Mayoral Candidates Raced to Raise Funds Before New Limits Kicked in
(Chicago Tribune) — In the waning days of December, Chicago mayoral candidates rushed to fill their campaign coffers with high-dollar contributions before they would become illegal. Tapped for donations during the furious spree of fundraising were movers and shakers likely to seek a piece of the next city government, state records show. Leading the way in the dash for cash was front-running mayoral contender Rahm Emanuel, who raised more than $1.4 million in the final 10 days of last year alone. About $1.2 million of that haul would have violated the new state law limiting campaign contributions if the donations had been made after the first of the year.