Republican gubernatorial candidate Richard Irvin transferred $800,000 from his Ken Griffin-funded campaign to two members of his GOP slate just over a month before the June 28 primary.
Secretary of State nominee John Milhiser received $500,000 from the Irvin Fund for Illinois on Friday, while Attorney General nominee Steve Kim received $300,000 from the Irvin Fund, records show. state campaign. The pair are part of a list of Republicans seeking statewide offices set up by Irvin’s campaign and backed by Griffin, Illinois’ wealthiest individual and founding billionaire and CEO of the Citadel hedge fund.
Griffin has already given Irvin, who is Aurora’s mayor, $45 million to help Irvin secure the Republican gubernatorial nomination and challenge Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker in November.
Irvin, at a campaign stop on Saturday, said more money would come for Milhiser, Kim and others on the Griffin-backed list.
“Early on, we said our campaign wasn’t just about supporting myself and (running mate) Avery Bourne, and our slate of candidates,” Irvin said. “We’re going to be supporting the candidates all the way through the ballot, so this is the start of our show of support for people to make sure we can get many Republicans across the finish line.”
Milhiser, a former federal and Springfield County prosecutor, is seeking the Republican nomination for secretary of state. Democrat Jesse White has been secretary of state since 1999 but is not running for office. Milhiser faces State Rep. Dan Brady of Bloomington in the GOP primary. On the Democratic side, former State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, Chicago City Clerk Anna Valencia, Chicago Ald. David Moore, 17th, and Sidney Moore of Homewood are vying for that party’s nomination.
Kim, a Deerfield attorney, is vying for the GOP nomination for attorney general against attorney Tom DeVore of Sorento and David Shestokas of Orland Park. DeVore filed numerous unsuccessful lawsuits against the masking warrants, but also filed the lawsuit that led the Illinois Court of Appeals in February to rule on Pritzker’s moot appeal from a ruling by a lower court that lifted its mandatory school masking policy.
Kim sought the Attorney General’s office in 2010 but lost and four years later was Treasurer Dan Rutherford’s running mate when Rutherford ran for governor but lost the GOP nomination.
Whoever wins the GOP nomination for attorney general will face Democratic Attorney General Kwame Raoul of Chicago’s first term in the fall.
Irvin’s main campaign benefactor is Griffin, who has been engaged in a feud for years with Pritzker, who is himself a billionaire. Irvin’s campaign previously gave Milhiser and Kim $50,000 each.
Both candidates have done little to seek statewide name recognition, and Irvin-Griffin’s latest cash could allow them to begin limited television advertising.
“It’s a big state, so we really need to get my message out about crime and corruption and tackle this crime problem that we have here,” Kim said during an early voting campaign stop in the city. western suburb of Elmhurst on Saturday. .
Irvin’s campaign previously gave $50,000 to Shannon Teresi of Crystal Lake, who is the slate candidate for comptroller to face Democratic incumbent Susana Mendoza of Chicago. Neither Teresi nor Mendoza have competition in their respective primaries. State Representative Tom Demmer of Dixon is Irvin’s slate nominee for treasurer. By the end of March, he had close to $450,000 in cash, which he had raised on his own. He will challenge Democratic incumbent Michael Frerichs of Champaign in the fall. Neither Demmer nor Frerichs have competition in their respective primaries.