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Dark Money SuperPAC—Funded by One of Ira Silverstein's Largest Backers—Now Spending in This Race

Updated: Mar 11, 2018

A dark money Super PAC funded by one of Ira Silverstein's largest backers is now spending in this race. 

The Super PAC is spending $55,000 on another candidate to split up the anti-incumbent vote so that Silverstein has a chance at winning this election.

We can't let that happen.

That's why I need your help now more than ever to send a true progressive leader to Springfield. With only 11 days left until the election we need your help in these three specific ways:

1. Volunteer - knock doors or make phone calls (can be done remotely) on:

2. Register for Voter Circle - A user-friendly platform to help you spread the word about our campaign to your friends. It's REALLY useful to us and very easy to use. Click HERE to learn more and sign up.

3. Make one final contribution to our campaign - CLICK HERE! We need your help to make sure we can cover our budget as we head down the homestretch!

I need your help to make sure an unethical incumbent DOES NOT head back to Springfield. Please help in one of these three ways.

Yours truly, Ram


1. State Senator Ira Silverstein accused of sexual harassment on October 31, 2017.[1]

2. Chicagoland Operators Joint Labor-Management PAC (7th Highest Donor to Silverstein for Senator) has given his committee $26,000 in total with latest contribution of $7,000.00 on Nov 16, 2017.[2] [3]

Chicago Land Operations Joint Labor-Management PAC also made a contribution to Friends of Debra Silverstein of $5,000.00 on November 16, 2017.[4]

3. International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 endorses Ira Silverstein on February 23, 2018 in a letter signed by James M Sweeny. [9]

4. Fight Back for a Better Tomorrow Super PAC (founded on Jan 12, 2018) has same officers and address as Chicago Land Operations Joint Labor-Management PAC above which supported Silverstein for Senator.[5] [6]

a. Chairman: James M Sweeney

b. Address: 6170 Joliet Rd, Ste 200, Countryside, IL 60525-4066

James M Sweeny is also the Chairman of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 which endorsed Ira Silverstein. It is located at 6200 Joliet Rd, Countryside, IL 60525-3957 (200 feet away from the above address). [10]

5. Fight Back for a Better Tomorrow Super PAC paid Great Lakes Message & Media $55,385.40 on March 7, 2018 as an independent expenditure to produce mailings in support of IL-8th State Senate district candidate Caroline McAteer-Fournier.[7] [8]

[1] Source: http://bit.ly/2IcTQYL

[2] Source: http://bit.ly/2ttAhbh

[3] Source: http://bit.ly/2DcCbfO

[4] Source: http://bit.ly/2p2J3Yf

[5] Source: http://bit.ly/2ttAhbh

[6] Source: http://bit.ly/2Fqux3r

[7] Source: http://bit.ly/2FyHI5Z

[8] Source: http://bit.ly/2FDpbp6

[9] Source: https://ibb.co/mEf5oS

[10] Source: http://bit.ly/2HomqVI