ILLINOIS — Governor Bruce Rauner leads the crowded field of candidates running for governor in at least one category: cash.
According to campaign finance documents, Citizens for Rauner has outraised the entire field of Democratic candidates by more than $47 million. Rauner is his own largest donor, as he donated $50 million to his campaign in December of last year.
With the General Assembly out of town for two weeks on Spring Break, the governor took Tuesday and Wednesday to travel the state making a dizzying 10 campaign-style stops. While the governor insists these are not official campaign events, the building blocks of a well-funded campaign are already taking shape.
Citizens for Rauner, Inc. has retained the services of political operative and communications guru Kirsten Kukowski. A 2015 Glamour article profiled her as one of the 20 leading women working behind the scenes in Washington politics.
Kukowski had a short stint working as Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s Communications Director. After Walker dropped out of the race for president, Kukowski quickly landed on her feet and took the communications helm at the Republican National Convention. She had previously worked with former RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, who is now serving as the White House Chief of Staff.