News

Study Recommends Changes to Funding Political Campaigns

Study Recommends Changes to Funding Political Campaigns

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

Unions and defense contractors love to donate to candidates for Congress.

Daniel Newman of MapLight advocates for change. “What we need to do is to implement in Illinois systems like they have in Arizona and Connecticut, where they have citizen funding of elections,” he says. “They get help from public funding, so when they’re elected, they’re only accountable to you, the voter.”

His group has put out information showing nine U.S. House candidates on Illinois ballots Tuesday have each raised more than $1 million. They’ve found the top 10 donors to Illinois U. S. House campaigns are mostly unions and defense contractors, and that latter group makes up the top five donors to U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) – almost $250,000 worth since January 2013.

Recent Headlines

in Entertainment

‘The Book of Life’ takes No. 1 spot on bestsellers list

bookoflife

The final novel of the time-traveling trilogy written by Deborah Harkness, shot straight to the top of the bestsellers list.

in Music

Steven Tyler launches eyeglasses collection

steventyler

The Aerosmith rocker is designing his own line of glasses.

in Music

Former KISS star gets songwriting help from fiancée

ace

Ace Frehley is hoping to give his fiancée a big musical boost after collaborating with her on his new album "Space Invader."