Biss criticizes Pritzker for $7 million campaign donation


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Illinois gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker speaks at a May event. State Sen. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) criticized Pritzker for donating another $7 million to his political campaign.

Jake Holland, Assistant City Editor

State Sen. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) rebuked Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker’s decision to donate $7 million to his own campaign in a Saturday news release.

Biss, who is also a Democratic candidate, has previously criticized Pritzker for his largely self-financed campaign. Pritzker’s latest contribution came on Nov. 3, according to a campaign finance disclosure.

“7, 14, 21, 28, now $35 million,” Biss tweeted Friday. “You don’t need 280 characters to explain what’s going on here.”

In a Saturday release, the Biss campaign said the Democratic Party should stand up for middle-class and working-class people. It added that the next governor needs to “inspire voters” with a “progressive vision.”

The release said Illinois doesn’t need “another out-of-touch billionaire” to run the state.

“These ultra-wealthy candidates in this race think they can win by writing themselves big checks,” the Saturday statement said. “They’re pulling out the stops to turn this race into — you guessed it — an auction, not an election.”

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