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Elizabeth Warren in Chicago stumps, fund-raises for Duckworth

Tammy Duckworth invite to April 29, 2016 fund-raiser in Chicago. Photo by Lynn Sweet.

WASHINGTON – Rep. Tammy Duckworth Senate campaign gets a boost on Friday in Chicago from Sen. Elizabeth Warren D-Mass., actress and Chicago native Nora Dunn, Sen. Dick Durbin D-Ill. and Sen. Jon Tester D-Montana, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee chief.

Warren is using her enormous popularity among Democrats to help Duckworth fundraise and rally the senior vote in Chicago.

What the Duckworth campaign wants you to know, but that’s not the whole story: Duckworth will be campaigning at a seniors event in Uptown with the populist Warren, a champion of consumer rights.

Warren and Duckworth, in a battle to defeat Sen. Mark Kirk R-Ill., will discuss President Barack Obama’s new “Fiduciary Rule” and related matters Friday at a “retirement security roundtable” at Grace Street Towers, 635 W Grace St.

Duckworth and Kirk clash on this issue.

The Obama rule will require financial advisors to put the customer’s interest ahead of their own, a move that could save money – especially for folks invested in retirement funds.

Kirk opposes the rule, issued earlier this month by the Department of Labor saying in a statement, the rule, “if implemented, will severely restrict consumer choice in retirement planning,” a position on which there is much disagreement.

The GOP-controlled House on Thursday, on a party-line vote, approved a resolution to prevent the rule, issued by the Labor Department, from taking effect.

The rest of the story: Neither Kirk or Duckworth like to publicize their fund-raising activities, or who helps them raise money. I think it’s important to know who assists a candidate – information that is not reflected on any Federal Election Commission disclosure.

On Friday, Durbin, Tester, Dunn and Warren, plus an “A” list of Chicago fund-raisers – John Atkinson, Sue Berghoef, Mary Dempsey, David Jacobson, Fary Hartog Levin and Dan Levin, Judy Wise, Sheldon Baskin and JACPAC –  host a noon funder to benefit Duckworth and the DSCC at the East Bank Club.

Co-chairs have to give or raise $50,000; sponsors, $10,000 with individual tickets $1,000.