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The Cozy World of Bruce Rauner and the Griffins – How the Very Rich are Creating Their Own Media Outlets

Date: 
06/12/2014

By Lynda DeLaforgue, Co-Director

UPDATE – June 13:  Ken Griffin just donated another $2.5 million to Bruce Rauner on June 11, 2014.  It would take a minimum wage worker ($8.25 hr – 40 hr week) almost 150 years to earn $2.5 million.  Heck, that’s probably two generations of minimum wage workers.

Something is rotten in the state of Illinois when this kind of money is used to buy a governorship.


In 2012, hedge fund mogul Anne Griffin launched and was sole funder of RebootIllinois.com, a for-profit website.  While Reboot purports to be non-partisan, as Rick Pearson of the Chicago Tribune puts it,  “Reboot Illinois, that calls itself nonpartisan but has echoed GOP critiques on topics from public worker pensions to improving the business climate and school funding.” (Trib 10-1-12)

Now it appears that Reboot is moving into a world of political polling.  Major news sources are covering the current Reboot poll of the Governor’s race as top news. 

It should be no surprise that the driving forces behind Reboot have very close ties to Bruce Rauner, the Republican Candidate for Governor.  Ken Griffin, Anne’s husband and fellow hedge fund manager, frequently lends his private jet to Bruce to fly around Illinois.  Griffin then declares this as an in-kind contribution to the Rauner campaign. Since March of 2014, Griffin lent his jet to Rauner a total of four times for a total contribution of $55,311.18. 

On top of lending his jet, Mr. Griffin also gave Mr. Rauner, in his most recent contribution on April 30, 2014, a juicy contribution totaling $500,000.  Yep, that’s a half million.  More than most middle class families make after a decade of 40 hours a week hard work.  In fact, it would take the average minimum wage worker in Illinois today ($8.25 per hour – 40 hrs per week) almost 30 years to make a half million bucks.

Oh, and guess who the Reboot poll is showing in the lead?  You got it.  Bruce Rauner by 10 points.