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July 31, 2006

Money matters

All the Illinois Q-C legislative candidates have filed mid-year campaign finance reports except Sen. Mike Jacobs, whose report wasn't listed on the State Board of Elections website when I last checked at 8:30 tonight.

Here are the links. The number after each candidate's name is the "cash on hand as of June 30" amount.

State Rep. Pat Verschoore, District 72: $105,376.12. He has no opposition in the general election

State Rep., Mike Boland, District 71: $137,011.02. His opponent is ...

Steve Haring: $12,040.09.

James Beals, running against Sen. Jacobs: $4,561.79.

Sen. Mike Jacobs: current report not available; he had $179,187.99 on hand Feb. 19.

Beals' biggest contributors are GOP senate leader Frank Watson, $2,000; and the Rock Island County Republicans, $2,000.

Follow the links, explore; share your observations.

Posted by jcb at July 31, 2006 08:25 PM


Mr. Beydler, thank you for the report.

I have raised what was needed to campaign effectively for parade / fair season while informing voters during the Primary Election about my candidacy.

I think a group to keep an eye on is Pro-D out of Milan. Randy Jacobs, treasurer, signed a D-1 Statement of Organization on 19 January 06 and I have been watching their activity for the past 6 months. State Rep. Pat Verschoore is the Chairman.

In the past 6 months, the committee has raised close to $40,000 with most of the money coming from the Illinois Democratic County Chairman's Association.

In the recent semi-annual report, the Illinois Democratic County Chairman's Association showed transfers-out or expenditures that total $40,412.39 with a majority of it as "consulting" expenses conducted by PRO-D.

I hope the D/A and web-bloggers perform a little research on this one.

James M. Beals, State Senate Candidate, 36th District

Posted by: James Beals at July 31, 2006 10:30 PM

I think that James Beals has seen one to many James Bond movies. I know that he wanted to be a CIA man, but he needs to relax. He doesn't need to watch this organization for six months. Why exactly is he watching them for six months. What exactly is he trying to say and why isn't he saying it. He seems very interested in Pro-D. Maybe he needs to come out and say what he is doing rather than give these cryptic messages.

Posted by: The Watcher at July 31, 2006 11:02 PM

I am somewhat surprised that Mr. Haring doesn't have a better bank account balance at this point, but perhaps he's planning to surprise Rep. Mike Boland with more aggressive fund raising in the final stages of the general election campaign.

Off topic, but I want to send my best wishes to Dan and Christina Hynes, who are expecting twins in early November. Late last week Christina entered Northwestern Memorial Hospital having some difficulties. Comptroller Hynes is staying close to home and work and the hospital. I pray for good news on that front.

Posted by: values matter at August 1, 2006 12:06 AM

Mr. Beals is doing his homework. I will vote for him simply because he has the international business skills that can be easily applied to a political position.

Pro-D looks like an alter ego fund (sound familiar) that will only benefit Democratic candidates. Too bad the account balances do not reconcile. Where is the non-reported money? What is an elected State Representative doing as the Chairman of another political fund anyways?


I do not know what you are even doing as our Senator. You can not file a simple report on time. The appointment process should be banned unless their are extenuating circumstances.

Mike Jacobs, ENJOY THE FINE!

I hope the newspaper prints a little ink about your fine and incompetence as our appointed State Senator.

Posted by: Money Matters at August 1, 2006 12:55 PM

To Beals and any other right-leaning politician, here is a link to the right-wing answer to the left-wing netroots. I'm not sure how this will play, since conservatives have been a roots-based movement for some time.

The pathetic Democrats are only now waking up to the fact that limousine liberals and other fat-cats like George Soros cannot win the day for Democrats---they need the "people" not just the "powerful" behind them.

We certainly need some representation here that is not backed by the powerful Politburo. Right leaning candidates, go here for information.

Posted by: paladin at August 1, 2006 02:37 PM

Listen, I salute folks who can work their way through the maze of campaign finance reports. I know I sound like the late President Ronald Reagan, but like so much with state and federal government running campaigns have become a spiderweb of regulations for which you need attorneys and CPAs to keep up. I'm with Reagan on this one.

Then, what makes it worse is having folks like "money matters" an a previous post taking cheap shots at our public officials over nit-picky BS that has nothing to do with lawmaking and representation and the issues that affect the hard-working people of the region. Get a life, grow up and direct that energy toward the big issues that confront us.

Posted by: values matter at August 1, 2006 02:54 PM

Hey, JCB,

What are the deadlines for these disclosures? Has everybody met them? Thanks.

Posted by: Barb I at August 1, 2006 03:29 PM

Barb I -- deadline for the Jan. 1-June 20 semi-annual report was July 31, yesterday.

Among legislative candidates in the Illinois Q-C, all reports are listed on the state board of elections website except Sen. Mike Jacobs' -- his still wasn't there as of 4 p.m. today.

Here's a link to the disclosure calendar for this year.

Posted by: jcb at August 1, 2006 03:58 PM

Values Matter - if you had values then you would agree that the Democrats stole the Congressional Election from Mark Baker and it appears they are up to their shady tricks again.

It is pretty obvious that you are a Democrat supporting Jacobs / Verschoore, but not Boland. What I wrote questioned their accounting practices and why an elected State Representative was the Chairman this another committee.

MIKE JACOBS, where are you?

MIKE JACOBS, your report is still late!

MIKE JACOBS, your fine just increased!!

Perhaps you should spend less time schmoozing with a soon to be Lame Duck Governor and perform your financial obligation to the people and the Illinois State Board of Elections.

Posted by: Money Matters at August 2, 2006 12:16 PM

The reason that Jacobs has not filed is because he has brought in so much money that it is difficult to count it all.

Posted by: Anonymous at August 2, 2006 12:23 PM

I have a strong independent streak, money matters, and I don't need anyone to lecture me about whom I support. This game of "gotcha" over campaign finance reports sometimes lacks the values we want to see in political activists such as yourself. What an amazing political world we could have if we could channel all the energy devoted to playing "gotcha" and negative politics into actually bi-partisan problem solving.

I know I'm an idealist who gets tired of the immature and amateur political games and accusations on this blog and other blogs.

I'm going on vacation. To a beach. Stay cool everyone.

Posted by: values matter at August 2, 2006 02:59 PM

Are you kidding me, Paul Rumler took a big chunk of change out of Jacobs account.

Everybody knows that Jacobs gets into trouble when the count total exceeds the number of digits on his hands and toes. Is this why the report is late after having a month to file it.

Values - People should not cheat to win or use steroids to break records. When caught, they are rightfully stripped of their titles.

Posted by: Money Matters at August 2, 2006 04:57 PM

Values Matter makes a great point. Why don't you folks take a few days off and go on vacation. It's a disclosure report, not an international incident. Sheeeshhhhhh!

Posted by: KaetNelson at August 2, 2006 05:25 PM

All of the people that are trying to count Jacobs money are so overwhelmed and they thought that the state could use some extra cash.

Posted by: Anonymous at August 2, 2006 09:46 PM

Anon 12:23 p.m. -- Sen. Jacobs has demonstrated formidible fund-raising skills. I'm going to be surprised if the report, whenever it gets filed, doesn't show he's got more on hand than the congressional candidates, who run in much larger districts.

Still I don't think there's a deadline-exemption for "still counting."

Gov. Blagojevich took in about $6.1 million, and managed to file on time. Judy Baar Topinka took in about $3.1 million, and filed on time.

Good as the senator is at tapping contributors, I doubt he's dealing with numbers that big.

Posted by: jcb at August 2, 2006 11:16 PM

MIKE JACOBS, where are you?

MIKE JACOBS, your report is still late!

MIKE JACOBS, your fine just increased, again!!

Posted by: Money Matters at August 3, 2006 04:47 PM

From the Illlinois Election Code. Sec. 9‑10, (c): "... the treasurer of every political committee shall file semi‑annual reports of campaign contributions and expenditures no later than July 31st, covering the period from January 1st through June 30th immediately preceding, and no later than January 31st, covering the period from July 1st through December 31st of the preceding calendar year. Reports of contributions and expenditures must be filed to cover the prescribed time periods even though no contributions or expenditures may have been received or made during the period. The Board shall assess a civil penalty not to exceed $5,000 for a violation of this subsection, except that for State officers and candidates and political committees formed for statewide office, the civil penalty may not exceed $10,000. The fine, however, shall not exceed $500 for a first filing violation for filing less than 10 days after the deadline. ..." (Emphasis added)

Posted by: jcb at August 4, 2006 09:34 AM


Mike Jacobs report was filed this morning.

How big is the fine?

With your research I would guess that the fine will be less than $500 because Jacobs was appointed and his committee is new.

Looks like Paul Rumler took a BIG CHUNK out of the Jacobs finances.

Posted by: Money Matters at August 4, 2006 12:12 PM

Here's the link to Sen. Jacobs' filing.

He took in $92,000, spent $149,000 and had $121,836.11 on hand June 30.

Posted by: jcb at August 4, 2006 02:24 PM

Is Mike Jacobs trying to make a headline out of this? Why would he file late when the details are so humiliating. He spent $124,000.00 to his oponent's $5,000.00 during that period alone. This magnifies everything that is wrong with politics. Jacobs spent well over $200,000.00 in total to beat Paul Rumler.

There had been reports that Jacobs had a poll done just before the primary, and that Rumler was beating him by 10 points. I didn't believe that until right now. Mike got through the primary, but he had to outspend 40:1, and that's not even including the in-kind contribution of malicious phone calls from the Personal Pac (which I belive totalled upwards of $60,000.00). The phone calls were later reported to have been erroneous in that they made untrue statements about Rumler.

I am floored by the amount of money spent for "fundraising" dinners, campaign parties, etc. Do you know how hard it is to spend $1,400.00 at Hunters??? I for one don't think it's fair that candidates can buy huge amounts of food and alcohol for their friends and write it off as a campaign expense. Almost $400.00 on candy for the St. Patrick's Day Parade! Norb Andy's in Springfield did a good business, and so did the Blue Ribbon (apparently not enough to keep it's doors open though). $27,000.00 to Pat O'Brien for consulting during a 5 month period. All of this only yieded an incumbant a narrow victory. Was it worth it QC?

Posted by: Anonymous at August 4, 2006 02:42 PM

sure it was worth it.

Posted by: Anonymous at August 4, 2006 04:21 PM

Worth it, I don't think so.

We need to elect someone that cares about the people and who is one of us.

Paul Rumler should have won the primary.

Posted by: Anonymous at August 4, 2006 07:37 PM

It's great to see someone give back to those that help them. Mike gave $15,000 to Democrat candiates and party organizations. He also donated $15,000 to local charities. When is the last time you anonymous trolls gave anyone anything.

Why don't you print your name like I do.

Would you like a little cheese with that whine?

Posted by: KaetNelson at August 4, 2006 07:58 PM

The only thing that Paul Rumler needed was vote.
Funny how that works.

Posted by: Anonymous at August 5, 2006 01:52 PM

Kate, that's a ridiculous statement. Mike Jacobs didn't give away HIS money. He gave away campaign money. He gave away money that was given to him by his father (100K), and money that was given to him by PAC's that were afraid to endorse outside of the establishment. So let's not pretend that Jacobs is some kind of philanthropist.

The point that commentors above are trying to make, is that if there were even a halfway level playing field, Rumler would have won the primary.

I guess that's the way politics will be until there is some kind of campaign finance reform. It's too bad though, because Illinois could use a shot of youth in their government. Hopefully Rumler will get a chance to fill that void before too much longer.

Posted by: Anonymous at August 5, 2006 02:26 PM

Is it Kaet or Kate Nelson today?

Good thing there are educated people who can read the online candidate financial reports.

Mike Jacobs came nowhere close to giving 15,000 to either candidates or charity. Besides, it is not his personal money.

3 candidates helped in a common fundraiser and for their work efforts, they were PAID their fair share.

I would also say that Jacobs favorite charities are restaurants and the liquor box.

What about all of the mailers that Mike Jacobs sent out in the Primary. Where is the discloure for them - Printing and Mailing Costs?

Paul Rumler should have won the Primary and people SMEARED this good man using anonymous internet posts and unethical phone calls --spreading lies and rumors about him.

Posted by: Anonymous at August 5, 2006 04:03 PM

All readers, FYI -

Kate Nelson attempted to smear me about a month ago with a very malicious, untrue, rumor that I was fired from John Deere.

Paul Rumler, if you are reading, please give me a call.


James M. Beals, State Senate Candidate, 36th District

Posted by: James Beals at August 5, 2006 07:18 PM

Jacobs campaign money is his money. Are you realy having trouble understanding this.

Posted by: Bill Jones at August 6, 2006 04:02 PM

I reviewed Jacobs' semi-annual reports and noted Mike financially supported the following Democrat candidates and community organizations.

Sen. Mike Jacobschose to donate $500 to the Black Hawk College Democrats, $1,000 to Citizens for Black Hawk College, $848 to Auditor Dianh Robinson, $848 to Dick Leibovitz, $848 to Don Jacobs, $500 to Dan Hynes, $500 to Evans, $1,000 to Hare, $500 to the Mercer County Democrats, $1,000 to Democrat Candidate Mike Fredrichs, $1,000 to the Henry County Democrats, $1,000 to the Whiteside County Democrats $500 to the Carroll County Democrats, $202 to BlackHawk Township,$1,500 to the Rock Island COunty Democrat Party, $2,000 Friends of Lane Evans and $1,000 to the South Rock Island Democrats. In addtion, Jacobs gave thousands of dollars in donations under the amount of $150 a piece to various candidates for office.

On the community side, Sen. Jacobs was more than generous. Mike donated $500 to the American Heart Association, $200 to the Boy Scouts, $1,400 to the Boys and Girls Club, $525 to the Community Caring Conference, $1,000 to the Greek Cultural Fest, $500 to the East Moline Police, $307 to the IL QC Chamber, $300 to Moline Center Partners, $1,000 to the Moline Learning Center, $250 for Music in the Park, $250 fo the Silvis Fun Run, $300 IVIE, $400 Glenview Midddle School, $350 Quad City Botanical Center, $250 Sacred Heart School, $1,000 St George Orthodox, $500 East Moline Park Board, and $200 Alleman Boosters.

In addtion, Jacobs spent thousands of dollars on community based donations that totaled less than $150 a piece.

Now Beals, tell us what politcal and community organizations you supported during the last year. Feel free to list them all by name and organization, so that we verify your philanthropist spirit. Well, go on.

While Jacobs may not qualify as a philanthropist, he is veryt, very supportive of local Democrats and community based groups.

Posted by: KaetNelson at August 6, 2006 11:11 PM

Again, it's not HIS money. And if the PAC's had known he was beat-able they would have given the money to someone else.

Posted by: Anonymous at August 7, 2006 06:43 AM

Your wrong anonymous troll. It is Jacobs' money. He raised it and spends it. If you don't think it is his money, why is it in his bank account? In addition, Senator Mike Jacobs determines what to do with the money he raises. (Duhhhhh.)

I think it is nice of Senator Mike Jacobs to help these candidates and community organizations. He doesn't have to. He could horde every penny and never help anyone but himself, but that's not the way "Big Mike Jacobs" likes to roll!

Beals, you still have't told us about your political and charitbale giving. Well, go on.

Posted by: KatetNelson at August 7, 2006 11:17 AM

What about Steve Haring who is running against Boland and his Madigan money?

Posted by: Anonymous at August 7, 2006 11:26 AM

Hey, Katet/Kaet/Kate: Why doesn't Mike Jacobs tell us himself about his "political and charitbale (sic) giving"? Why does Jacobs hide behind mouthpieces like you? What's he afraid of?

Why is he afraid to confront those who selected him, and those who did not?

Is he afraid that he might be asked questions that he either did not want to answer or could not?

Let's hear from Mike Jacobs and not his mouthpieces.

Posted by: paladin at August 7, 2006 01:42 PM

Senator Mike Jacobs as I know from talking to him doesn't want to sponsor these sites. Why would he go out of his way to raise the awarness of people that constantly attack him.
Some of us have supporters Mr. Beals.

Posted by: Judy Thomas at August 7, 2006 01:51 PM

If I was Mike Jacobs I wouldn't come anywhere near this blog or TID. If you want answers why don't you call his office. 797-0001

Posted by: Anonymous at August 7, 2006 01:54 PM

Anonymous at August 7, 2006 06:43 AM,
What are you talking about. Jacobs won his appointment process by a landslide as did Phil Hare. Jacobs then won his Primary by a landslide. Where are you getting that Jacobs is beatable.

For the record, Jacobs will be raising more funds soon and we will see if the PAC's think Jacobs is beatable or not. His raising funds will show that you are all wet. That will ring the bell of truth.

Posted by: Stu Battenburg at August 7, 2006 01:57 PM

Or you can call Mr. Beals at 309-764-7990.

Posted by: Anonymous at August 7, 2006 02:16 PM

Why does Beals want Rumler to call him? I'd be interested to know, since Beals did it in a public format.

Posted by: Anonymous at August 7, 2006 02:29 PM

If Mike Jacobs will not answer questions from those who are not fawning supporters, then Mike Jacobs is a coward.

Posted by: paladin at August 7, 2006 02:30 PM

They won't call his office because they are afraid to show their own identity. They like to peck from afar and care little about what they real answers are. They like to speculate in a forum such as this.

Posted by: Anonymous at August 7, 2006 02:35 PM


You need to shuffle your deck, you've already used the term "all wet", which is hardly common these days.

"The Speaker is all wet. If the Speaker's bill passes, it will sink the economies of riverboat communities. I, for one, will stand up to this misguided effort" - Mike Jacobs comparing himself to Rosa Parks

Landslide? When? He was trailing by 10 points with a couple of weeks left in the primary, and had to spend over 200K. If the national GOP gets involved with Zinga, I think it is certainly correct to label him as "beat-able" as Beals would get peripheral exposure.

Posted by: Anonymous at August 7, 2006 02:58 PM

Paladine, why do you think Beals won't tell you what community groups his campaign has supported? Please advise.

What legitimate question do you want Illinois Senator Mike Jacobs to answer? If you are a coward and afraid to call him and ask, maybe I can. Well, go ahead and ask Pal.

Posted by: KatetNelson at August 7, 2006 03:07 PM

Nice try anon@2:35 (at least I have a name, even if it's fake!) but I did call Jacobs' office today and asked about why he has the most unitemized expenditures in the state.

Naturally, the secretary had no clue, but she promised to get back to me tomorrow after she talked to Big Mike.

Trust me, I'll report back if I ever hear from Big Mike or his minions.

And how dare you smear me as one who is "afraid to show their (sic) identity....and care little about what they(sic)answers are."

It's hilarious that someone who is "anon" criticizes me for not showing my identity, but so typical of the hypocrisy shown by the Party of the Powerful.

Posted by: paladin at August 7, 2006 03:15 PM

Sorry Katet, but I've already asked Jacobs my question and am awaiting his answer.

And really, why should Beals answer anymore questions from the likes of you or anyone, when his opponent won't answer questions from ANYONE?

Posted by: paladin at August 7, 2006 03:19 PM

Beals won't answer about how much moolah he is receiving in his law suit against Hollars Bar or the people involved (the bar owner, the guy who jacked him). I doubt he will answer your question.

Posted by: Anonymous at August 7, 2006 03:21 PM

There is another hearing on Thursday. Maybe you could ask Mr. Beals then.

Posted by: Anonymous at August 7, 2006 04:06 PM

I just talked to Mike Jacobs and he says the reason he has the most unitemized expenditures in the state is because he "gives back to the community", obviously more than any other IL Senator.

The conversation was interesting in that at first he denied the charge, then later claimed all his unitemized expenditures were because he helps more in the community than any other Senator in the State of Illinois.

I report, you decide.

I do give Mike kudos for at least calling me back right away.

Posted by: paladin at August 7, 2006 04:29 PM

So what, does he hand out 100's to people in the community. It would be really difficult to shell out that much un-itemized dough. As reported on the dope, the dollar amount is the equivalent of 119 dispersements of $150.00 or less. Nobody else in the state was even close.

Paladin, it's interesting that he intially denied the charge, and then offered a bogus explanation. He either doesn't know where the money, or doesn't want us to know.

Posted by: Anonymous at August 7, 2006 08:34 PM

Maybe Palidin could clear up what He meant about the denial and the conversation as a whole.

Posted by: Anonymous at August 7, 2006 11:08 PM

Anon, looking back on my conversation with Mike, I probably caught him by surprise when I asked him why he had the most unitemized expenditures. My guess is that immediate denial of any charge is reflexive in most politicians and probably most others as well.

After his denial, he then said that Blogo, Amos Jones, Jim deLeo, etc. had more. I realized I had not framed my question adequately. So after some clarification and Mike's attempt to hash over campaign finance laws, eventually we got to the nut of it.

This is when Mike said that his many unitemized expenditures were because he used the money to give back to the community. He said both his father and grandfather had done the same thing. I asked him twice about this, because I wanted to make sure that I was clear about his reason for doing this, since I knew I was going to come back here and blab about it.

After the initial rough start, it was mostly a pleasant conversation. He told me an anecdote about a woman he had helped in Savanna, and we commiserated on the abomination that is McCain-Feingold and how it violated everyone's free speech. He asked me where I lived (as if he didn't know) then told me had contributed ($149.99?) to Tug Fest.

Some final thoughts:

1. It's possible Mike didn't know he had the most unitemized expenditures in the state, and when confronted with the fact went into defensive crouch.

2. He asked me where I got my information, and when I mentioned the word "website" he went ballistic. I'm thinking now that he fears the internet more than he fears anwering to his constituents. I called Mike a "coward" on another thread, and Mike, if you're reading this, I do apologize. Someday politicians will conduct internet forums with the voters and it will be as common as appearing in parades. That day isn't here yet, but Mellon and Beals have shown us the future of political discourse.

3. Mike really dislikes Boland.

4. I'm probably still not going to vote for him because the way he got his position still really frosts my pumpkin.

Posted by: paladin at August 8, 2006 12:40 PM

Did Jacobs tell you he really dislikes Boland or are you just assuming Paladin?

Posted by: Anonymous at August 8, 2006 03:20 PM

Beals is showing you the future of political discourse? I worked with the guy and trust me, don't believe everything you read that he writes.

Posted by: Anonymous at August 8, 2006 03:22 PM

Come on John! Now you're just asking for another "letter" from James Beals. He'll rant and rave that he never worked with anyone that knows that he can write.

Posted by: jojo at August 8, 2006 03:56 PM

Anon@3:20: Obviously Jacobs didn't just come right out and say he disliked Boland, but that was my impression after he took a few shots at him during the course of our conversation. No, I don't remember the specifics.

Anon@3:22: Please consider the context of my comment about Beals and Mellon. It was concerning the future use of the internet in politics. Both Beals and Mellon used the internet to bolster their candidacies. They are also on the younger side of politics. Eventually the dinosaurs will waddle off to the tar pits and the internet will not be an oddity, but an important part of the political process.

You can call me Nostradamus. ;-)

Posted by: paladin at August 8, 2006 04:44 PM

He took shots at Boland but you can't remember the specifics. How convenient for you Paladin. How convenient.

Posted by: Anonymous at August 9, 2006 11:05 AM

I currently work with James Beals and I think he is a pretty nice guy. I would believe everything he reads and I hope he wins.

I was impressed that he is running a clean campaign and that he defended the reputation of himself and his opponent when there were some mean web-bloggies attacking them.

Posted by: Anonymous at August 9, 2006 12:24 PM

It's refreshing that Jacobs and Beals have agreed to run clean campaigns. Wish some of the commenters would take follow their lead. It's easy to play nasty when no one knows who you are. It's going to be a long time till November...

Posted by: Anonymous at August 9, 2006 03:35 PM

I do not know what is true or not true, but based on the tone and word choice of many comments, I would say that there is a lot of hatred and smear going around that has, once again, attacked both candidates.

Posted by: Anonymous at August 9, 2006 05:19 PM

I challenge both Beals and Jacobs, both Haring and Boland, both Zinga and Hare, and both Topinka and Blagojevich to sign the "Fair Campaign Practices Code of Conduct" ... well, Topinka and Blagojevich have already violated it but there's hope for the other races.

Posted by: values matter at August 23, 2006 02:46 PM

Does anyone really care? This isn't exactly jacks. People are fighting for their political lives here. Watch when the races heat up what happens?

Posted by: This is their passion at August 27, 2006 09:30 PM