According to an article in the Chicago Tribune, Peter Roskam has built a HUGE campaign war chest to fend off challengers in the upcoming 2018 congressional race. (click here)
What the report doesn’t show is that huge sums of PAC money, much of it from out of state makes up the bulk of his 2017 contributions. An inspection of FEC campaign statistics for the first half of 2017 shows that 77.5% of donations to his campaign come from outside the state of Illinois. Only 19.2% of contributions come from individuals who live in Illinois.
Over 71% of all money donated to his campaign came from PACs, special committees or other campaign funds contradicting Roskam’s claim of huge support from donors in his own district.
Recently, the organizations funded by the Koch brothers announced a new campaign to funnel huges sums of money into local campaigns to support candidates like Roskam that support their ultra-conservative agenda. In 2016 the Koch’s and their organizations budgeted $889 million dollars to fund conservative campaigns in that election and money is expected to flow into campaign funds like Roskams over the next 12 months.
On ACA Vote, Roskam’s Ideology Trumped The Welfare Of His Own Constituents!
Going against a flood of objections from constituents in his district and right up to the very end when Republican Leaders and President Trump finally pulled the plug and gave up trying to destroy the Affordable Care Act, Congressman Roskam put personal ideology ahead of the welfare of his constituents. Although he was saved from going formally on the congressional record with his vote when Speaker Ryan pulled the bill rather than have it voted down by his own party, Roskam publicly proclaimed in the media his intent to destroy the Affordable Care Act and jeopardize all of the people it helped.
Illinois Residents To Lose Healthcare Coverage by district if ACA eliminated.
Congressman Roskam stubbornly refuses to hold public meetings with constituents. He told the Chicago Tribune he prefers on-line town halls. Unfortunately, the questions are pre-screened and access is limited.
The article said “The congressman frequently says he is meeting with constituents in small groups,” Glen Ellyn resident Sandra Alexander said. “Those are private closed-door meetings where constituents cannot challenge him on issues, and the media is not invited.”
Many times, the general public finds out about these events with only 10 minutes or less notice. Callers and questions are screened so only those people with Roskam friendly questions get through. His claim that his on-line townhalls get 10,000 attendees seems a bit dubious given the difficulty interested constituents have finding out about these events.
The disconnect between Congressman Roskam and his constituents can be best demonstrated but his recent public comment that the vast majority of comments that he receives when meeting with his constituents urge him to repeal ACA when over 61% actually support it in some form. This is called selective listening and it is certainly NOT what we need or want in our elected officials!
Click here to read the April 21, 2017 Tribune article