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Last week, I noted that Illinois Rep. Mark Kirk’s vote for cap-and-tax was a factor in the state GOP delegation refusing to endorse him for a Senate run.
Guess he’s not getting the message: After much waffling, he has decided to launch his candidacy on July 20:
Kirk to Announce Statewide Candidacy
Who: Congressman Mark Kirk
When: Monday, July 20
Time: 10:30 am
Where: To Be Announced (Northern Suburbs of Chicago)
What: Congressman Mark Kirk will announce his candidacy for statewide office at a press conference in the 10th Congressional District on Monday, July 20. Details, including location and time, will be announced later in the week.
More bad news for fiscal conservatives who reject the globwal warming cult of Al Gore: Illinois GOP chairman Andy McKenna has stepped aside for Kirk. Via the Chicago Tribune:
State Republican Party Chairman Andy McKenna said Monday he’ll bow out if U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk of the North Shore makes a bid for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate next year.
…Kirk and McKenna met with Republican members of the state’s congressional delegation to make a pitch for the GOP Senate nomination, and at one point McKenna appeared to be ready to run regardless of Kirk’s decision. But that changed during discussions over the weekend.
Wonder what changed McKenna’s mind. To be blunt: This sucks. The GOP needs candidates who oppose job-killing and eco-hysteria, not accomodationists who will sell out their constituents for green special interests.
Take a look at this report from Champion News on a top Kirk donor’s vested interest in cap-and-tax:
One of the largest campaign contributors to U.S. Congressman Mark Kirk would reap huge financial benefits after passage of the Waxman-Markey climate control legislation (“cap & trade”).
Kirk was one of only eight Republican House Members who voted for cap & trade, and he was the only Republican from Illinois to do so.
Chicago-based energy giant Exelon Corporation has contributed a total of $94,873 to Kirk since his first winning race for Congress in 2000. That’s according to the respected online resource OpenSecrets.org. That same independent organization reports that Exelon has been Kirk’s second largest contributor over the Congressman’s entire career.
According to OpenSecrets.org, Kirk received $34,100 from Exelon for the 2008 election cycle alone. Exelon also ranked as Kirk’s second largest contributor for that one cycle.
Note that federal law bars corporations from contributing to candidates for federal office. Therefore, the contributions discussed here came from the corporation’s PAC, its employees and officers, and those individuals’ immediate families. Totals include contributions attributable to subsidiaries and affiliates.
Champion News independently analyzed Kirk’s campaign disclosure reports filed with the Federal Election Commission and we found combined Exelon contributions of $93,950 – representing an immaterial difference from the combined total reported by OpenSecrets.org.
Our analysis covered the period from the year 2000 through March 31, 2009 – the most recent period for which reports are available.
Very few politicians have received more in contributions from Exelon over the years than Mark Kirk. But one who has is also a huge supporter of cap & trade. According to The New York Times, since 2003, executives and employees of Exelon have contributed at least $227,000 to Barack Obama’s campaigns for U.S. Senate and for President.
Back in February of last year, The New York Times also detailed how Obama helped Exelon as a U.S. Senator. The same story also noted that Obama’s chief political strategist David Axelrod had worked as a consultant to Exelon…Exelon has been a leading supporter of cap & trade.
Mark Kirk. Barack Obama. Cap-and-tax peas in a pod.
Note well: If you contribute to the NRSC, you will be helping elect Mark Kirk to the Senate.
Let the GOP donor beware.