This information came from Tri-Count-Teas. I have removed the specific example because West Suburban Patriots does NOT work for, support, endorse or represent ANY CANDIDATES from ANY POLITICAL PARTY or any independent candidates.
If you’d like to identify contributions to/expenditures for a given legislator in IL, use the following steps:
- Got to the website for the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform (www.ilcampaign.org)
- Click on the tab ‘Sunshine Database’
- Click on the option ‘Search Sunshine Database’
- Go the box entitled ‘Start Search Here’ and click on the arrow in order to display the ‘drop down’ options
- Click on ‘Candidate’
- Go to the box above which it reads ‘You Can Specify A Candidate's Last Name’
- Type ‘politician’s name’ in the box and click on the ‘Search’ button below
- What you will see is ‘his name and office’ – His name has a hyper-link and the notation indicates it’s his record for his district and that he is a Republican-or-Democrat. Click on his name.
- Information here is for the 2011-2012 legislative session and the corresponding contributions and expenditures of that candidate during this session. Click where it says ‘Top 15 Contributors’
- As you visually scroll down that page, you’ll see at the bottom of the ‘Top 15 Contributors’ another link entitled ‘View All Contributors to name’ – Click on that link.
- You now see each of the contributions to this politician for 2011-12
- Note: sometimes entries appear to be different, but are actually the same contributor. For instance, “Illinois Political Action Committee for Education,” “IPACE” and “I.P.A.C.E.” are all the same.
- Click on an entry’s link and you will see how much and when each contribution was made.
- Go back and try another search on the politician and change the date range to 2009-2010
Having the contribution information can add perspective to certain votes for a legislator. Sometimes contributions come right around the time of controversial votes. For instance, look for contribution from the electric utility, Ameren, right after the vote to override the governor’s veto of the Smart Grid Bill (SB1652).