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Tom DeVore Urges Kwame Raoul to Return the $1 Million Campaign Donation from Friends of Michael J Madigan

The disgraced former House Speaker was indicted in 2022 for political corruption and remains one of Rauol’s top campaign contributors

Chicago, IL – Republican nominee for Attorney General Tom DeVore is calling on Kwame Raoul to return the $1 million campaign donation he received in 2018 from Friends of Michael J Madigan. On March 2, 2022, the former House Speaker was indicted on federal racketeering and bribery charges for allegedly using his powerful position as speaker to enrich himself and his allies financially. 

 

Early Friday morning, it was reported that a federal grand jury announced additional charges against Madigan and AT&T Illinois has agreed to pay a $23 million fine for trying to influence the then- House Speaker. 

 

“Former House Speaker Mike Madigan is the poster child for political corruption in Illinois,” said Republican Attorney General nominee Tom DeVore. “And while Madigan and his friends got rich by abusing their political positions in Springfield and Chicago, the people of Illinois continued to suffer from their greed with higher taxes and utility rates.”

 

DeVore also called on Attorney General Kwame Raoul to return the $1 million campaign contribution he received in 2018 from Friends of Michael J Madigan. The disgraced former speaker remains one of Rauol’s top campaign contributors. “I am calling on Kwame Raoull to return the campaign donation immediately,” said DeVore. “Given what we now know, it is completely unacceptable and a slap in the face to the people of Illinois to keep that money.” 

 

DeVore continues to call out the Attorney General for his support of the controversial and unpopular SAFE-T ACT, and linking that support to the campaign donations that he received from both Gov. JB Pritzker and Friends of Michael J Madigan. “You don’t just arbitrarily sit back and say, ‘well the legislature passed it, the governor signed it and I have a duty to defend it’ – that’s what Attorney General’s do whose top two contributors to their campaigns are in fact the executive and the legislature. If you’re representing everybody equally, you have a duty to the people to raise these issues.”

 

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