A candidate for mayor of Chicago tried out a new campaign tactic on Sunday that will likely be very popular among potential voters, handing out cash at a church event.
“An aide to Wilson said the businessman gave away $300,000 to 2,000 people through the Dr. Willie Wilson Foundation, a 501(c)(3),” according to local WGN-TV. ‘Such organizations are tax-exempt, must not be organized for the benefit of private interests and are restricted in how much political activities they can conduct. Wilson says he organized the giveaway to assist homeowners who are struggling to pay their property tax bills.”
Willie Wilson is a Chicago businessman and former mayoral and presidential candidate. Wilson insisted the event was “not campaign related.”
“My wife and I have been blessed by God to be able to get a few of the material things out of life and so it’s up to us to now continually to share back with all of you all and others,” Wilson said.
State Rep. David McSweeney blasted Wilson on Twitter.
“Check this out if you wonder why Illinois politicians are often a national joke,” he said. “How can Willie Wilson, a candidate for Mayor of Chicago, literally hand out CASH at a public event? This is so wrong!”
Check this out if you wonder why Illinois politicians are often a national joke. How can Willie Wilson, a candidate for Mayor of Chicago, literally hand out CASH at a public event? This is so wrong!
— Rep. David McSweeney (@1980reagan) July 22, 2018
But F. Scott Winslow, Wilson’s campaign spokesman, had a different take entirely, saying that the event was “absolutely not” a campaign event.
“While he happens to be a candidate, he’s been a philanthropist for 30 years,” Winslow said.
Oddly enough, there are no other records of Wilson handing out cash at a church function. Surely it is coincidental.
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, a Republican who is currently seeking re-election, was also at the church function, and took some time to bash Chicago’s exhorbitant property tax.
“You pay the highest property taxes in America here in Chicago and the South Side and the south suburbs,” he said. “This is wrong. The system is broken and I’m trying to fix it.”
IT’S REAL: Four New Jersey Democrats Charged With Election Fraud in Mail-In Ballot Scheme
They’re all Democrats.
Four men, two of whom are Democratic city council members, have been charged with running a voter fraud operation in the town of Paterson, New Jersey.
New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced charges of mail-in voting fraud, election fraud, and illegal possession of mail-in ballots against Michael Jackson, Alex Mendez, Shelim Khalique, and Abu Rayzen.
Jackson is an active city councilman, while Mendez is a councilman-elect. Khalique is the brother of another Paterson city councilman, and Rayzen is a campaign operative for Khalique’s brother, Shahin Khalique.
The charges allege that Jackson took it upon himself to pick up completed mail-in ballots from voters in the city and delivered them to the Passaic County Board of Elections. Jackson failed to disclose to the board of elections that he delivered ballots for that he’s a city council member, and in one case, a ballot that he picked up that was unsealed was delivered to the election authorities sealed and completed.
Mendez is also accused of the same form of dishonest ballot harvesting, declining to reveal that he was a candidate for office when dropping off mail-in ballots. He’s also charged with falsifying and tampering with records.
Although they’re rarely enforced, New Jersey laws criminalizing election fraud have strict penalties, and it’s possible that the men could face prison sentences of up to ten years if they’re convicted of the second-degree felonies of which they’re charged.
A state investigation into the recent Paterson city election spurred the criminal charges, with AG Grewal revealing that 20% of the ballots filed in the election were fraudulent.
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