Friday, February 1, 2008

Going once, going twice . . .

Posted By on 02.01.08 at 12:15 PM

Maybe people have figured out it's possible to buy a public office, or maybe the cost of public service is going up like the price of bread and gas. It could be that lots of people have decided they'd really like to spend their extra thousands on campaign mailings, or perhaps they've just realized their biggest fans are themselves. Whatever the cause, this year's local primaries have inspired a bunch of citizens to dip into their own bank accounts to finance election campaigns--and not just for sexy offices like recorder of deeds.

Here's a list of some of the top recipients of campaign contributions from themselves. (It includes donations and loans given since July 2007 in their own names, the names of their companies or firms, or the names of close family members like parents and spouses. And it's probable that it's not complete--so look at these numbers as "at least" totals.)

 

Anita Alvarez

State's attorney

 $640,000.00

James A. Shapiro

Circuit court judge

 $359,000.00

Jay Paul Deratany

Board of Review

 $350,000.00

Mariyana Spyropoulos

Water reclamation district commissioner

 $268,359.00

Dean Maragos

Water reclamation district commissioner

 $186,937.00

Robert Milan

State's attorney

 $150,000.00

Larry Suffredin

State's attorney

 $120,000.00

Jonathan Bedi

State senate, 5th District

 $105,000.00

Ed Smith

Recorder of deeds

 $100,000.00

James Byrne

Circuit court judge

 $ 65,000.00

Gideon Baum

Circuit court judge

 $ 50,700.62

Kenny Johnson

State house, 26th District

 $ 50,000.00

Eugene Moore

Recorder of deeds

 $ 43,800.00

Rosaire Marie Hall

Circuit court judge

 $ 33,265.00

Sandi Jackson

Democratic committeeman, 7th Ward

 $ 25,000.00

Heather Steans

State senate, 7th District

 $ 25,000.00

Derrick David Stinson

Water reclamation district commissioner

 $ 22,655.00

Tommy Brewer

State's attorney

 $ 20,000.00

Frank Avila

Water reclamation district commissioner

 $ 12,655.00

Paul Chadha

State house, 26th District

 $ 10,000.00

John O. Steele

Appellate judge

 $ 10,000.00

AmySue Mertens

State senate, 5th District.

 

 $   6,080.41

Phillip Jackson

State house, 26th District

 $   5,330.00

Rich Bradley

State senate, 20th District

 $   5,000.00

 

 

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