Wednesday, April 6, 2011

NPTtv: Rahm Emanuel Leans on Nonprofits to Help Transition

There’s a bit of controversy is swirling around Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel’s transition. The former chief of staff to President Obama has asked several large nonprofit foundations to foot the $200,000 tab.  Normally, candidates use campaign funds or help from donors for ths kind of help, but it appears Emanuel is taking a different route.

According to his campaign, Emanuel didn’t want to solicit contributions from private donors, so he submitted grant proposals to the MacArthur Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, and the Spencer Foundation. He will use the money from these foundations to pay his political team until he officially takes office.
Of course, any new decision causes some problems, and this one has been no different.  David Morrison, Deputy Officer of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, is unconvinced over the reasons from the Emanuel camp and says that there is no reason he couldn’t have use campaign funds instead.

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