Money Can't Buy You Love — Maybe Not Even Votes

Very wealthy candidates have run for office in Illinois before...without much success.

What do these five guys all have in common? Money, honey.
What do these five guys all have in common? Money, honey.
With news that GOP candidate Bruce Rauner donated $1 million more to his own campaign fund, making it now $6 million he has donated to his own campaign through this election cycle so far, we decided to take a look at five previous candidates in Illinois who attempted to run for office and were all very wealthy.

The common link between the five candidates we look at? They all struggled.

So while Rauner is the current front-runner according to polls, the precedent of wealthy candidates running for office is not a good one. We offer this as a reality check for those who believe Rauner can buy his way into office: money can't always buy political success.

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Phaedrus Pirsig March 05, 2014 at 03:28 PM
Stuart, maybe you have a deeper argument, but Rauner's inability to enact term limits is not as important as the value system that wants them enacted. Mute response to what is right is not just in itself.
Stuart Pearson` March 05, 2014 at 07:17 PM
I consider myself to be an independent as I've voted for candidates from both parties as well as one Libertarian some years ago. As mentioned above I callz 'em as I seez 'em while refusing to be caught up in Political Plalabber which I feel Rauner is guilty of. if HE WINS the GOP nod he will not get my Vote. Not only on his claim of Term Limits, but his earlier comment about lowering the Minimum Wage which is an issue where I think "He Shot Himself in the Foot." It is quite unfortunate that Politics have become so divisive. I thought these Politicians were supposed to work for the People and not themselves. Perhaps that is the direction we need to insist they strive for.
Phaedrus Pirsig March 05, 2014 at 08:30 PM
Stuart, are you for a raise in minimum wage or just against Rauner's 'shooting himself in the foot'? Are you against term limits or against the audacity that he said he could bring term limits. I for one appreciate the attempt and I appreciate other politicians seeing that voters want term limits, I feel it might bring more politicians that will run on that idea. Anyway I cannot find much on Plalabber or palabber.
Stuart Pearson` March 06, 2014 at 09:42 AM
Hello Phaedrus, and All: I am against Lowering the Minimum Wage Period. I am undecided as to Term Limits due to the fact that no matter what level your talking about "Money" from Companies (Large, or Small), Lobbyists, as well as Individual Wealthy People either control, or seek to control our Government thus trying to control how I as a member of the "John Q. Public" attempt to live my life. We've become so entangled in this Web of "Special Interest Groups" regardless of Political affiliation that we must somehow find a way out. Further, I don't have much faith in the Tea Party as they are too obstructionist in their stance and thus block legislation such as extending Unemployment Benefits, etc.
Citizen Sane March 17, 2014 at 10:08 PM
After being asked by many to share my preference....I will deliver said preference....I don't understand this thread and shan't reply.


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