Liberty PAC a week before the primary election in March 2012?

–          Is Proft a paid consultant to the Illinois Opportunity Project?

–          Why is Proft accepting donations from donors linked to George Soros who bundled $230,000 for Barack Obama and $200,000 to Rahm Emanuel in 2011?

–          Why are political action committees – committees that fund Proft’s Liberty PAC candidates – operating out of Illinois Policy Institute?

–          Since McInerney does not attend regular TAPROOT meetings, why did he engineer a takeover of the organization? What does he hope to gain?

–          Will he be reimbursing Dave Diersen his expenses?

These are just a few of the questions that deserve to be asked.  Concerned conservatives of TAPROOT have a unique opportunity this Saturday to get the facts.

Now,  TAPROOT OF ILLINOIS, it is up to you to do just that.


If you are a Republican voter in Illinois, read on to join the lawsuit. 


Chicago, IL – GOP activists say they will file a legal challenge to the Illinois Election Code, contending it violates the equal protection of Republican voters and denies them the right to vote for their party leadership.

“Illinois election law treats Republican and Democrat voters differently,” says longtime GOP activist William J. Kelly. “Why is that Democrat primary voters directly elect their party leadership, but Republican voters do not? With this lawsuit, we are going to challenge the constitutionality of that law.”

Under 10 ILCS 5/7-8, the Illinois Republican Party is currently run by a 19-member State Central Committee, one member from each ofIllinois’ congressional districts – none of whom are directly elected.

But Kelly says that, in the late 1980s, two party bosses, Republican Gov. James Thompson and party chair Al Jourdan engineered a sudden change to the Illinois election code to consolidate their power, stripping GOP voters of the right to vote for their party leadership.  Illinois Republicans had that right for more than a century.

Conservatives argue that this has resulted in a lack of any accountability to GOP primary voters and party corruption.

To date, state GOP bosses have successfully thwarted any attempt to return to direct elections both legislatively with the passage of SB600 and SB35 and, most recently, at the Illinois Republican Convention.

At the Illinois Republican convention last week, state GOP leaders in an unelected 11-7 committee decision determined that delegates would not be permitted a floor vote on “direct elections” – a move that would have restored voting rights to the Republican electorate.

Kelly points out that convention rules are determined by unelected party representatives and committee members are also appointed by unelected party officials – which bolsters the legal argument to restore equal treatment of Republican voters in the political process.

Republican voters have also complained that they were denied delegate credentials and conservatives are now questioning the validity of the convention proceedings in general.

“In 1724, Catholics inIrelandwere denied the right to vote. Prior to 1870, Black Americans were denied the right to vote. American women marched in the streets for decades for the right to vote,” says Kelly. “But in 2012, Illinois Republicans do not have the right to vote for their party leadership.

Kelly was involved with another federal legal challenge to voting rights. In 1995, his political action committee filed a lawsuit against the First and Fourth Congressional Districts, charging that they were gerrymandered and unconstitutional and reached the U.S. Supreme Court.

“We lost 6-3 in that decision,” said Kelly of that suit. “But we fought.  Hopefully, we will have better luck this time around. The law is definitely on our side.”

If you are a Republican voter and would like to join the class action lawsuit, email

KELLY: IL GOP Delegates Furious Over “Rigged” Convention

KELLY TO GOP: Delegates Deserve their $50 Back

Chicago, IL –  This weekend’s Illinois Republican Convention was anything but red, white, and blue. Sadly, there were no surprises at the Illinois GOP Convention; it was exactly as I expected it to be: political hypocrisy dressed up with signs and a few balloons.

No democracy in sight.

GOP Chairman Pat Brady took the stage, his arms flailing about House Speaker Michael Madigan, bemoaning Democrat corruption responsible for pay-to-play politics and out-of-control pensions threatening to bankrupt the state.

“We are under the thumb of a controlling, vindictive, ethically challenged, self-serving leprechaun, and I mean no disrespect to leprechauns, Speaker Mike Madigan,” railed Brady with Minority Leader Tom Cross looking on.

Then Brady compared Madigan’s Illinois to a “Third-world republic likeVenezuela.”

Brady is angry that Madigan has spent his time in office using his political position to “get rich.” But Brady has a lot of nerve protesting corruption. Are Republican Party bosses in Illinois any different?

In an 11-7 “committee” decision on Friday, party hacks determined that delegates would not be permitted a floor vote on “direct elections” – a move that would have returned voting power to the Republican electorate. Illinois election law treats Republican and Democrat voters differently; Democrat voters elect their party leadership, Republican voters do not.

But the Platform and Resolutions Committee members were also appointed, not elected. And the people who appointed them to the committee were also not elected by Republican voters.

Why doesn’t the Illinois GOP want Republican voters to vote for their party leadership? What are they so afraid of?

My own race for National Committeeman is a good illustration of frustrated democracy: three candidates in the race and an appointed committee “recommends” only one candidate to the delegates for a “yes” or “no” vote. No choice of candidates. None.

Why vote? Is not a dictatorship run this way? The sham vote means absolutely nothing if the people aren’t given a choice.

True democracy is about victory and failure. Failure teaches important lessons about life. It teaches you what to do differently the next time.

But when government pre-selects a “winner” – like President Obama’s Solyndra – everyone fails. Artificially determining political outcomes breeds mediocrity. It guarantees failure. Appointing people – instead of electing them – is a guarantee of mediocrity and corruption. That is what the Illinois Republican Party has become. Mediocre at best, corrupt at its worst.

Other votes were taken but the floor delegates were ignored – including the vote for at-large delegates to the Republican National Convention. Despite a majority of “no” votes, the measure passed. “The “ayes” have it,” said a party boss. Conveniently, a roll call of votes was not taken.

Furious delegates are contending the convention was a sham – a dog-and-pony show – disrespectful to Republican voters and it was. Delegates to the Illinois Republican Convention forked over 50 bucks a head with the promise of voting participation. But the state GOP denied delegates any real voting power.

The Illinois GOP should give delegates their money back. False advertising is false advertising.

The money should be refunded in full.  Plus any damages for pain and suffering incurred by being forced to listen to Pat Brady’s silly speech.

ADVANCE PREVIEW: William J. Kelly’s speech at Illinois GOP Convention

From William J. Kelly’s campaign for Republican National Committeeman…

Chicago, Illinois, June 8, 2012 – Here is an advance copy of William J. Kelly’s speech today at the Illinois Republican Convention:

As a candidate for statewide office in 2010, I have traveled all over the state of Illinois. I have spoken to real Republicans.

I know what they are thinking.

And as National Republican Committeeman I pledge to go to wherever two or more Republicans are meeting and give them the speech that Illinois’ best days are still ahead.

But right now is not the time to give that speech. Rarely in life do we say what we really mean because we are afraid of what we might lose.

But we have lost too much already. And we are on the brink of losing it all. So before it is too late, this is what you need to hear.

The Illinois Republican Party is a joke and the only way to fix is to give it back to the people.

As National Republican Committeeman, I will enthusiastically support direct elections of State Republican Party leaders. This will bring accountability to our party once more.

How can we continue to deny Republican primary voters the basic right to vote? How can they trust their party when the party doesn’t trust them?

No one on the selection committee here was elected by ANYBODY. And everyone here was ALSO appointed by someone who was ALSO not elected by ANYBODY. Isn’t there something wrong with that?

Now I understand that you have been charged to produce one name to the delegates for National Republican Committeeman.

And you probably have already been told who that one name should be with the hope that the delegates will vote for that one name.

And voila – we will have four more years of insider mediocrity at best. Corruption at worst.

What I am asking is for you – in the truth spirit of the principles that made our party great. In the true spirit of trusting the people.

Make your report all three of our names. Rank us if it will make you feel better.

Sandy Stuart 98%,
Rich Williamson – 96%
William Kelly – 1%

Whatever – be my guest.

But do this. Be the heroes of this convention. Maybe your brother, the committeeman, is going be mad at you. Maybe your finance chairman there in Lake County is going be mad at you.

But be a hero – right now. Throw all three names to the convention floor and let the delegates decide.

Let the people decide.

Why even invite delegates to the convention if you are not going to let them vote for anything? Or preselect a candidate for them? Or deny them the right to vote for direct elections? Why even have delegates? Why call them delegates – why not call them observers? And why has the party denied so many Illinois Republicans the opportunity to become delegates?

I’m calling on my two opponents to agree. Sandy and Rich, are you willing to let all three names go to the delegates and let the people decide?

As National Republican Committeeman, I will also focus my efforts reshaping our party’s fundraising strategy.

We need to renew voters’ faith in our party in order to bring in new donors. Not the same ONE Obama bundler and top contributor to Rahm Emanuel that wants to buy influence in the Illinois Republican Party. I will help refocus our party’s efforts on ethical fundraising, not schemes that raise the specter of financial impropriety.

If you don’t think the people see through all of this you are wrong. That is why we don’t have new donors or volunteers. The people know that these Obama bundlers and insiders are calling the shots.

Just last week, they saw Illinois GOP leaders voting against the Republican Party platform – at least the party platform that was intact when I walked into this room – the platform that is against ObamaCare, higher taxes, and gambling expansion.

Sandy and Rich, would you be willing to return these tainted contributions and give our party a fresh start with the voters?

People often ask: What would Reagan do? I can definitely tell you that Ronald Reagan would not give or receive money from a campaign bundler to Barack Obama.

It is time to give the Illinois Republican Party back to the people.

Restore direct elections. Retain the conservative planks in the party platform. Stand up against Republican leaders who vote against the party platform – who violate the trust of voters. And give the delegates a choice for Republican National Committeeman – not just the name of one party insider. Trust the delegates – after all – they paid their $50 bucks to attend this convention. That is the least that you can do.

I’ve told the truth that is all that I can do. I have a clear conscience. We all say that 2012 is the most important election and we will say the same about 2014 and 2016.

But whether or not we will truly be successful in these elections will depend on the Illinois Republican Party and what you decide to do in this room today.

Thank you.