Willie Wilson, a Democrat running for mayor of Chicago, recently handed out thousands of dollars in cash to potential voters in the city. Is this going to be the new strategy for Democrats? Handing out money for votes?
The Hill reports:
Dem mayoral candidate in Chicago hands out cash to potential voters
A millionaire Democratic candidate for Chicago mayor reportedly handed out hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash to church members on Sunday to help them pay their property taxes.
“My wife and I have been blessed by God to be able to get a few of the material things out of life and so it’s up to us to now — continually to share back with all of you all and others,” Willie Wilson, a prominent businessman and philanthropist, said in remarks at an event at New Covenant Missionary Baptist church on Chicago’s South Side, according to WGN News.
A Wilson aide said the candidate gave out $300,000 to 2,000 people through his nonprofit charitable foundation.
F. Scott Winslow, a spokesman for Wilson’s mayoral campaign, told WGN News that there was no violation of campaign finance laws since the event was not connected to the campaign. He added that Wilson has donated about $500,000 since his campaign launch.
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People were stunned by this:
What the hell? Is Bruce Rauner using Willie Wilson and Corey Brooks to buy votes??? Handing out cash in the Black Church. Smh! How about creating jobs dudes! https://t.co/gy5lACDRib
— Emanuel Chris Welch (@RepChrisWelch) July 22, 2018