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Thursday, July 3, 2008


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The Hispanic Democratic Organization filed papers this week shutting down its official campaign committee (which may not mean it doesn't exist anymore in another form).

A few hours earlier, 12th Ward alderman George Cardenas, one of the last people elected with the help of the infamous group, filed paperwork showing a precipitous drop in fund-raising—from tens of thousands of dollars last year down to zilch so far in 2008.

The HDO was seemingly on the wane after the feds started indicting people in the City Hall hiring scandal a couple of years ago. But during aldermanic election season last year, sources told me they’d seen HDO leaders and minions campaigning with Cardenas in his southwest-side ward. When pressed, the alderman didn’t deny it. But despite being a top target of organized labor, Cardenas crushed his well-funded challenger.

He appeared to have little trouble raising money then. During the first half of 2007, including the campaign season, Cardenas raked in about $180,000 from donors and borrowed another $30,000 from his personal funds. From July to December of last year his fund-raising slowed, as would be expected following an election cycle, but he still collected more than $33,000, respectable for a Chicago alderman.

Then came 2008. Here’s what the top of his latest report, covering the first six months of this year, looked like:


1. Individual Contributions:

    a. Itemized $0.00

    b. Not-Itemized $0.00

2. Transfers In:

    a. Itemized $0.00

    b. Not-Itemized $0.00

3. Loans Received:

    a. Itemized $0.00

    b. Not-Itemized $0.00

4. Other Receipts:

    a. Itemized $0.00

    b. Not-Itemized $0.00

TOTAL RECEIPTS (1-4) $0.00

Oh, and he still owes himself that $30K. 

Maybe Cardenas is going to need to build his own political organization between now and 2011.

Regardless, it's curious.


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