Campaign Cash Watch: Madison County "Democratic Team" takes in $50K

The Madison County Record Oct. 11, 2004, 8:00am

Attorney Jeff Cooper is a big part of the 'team'.

As far as campaign committees go, the "Madison County Democratic Team" is nothing if it isn't closely-held.

According to an October 11 report to the Illinois State Board of Elections by the PAC, since August 25 it raised $50,000 from just four contributors:

  • Simmons Firm, LLC gave $20,000
  • Jeffrey Cooper of SimmonsCooper LLC gave $10,000
  • Randy Bono of The Simmons Firm LLC gave $10,000
  • Stephen Tillery of Korein Tillery gave $10,000

    The Madison County Democratic Team's chairman is Madison County Circuit Court Clerk Matt Melucci of Collinsville. Its treasurer is Madison County Auditor Rick Faccin of Alton.

    In other campaign donation news:

  • The Chicago personal injury law firm Power, Rogers, & Smith gave $100,000 to Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan on October 8.

    Name partner Joseph Power is working with Tillery on Philip Morris' pending Illinois Supreme Court appeal of Judge Nicholas' Byron's $10.1 billion Madison County verdict against the firm.

  • State Rep. Jay Hoffman received a curious $1,500 from Altria-- AKA Philip Morris-- on October 7. The same day, he received $1,500 from the Illinois Trial Lawyers PAC.

  • The Illinois Republican Party gave St. Clair County Board Chairman hopeful Steve Reeb $10,000 on October 6. Reeb also received $10,000 that day from the St. Clair County GOP Central Committee.

  • State Sen. Bill Haine (D-Alton) received four $1,000 contributions on October 12, one from Kraft Foods, an offshoot of Philip Morris.

  • JUSTPAC, which is running ads supporting Judge Lloyd Karmeier for Illinois Supreme Court Justice, took in a $5,000 contribution on October 12 from Dana Corporation of Toledo, Ohio.

  • On October 13, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce PAC, also supporting Karmeier, raised $10,000 from International Paper of Memphis, Tenn. and $5,000 from The Chamberlain Group of Nogales, Ariz.

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    200 E Capitol Ave
    Springfield, IL 62701

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    215 E Adams St
    Springfield, IL 62701

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