Tag: Dick Durbin

Kelly Calls Out Durbin on Crime Summit, Constitution Remarks


Chicago, Illinois, May 27, 2013 – Chicago businessman and political columnist William J. Kelly has released the following statement in reaction to Sen. Dick Durbin’s crime summit scheduled for in Rockford, Illinois Tuesday morning:

“I have long been considering moving my business to Rockford and have been looking at properties to invest in. But what I do next depends on what I hear at Sen. Durbin’s crime summit on Tuesday.”

“Chicago’s crime problem is out-of-control and it has been for a long time. Misguided laws have prevented law-abiding citizens from protecting themselves in the worst crime-ridden areas. We reward repeat offenders with slap-on-the-wrist sentences and early release. Now we see Chicago’s crime problem spreading to the suburbs – and here in Rockford, Illinois. It is the same Chicago thinking and the same Illinois politicians like Sen. Durbin that are to blame.”

Earlier this month, more than 250 concerned residents packed a crime forum on Rockford’s northeast side.

Kelly, who is considering whether to run for the U.S. Senate, says he is also very troubled by Sen. Durbin’s involvement the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups and the Senator’s statements this weekend questioning whether news bloggers are entitled to constitutional protection.

“For Sen. Durbin to question the First Amendment freedoms guaranteed to all Americans, raises troubling questions about whether he has any knowledge or respect for the U.S. Constitution at all.”

William J. Kelly is the founder and President of an Emmy award-winning TV production house with offices in Chicago. Previously, he was the Executive Director of the National Taxpayers United of Illinois, an affiliate of the National Taxpayers Union.  He is a former statewide 2010 candidate for Illinois comptroller.



An Important Decision To Make

May 21, 2013

Dear Fellow Republican,

I wish it wasn’t necessary for me to write you this letter. There are many things personally and professionally that I would like to devote the rest of my life to. And to be perfectly honest with you, politics isn’t one of them.

CruzBut just like you, as somebody who loves my country, I refuse to turn my back, close my eyes,  cover my ears, shirk my responsibility, and pretend that everything is all right. You and I both know that everything is not all right. And the recent scandals coming out of Washington – the IRS, AP, Benghazi – prove that it is only getting worse

What do all of these things have in common? For starters, liberal one party rule – local, state, and national. But even more so, Chicago machine Democrat party rule. And the one person who is at the heart of everything that is wrong in our country today is none other than our own U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois.

Now I wish I could be in your living room right now talking with you about this face to face. But time will simply not permit that. I am wrestling right now with a very important decision. I am considering running in the Republican primary to challenge Dick Durbin for the U.S. Senate in 2014. And let me be very clear, I am not asking you for a single dime. I am asking you for something much more valuable – for your careful consideration of my record, your advice as to how I should proceed, and your prayers.

It’s hard to believe but I have known many of you for 20+ years dating back to 1992 working on Pat Buchanan’s campaign for President in Illinois. (For those of you who are more recent friends, watch my video documentary, “A Conservative in Chicago.”) Many of you were with me in ’94 when I ran for Congress against former Black Panther Defense Minister Bobby Rush. I knew it was a racially gerrymandered congressional district but, as you know, I am not one to shy away from a fight.

My experience in 1994 also taught me another valuable lesson; that we need more conservatives in media and entertainment. After the campaign, I started a production company from scratch and today it is an Emmy award-winning TV production company. Conservatives should never have ceded the entertainment industry to the left.

But the election of Barack Obama and the birth of the Tea Party movement inspired me to rejoin the political frontlines of activism. And, in 2010, I ran statewide for Illinois comptroller in order to open the books and expose the insider deals. That race opened more doors. I began as a contract columnist for national publications and a contributor to the American Spectator and Breitbart.com. I used my radio show on AM 560 WIND to go after Rahm Emanuel on the issues – the issues the mainstream media didn’t intend to cover. That infuriated the mainstream media too.

The Illinois GOP wasn’t doing anything to challenge Rahm Emanuel in his race for mayor in 2011. So I joined the challenge to Rahm’s petitions on the basis of residency and teamed up with the great Dick Morris to produce an ad campaign against him. Why? Because no one else was.

The point is: The deck may be stacked up against most Republicans in Illinois – but that doesn’t mean you cede tough elections to Democrats. That’s why this election calls for the right candidate with the right convictions, creativity, and tactics.

I have proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that I have the courage of my convictions, the creativity to get our message out in a hostile media environment, and the courage to take it to our opponent face-to-face.

It is clear now that we are in an unconventional fight for the future so it is an unconventional but principled fighter that we so desperately need.

Thank you for your consideration. Please feel free to contact me directly to share your thoughts at 312-768-8683.


William J. Kelly


Calls for Protest of Sen. Dick Durbin’s Chicago Offices


Chicago, Illinois, May 20, 2013 – Today, Republican activist William J. Kelly is calling for an investigation into Sen. Dick Durbin’s role in the IRS scandal.  He has issued the following statement:

Senate Democrats have called for congressional hearings into the IRS targeting of conservative organizations for special government scrutiny calling it “an outrageous abuse of power.” Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), the second ranking Democrat in the Senate, was among those calling for congressional action.

But Senate Democrats – including Durbin – must also be investigated for their role in exerting pressure on IRS employees to target select groups for scrutiny. Once a special prosecutor is named, all senatorial email communications and phone records connected with this scandal must be released and made available to the public.

Some of the IRS abuses include special audits of conservative and tea party organizations, holding-up applications for tax exemptions, and demanding detailed personal information about donors, employees, and members of the organizations. The “fishing expedition” raises serious questions about the use of governmental power to punish the President’s political enemies.

Last week, Durbin compared the IRS’ thug tactics to “the worst days of Richard Nixon’s administration.” But Durbin has been publicly involved in pressuring the IRS to investigate conservative groups since the targeting practice began in 2010.

In his October 11, 2010 letter to IRS Commission Shulman, Durbin wrote:

“One organization whose activities appear to be inconsistent with its tax status is Crossroads GPS, organized as a (c)(4) entity in June. The group has spent nearly $20 million on television advertising specific to Senate campaigns this year. If this political activity is indeed the primary activity of the organization, it raises serious questions about the organization’s compliance with the Internal Revenue Code…

I ask that the IRS quickly examine the tax status of Crossroads GPS and other (c)(4) organizations that are directing millions of dollars into political advertising, and respond with your findings as soon as possible.”

Exactly what other (c) (4) organizations did Sen. Durbin mean? Was this an isolated incident or was he more deeply involved in pressuring the IRS to investigate his political or ideological opponents? What kind of pressure did he apply? What did he know? Who did he talk to?

On Tuesday, Tea Party and conservative groups will be protesting outside IRS offices around the country.

Now I am calling on them to protest outside Sen. Durbin’s Chicago offices as well.


William J. Kelly is a longtime Republican activist and former 2010 candidate for Illinois comptroller. He is the president of an Emmy award-winning TV production house with offices based in Chicago. Kelly’s encounter with Sen. Durbin went viral in 2011 and received national attention.