Betsy Londrigan Continues to Raise Campaign Cash for Madigan as He Doubles Down on His Support for Her
Madigan says he’ll continue to “lead the effort” to elect Betsy Londrigan to Congress, Londrigan continues to raise campaign cash for Madigan through their joint PAC
Taylorville, IL – A growing number of state Democratic lawmakers are calling for Speaker Mike Madigan’s immediate resignation following his implication in a $1.3 million bribery scheme, but Madigan defied those calls yesterday and said he’s staying put. He went even further and said he’ll continue to “lead the effort” to elect more Democrats like Betsy Londrigan to Congress.
But with all of Madigan’s baggage, does Londrigan want to be associated with him? Apparently so. Londrigan continues to raise campaign cash for Madigan and her campaign is working hand-in-hand with Madigan’s political organization, just like they did in the 2018 election cycle.
“The fact that Mike Madigan took time in his ‘I’m not resigning’ statement to double down on his support for Betsy Londrigan tells us all we need to know about Londrigan. She’s hitched her wagon to Madigan. Even after Madigan’s implication in a $1.3 million bribery scheme, Londrigan continues to raise campaign cash for him through their joint fundraising PAC. Londrigan’s tolerance for Madigan’s corruption is shameful. Democrats like Londrigan are the reason why Madigan has stayed in power for so long.” – Aaron DeGroot, Davis campaign spokesperson
More state Democrats call for Madigan to resign
A growing number of state Democratic lawmakers are calling for Madigan’s immediate resignation:
- State Rep. Kelly Cassidy
- State Rep. Terra Costa Howard
- State Rep. Stephanie Kifowit
- State Rep. Anne Stava-Murray
- State Sen. Healther Steans
- State Sen. Melinda Bush
- State Sen. Iris Martinez
Absent from that list is Betsy Londrigan. She believes that Madigan should get the benefit of the doubt up until the point he’s found guilty. That’s no surprise because she continues to maintain close financial ties to Madigan, even after his implication in a bribery scheme.
Madigan defies calls to resign, says he’ll continue to lead the effort to “expand the Illinois Congressional delegation”
Late yesterday evening, Madigan issued a statement defying calls to resign, saying he’s received positive feedback from members of his caucus and enjoys their support. He also noted that he will “continue to lead the effort” to elect more Democrats to Congress by “expand[ing] the Illinois congressional delegation.” Obviously, Madigan was referring to Betsy Londrigan, the only offensive race on his radar.
Londrigan continues to raise campaign cash for Madigan
Betsy Londrigan and Mike Madigan operate a joint fundraising PAC, which is still in operation today, even after the latest corruption allegations against Madigan. So far this year, the Londrigan has contributed over $34,000 to Madigan through their joint PAC:
In the 2018 election cycle, the Londrigan-Madigan joint fundraising PAC contributed over $91,000 to Madigan.
Londrigan’s campaign is working hand-in-hand with Madigan’s political machine
In 2018, Madigan spent over $293,000 on behalf of Londrigan’s campaign for Congress. Londrigan’s campaign will rely on significant support from Madigan again this year.
Corporate lobbyists in Madigan’s “inner circle” are funding Londrigan’s campaign
A group of corporate lobbyists associated with Madigan, some of whom have lobbied for ComEd at varying times, have contributed a combined $9,350 to Londrigan’s campaign this election cycle. The Chicago Tribune referred to those lobbyists as members of Madigan’s “inner circle.”