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Blagojevich, looking like a bad investment about now



From the State Journal-Register, Springfield, Ill., "Local contributors denounce Blagojevich":

The president of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, a major campaign contributor to Gov. Rod Blagojevich, is calling for the scandal-plagued governor to step down.

Philip "Flip" Corboy Jr., of the Chicago law firm of Corboy & Demetrio, called it a "sad situation."

"I, like every other person in this state, feel cheated and let down," Corboy told The State Journal-Register. "He was elected to do a job and we're ... now learning he probably couldn't care less about the people. And that's always disappointing.

"I'm embarrassed on one hand and disappointed on the other. When it all gets mushed up together, I really feel sorry for the people of Illinois. We know we deserve better."

From the Illinois State Board of Elections, contributions from the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association to the campaign committee, "Friends of Blagojevich":

Illinois Trial Lawyers Assn 6/27/2008 $15,000
Illinois Trial Lawyers 10/15/2007 $20,000
Illinois Trial Lawyers 10/24/2006 $25,000
Illinois Trial Lawyers PAC 6/9/2004 $50,000
Illinois Trial Lawyers PAC 3/30/2004 $2,500
Illinois Trial Lawyers Assn PAC 8/19/2003 $3,360
Illinois Trial Lawyers Assn PAC 7/21/2003 $25,000
Illinois Trial Lawyers Assn PAC 10/15/2002 $25,000
Illinois Trial Lawyers Assn PAC 10/4/2002 $25,000
Illinois Trial Lawyers Assn PAC 8/14/2002 $167
Illinois Trial Lawyers Assn PAC 8/14/2002 $3,233
Illinois Trial Lawyers Assn PAC 6/17/2002 $25,000
Illinois Trial Lawyers Assn PAC 5/1/2002 $25,000

The list of the reported ITLA contributions since 1999 has been uploaded here in a spreadsheet format. Reported contributions to state candidates during that period total $2,447,972.

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Manhattan Institute
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