Personal PAC is a pro-choice group that is spending big money against Rep. Jones because he didn’t vote for the Reproductive Health Act last year. Personal PAC is, like Jones, a newsletter subscriber.
However, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, which hotly opposed Guzzardi’s bill and presumably approved of Jones taking a walk on the roll call, is currently an advertiser on my website, CapitolFax.com. Personal PAC is not an advertiser.
Rep. Jones reported spending $170,000 during the second half of 2019, with a lot of that going to campaign workers. He ended the year with a little over $7,000 in the bank, but has raised about $78K so far this year. House Speaker Michael Madigan’s political operation has paid for a staffer and some mail in the past month.
Most of Tillman’s $77K raised this year has come from Personal PAC’s in-kind contributions. The group has so far reported spending almost $49K, including a mailer.
But Rep. Jones has the support of Thornton Township Supervisor Frank Zuccarelli’s vaunted “Z-Team,” which has a ton of experienced and capable precinct workers. That support generally translates into victory.
Jones should be fine, but he’s obviously rattled.
Rich Miller also publishes Capitol Fax, a daily political newsletter, and CapitolFax.com.