Some labor groups including the American Federation of Teachers are reportedly thinking about establishing a super political action committee (PAC) aimed at getting Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis elected as mayor, if she decides to run.
“They’re clearly thinking about it and looking into it,” an unnamed individual with knowledge of the talks told the Chicago Sun-Times.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel already has more than $8 million in cash-on-hand for his re-election bid. And in June, a new pro-Emanuel super PAC called Chicago Forward was formed by his allies.
Groups talking about a possible outside committee to promote Lewis say it would be a way to counter the weight of the Emanuel-promoting super PAC and the mayor's large campaign war chest.
The American Federation of Teachers has also pledged to donate $1 million to Lewis' mayoral campaign if she runs.