WASHINGTON–Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel’s political machine–the “New Chicago Committee” –collected another $95,000, reports filed Monday show, from nine donors— including five top executives for Madison Dearborn partners, the Chicago private equity investment firm.
That’s on top of the original $40,000 from four founding contributors to Emanuel’s warchest created earlier this month to send money to aldermanic candidates Emanuel supports in the April 5 runoffs.
Though Emanuel had about $2.1 million cash on hand after the Feb. 22 mayoral primary Emanuel won outright, laws prevent transferring money from his “Chicago for Rahm Emanuel” warchest to his “New Chicago” political action committee, I’m told. Emanuel is trying to build a working coalition of alderman in the 50-member Chicago City Council.
The nine donors in the Monday report filed with the Illinois State Board of Elections are:
From Madison Dearborn
Nicholas W. Alexos $10,000.00
Paul Finnegan, $10,000
Samuel Mencoff, $10,000
James Perry, $5,000
Timothy Sullivan, $10,000
Clayco, Inc., a St. Louis firm, $20,000.00
Isaac Goldman, Front Barnett, $10,000
Roger Kiley, Kiley PC, $10,000
Lewis Manilow, $10,000, a Democratic activist and major Democratic donor
The founding donors of the New Chicago Committee are:
$10,000 from Newsweb’s Fred Eychaner, who is one of the biggest Democratic donors in the nation. He gave $100,000 to Emanuel’s mayoral campaign.
$20,000 ($10,000 each) from Advisory Research’s David Heller and wife Diane. The couple put down $200,000 for Emanuel’s mayoral bid.
$10,000 from New World Ventures Jay R. Pritzker, known as J.B.