The Illinois State Board of Elections is expected to hold a hearing Friday regarding complaints against Liberty Principles PAC, operated by conservative radio talk show host Dan Proft.
At its 10:30 a.m. meeting today at the Thompson Center, the board is slated to take up a motion to reconsider filed by Jonathan Kaye, former GOP candidate for state representative in the 110th legislative district, in his case against the PAC. Liberty Principles PAC supports Republican candidates and has received contributions from Gov. Bruce Rauner's political action committee.
The complaint from Kaye, who made an unsuccessful bid against incumbent State Rep. Reggie Phillips (R-Charleston) in the March 15 Republican primary, involves newspaper publications funded by the Liberty Principles PAC and sent to registered voters during the primary.
"The complaint centers on the PAC's use of political mailers disguised as newspapers and whether the group prohibited rules against 'coordination' by using its paid agent to 'interview' the candidates it was supporting for office," reads a media release sent on behalf of Kaye about today's expected hearing before the state's elections board. "Former Illinois GOP party chairman Andy McKenna acted as the paid agent to the PAC."
Last month, the elections board decided against having a public hearing on the coordination issue. That decision came despite both an elections board hearing officer and its general counsel recommending that a public hearing be held in the case.
Kaye's complaint points out that three members of the State Board of Elections were appointed by Rauner last July.
"The motion raises serious questions about the original closed hearing, including whether board members with ties to Gov. Rauner should have recused themselves in this case and why the board dismissed the recommendation of its own election attorney and hearing officer to have public hearings on whether the PAC violated prohibitions against 'coordination," the release adds.