Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner denies ever pledging to spend $50 million of his own money to fund his campaign, but there is no denying that he could do it if he wanted. His $1 million donation to his own campaign this week brings his total to $6 million — breaking the record for self-funding in a gubernatorial campaign (previously held by Ron Gidwitz at $5.3 million).
Illinois has never seen a candidate with wealth on Rauner’s scale, but wealthy candidates in general have struggled in recent years. Here are some examples. (Click image and use magnifying glass cursor to enlarge.)
Bruce Rauner is making headlines for his campaign spending, but he’s also leading in the polls. Find out where he and all the Republican candidates for governor stand on the issues in the questionnaire we co-sponsored with the Better Government Association.