"There should be reasonable limits on campaign donations and it should be government of the many not the money and that's what these two are trying to do right here," Quinn told reporters after appearing before the
Rauner, an equity investor who has put nearly
Griffin's donation was the largest single contribution given to a state candidate at least since the
Rauner's campaign accused Quinn of trying to use the issue of campaign funding to distract from the Democratic governor's problems involving allegations of political hiring and questionable spending involving an anti-violence program created shortly before the 2010 election.
Quinn signed into law the state's first-ever limits on campaign donations in 2009--a year after the arrest of his predecessor, imprisoned former Gov.
"It was a long battle to get campaign finance reform and that has been sabotaged now by the Rauner campaign. Rauner took contributions now far above the limits and that is a really tragedy I think for our state and our democracy," Quinn said.
"I believe in campaign finance limits. When he broke the limits, I think he really did a disservice to the democracy of
He said Rauner and Griffin were trying to "collaborate to try and buy an election."
Quinn's campaign has repeatedly tried to label Rauner as a "billionaire." Rauner has said he is not a billionaire and he pegs his net worth as more than
"While ducking responsibility for misusing state funds for political purposes, Quinn's taken more than
Eychaner, a longtime Democratic donor and president of
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