Gov. Pat Quinn’s campaign has turned to Squeezy the Python tactics to explain the impact of investments in the Cayman Islands, in the hopes to keep the focus on his gubernatorial Republican opponent Bruce Rauner.
Using an Austin-based animator Kristen Maxwell and Michael Brandl, an economist at the Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business, the camp is releasing the video on Wednesday in an effort to hit home that financial actions in the Caymans have an effect on the local economy.
The gist of the video: that Rauner’s investments in the Cayman Islands have a “direct impact on taxes, services and economic growth right here in Illinois.” For his part, Rauner has said he’s met all his tax obligations and while he hasn’t yet released his 2013 taxes, he will by October 15. The venture capitalist hasn’t said whether he would release his full tax schedules, which would provide clarity on what kind of accounting loopholes he may have used.
In his push to pass a pension reform bill in 2013, Quinn used an animated Squeezy the Python cartoon as an explainer on how pensions put the squeeze on the rest of the state budget.