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Proviso Probe

Friday, September 11, 2009

Davis not answering Q: has campaign money been moved from federal account to state account?

On Monday, September 7, 2009, I sent the following email to Tumia Romero. Romero is a longtime member of Congressman Danny K. Davis and Davis' campaign website (for President of the Cook County Board) lists her as the point of contact for the campaign. Davis is also circulating nominating petitions to run for re-election to Congress. He cannot run for both offices in the same election cycle.
Dear Tumia Romero,

Has Congressman Davis closed his federal campaign committee? Does he have plans to?

If he's decided to run for President of the Cook County Board, why keep a federal campaign committee active?

How much money has Congressman Davis transferred to his committee paying for his campaign for President of the Cook County Board?


Carl Nyberg

This is significant because Davis can file for either office, U.S. Representative or President of the Cook County Board. Many people speculate that Davis won't file for President of the Cook County Board. He asks people to support his candidacy for President, but he's keeping the option open of running for Congress. He discussed this at the Malcolm X College candidate forum.

Under state law, Davis can move an unlimited amount of money from his federal campaign committee to his committee for a state or local office. Under federal law he cannot transfer money in the other direction. (Many types of contributions allowed under Illinois law are not allowed under federal law.)

I made a follow-up call to Romero a little before 1 PM on Tuesday. I asked her if Davis had transferred the money from a federal campaign account to a state/local account. She said she didn't know, would check and would call me back.

I left another voicemail at 9 AM Wednesday morning.

Romero has neither responded to my email or returned my phone call.

IMO, the most reasonable inference is that Davis wants to have the option of running for re-election to Congress. I think Davis would like circumstances to clear a path for him to be the Democratic nominee for President of the Cook County Board. Davis probably wants powerful Democratic Party officials (like Michael Madigan, Richard M. Daley and Dick Durbin) and heavy hitters from the Black clergy (Rev. James Meeks, the COGIC bishops, etc.) to muscle Davis through the process.

For various reasons, the power brokers aren't going to muscle Davis through the process. Today the Cook County Democratic Committeemen (Chicago and suburbs) declined to endorse any of the five candidates (Dorothy Brown, Davis, Terry O'Brien, Toni Preckwinkle or Todd Stroger).

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    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 10:47 PM, September 11, 2009  

  • Davis is a well-liked legislator on the Hill. He tends towards alot of feel-good/nice resolutions and bills. He's not a rabble-rouser. It helps that he has a voice that lends itself to soaring oratory.

    I'm glad to hear he's kept his option of staying in Congress. I wonder who might be trying to nudge him out of his Congressional District?

    What I do find puzzling is Todd Stroger. Todd learned his political ABC's at his father's knees. The Daley family, the Democrats, the Machine and the bi-partisan Combine, all helped him along. How could Todd be such a poor and vulnerable politician?

    By Anonymous Ida Jablanovec, at 1:21 PM, September 12, 2009  

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