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Gov. J.B. Pritzker gave Democratic governors’ group $24 million to fund ads that helped nominate his GOP opponent

Posted on AllSides July 22nd, 2022
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Erin Hooley and Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune

In addition to spending more than $62 million en route to an easy win in the June primary, Gov. J.B. Pritzker also gave $24 million to the Democratic Governors Association, which then spent millions on TV ads encouraging Republicans to vote for his favored GOP challenger, state Sen. Darren Bailey, financial reports showed.

The reports, filed with the Internal Revenue Service as part of the DGA’s tax-exempt status and covering April through June, show Pritzker’s contribution represented almost half of the roughly $52 million the DGA raised in the quarter.

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