(Rahm Emanuel with one of his many millionaire friends. Disgusting. | Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images North America)
The Chicago Reporter’s ace political reporters Ben Joravsky and Mick Dumke have an interesting new report out profiling Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s propensity to make more time to meet with millionaires than almost anyone else. They also chronicle how difficult it can be for this information to ever see the light of day.
That an incredibly good fundraiser like Emanuel makes time for the people that make his elections possible is hardly shocking, but as is usually the case with Bemke (Bumke? Joravke? I’m really pushing for a celebrity couple type name for these two guys. Any suggestions from the US Weekly crowd?), it’s an impressively detailed and specific account of the numbers that is new and useful.
Here’s a sample of their story, read the rest at The Chicago Reader:
The third week of July was a busy time for Mayor Rahm Emanuel…But he still found an hour to slip away for breakfast at the exclusive Chicago Club with a couple of millionaire bankers—Bill Downe, the CEO of the Bank of Montreal, and Mark Furlong, the CEO of Harris Bank.
That might not seem like much time. But it amounted to one of the longest meetings of the week in the dusk-to-dawn schedule of the mayor who can’t sit still.
In fact, Downe and Furlong are the kind of guys Mayor Emanuel often makes time for: rich, influential, and frequently at odds with organized labor and other progressive groups that historically made up the base of Emanuel’s Democratic Party
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