In the last three months, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel pulled in almost $1.4 million in campaign contributions, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. In all, Emanuel has $5 million in his campaign coffers about a year and a half before he faces re-election.
latest financial disclosure shows Emanuel received donations from
people like Calvin Klein, Robert DeNiro and Stephanie Cutter, a former
Obama campaign strategist. A number of big businesses and law firms,
like Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP where former Mayor Richard M. Daley is
employed, are also on the list.
Anti-union education group Stand For Children donated $10,000.
Some unions, including Unite Here, also kicked in funds for Emanuel's campaign. Organized labor donated a total of $783,400 since late June, Emanuel's campaign says.
“It undermines the argument that some have made that he has a problem with labor,” Emanuel's political strategist John Kupper
told the newspaper. “The fact is, he has strong labor support. Does
every one of the unions support him? No. But this fund-raising
represents a very strong show of support.”
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UPDATE 1 (4:16 p.m.): Officials with the Chicago Teachers Union say Emanuel will need "every damn dime" of the $5 million he has in campaign coffers, according to a tweet by CTU Political Legislative Director Stacy Davis Gates.
“It’s money from out of town. He’s able to channel his old script. They’re not talking to Karen are they? They’re just talking to Rahm,” Davis Gates said, according to the newspaper. “They’re not talking to people who live in Englewood. They’re just talking to him at a cocktail party where they’re drinking and eating nice food. Those people don’t vote here and they don’t live here.”