Campaign 2010

Jan 14, 2014

Why Won’t Former Congressman Schilling Condemn His Largest Donor on Minimum Wage?

Nearly one week after Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner set off a firestorm by suggesting that he wanted to lower the minimum wage, former Congressman Bobby Schilling still hasn’t denounced his largest donor’s damaging agenda to lower the minimum wage – even as Rauner’s comments have been widely condemned.

“Former Congressman Bobby Schilling’s silence on Bruce Rauner’s push to lower the minimum wage speaks volumes about his wrong priorities,” said Brandon Lorenz of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “With a record that includes giving tax breaks to companies that ship jobs overseas or raising Medicare costs to cut taxes for the wealthy, it’s no surprise that Bobby Schilling won’t stand up against Bruce Rauner’s push to lower the minimum wage.”

BACKGROUND:

Schilling Spoke “Favorably” of Bruce Rauner. In 2013, Schilling spoke “favorably” of Bruce Rauner while Rauner met with reporters at his St. Guiseppe’s Heavenly Pizza. [Quad Cities Online, 9/12/13]

Schilling’s Largest Donors were from Rauner and his Wife. In 2013, SaukValley.com reported that for Schilling, “GOP governor candidate Bruce Rauner, a billionaire venture capitalist, and his wife, Diana Rauner, contributed $7,800 to the campaign. Their combined donations make them the largest donor.” [SaukValley.com, 10/23/13]

PPP: Illinois Voters Want to Raise Minimum Wage. In December, Public Policy Polling reported: “As we're finding most places Illinois voters strongly support raising the minimum wage to $10 an hour. 58% support such a move to only 34% who oppose it. The concept has overwhelming support from Democrats (77/19) and independents (57/30), and even 34% of Republicans favor it.” [Public Policy Polling, 12/03/13]

Economic Policy Institute: Raising the Minimum Wage Would Benefit as Many as 30 Million Americans, Generate 140,000 New Jobs. According to the Economic Policy Institute, “Increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10 by July 1, 2015, would raise the wages of about 30 million workers, who would receive over $51 billion in additional wages over the phase-in period. […] Across the phase-in period of the minimum-wage increase, GDP would increase by roughly $32.6 billion, resulting in the creation of approximately 140,000 net new jobs (and 284,000 job years) over that period.” [Economic Policy Institute, 3/13/13]

Wall Street Journal: “Americans Strongly Favor Boosting the Federal Minimum Wage.” In 2013 the Wall Street Journal reported: “Americans strongly favor boosting the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour but oppose raising it above that, a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds. In the survey, 63% supported a rise to $10.10 from the current $7.25 rate. Senate Democrats have proposed an increase of that size and it is supported by President Barack Obama.” [Wall Street Journal12/11/13]

2012: Congressman Schilling Voted for the Extreme House Republican Budget That Would “Scrap Most Taxes on Overseas Profits” and Would Repeal “New Federal Restrictions on Wall Street.” In March 2012, Congressman Schilling voted for the FY 2013 House Republican budget. CBS News explained that the budget would “scrap most taxes on overseas profits. The Los Angeles Times editorial board explained that the budget would repeal “new federal restrictions on Wall Street” and the Madison Cap Times explained that budget was “for Wall Street.” The budget resolution was adopted, 228-191. [H Con Res 112, Vote #151, 3/29/12; CBS News, 3/20/12; Editorial, Los Angeles Times3/21/12; Madison Cap Times3/29/12]

2011: Congressman Schilling Voted for the Radical House Republican Budget that the AARP said Would “Remove Medicare’s Promise” and Would Increase Medicare Costs by $6,400. In 2011, Congressman Schilling voted for the FY 2012 House Republican budget. In 2011, USA Today reported that the House Republican budget passed in April would cost Medicare beneficiaries an average of $6,400 more annually, based on estimates from the Congressional Budget Office. The AARP explained that the budget would “Remove Medicare’s promise.” The bill passed 235-193. [H Con Res 34, Vote #277, 4/15/11; USA Today10/03/11; AARP, 4/06/11]