Watching the train wreck of the GOP presidential race, it’s easy to miss what’s been happening with Illinois’ crony Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Back in 2014, I warned conservatives about Rauner , who was supported by the national GOP establishment:
If a candidate with Rauner’s history can buy political absolution with donations, after being a major donor to the Democratic Party, Planned Parenthood, and the ACLU, then why bother with the seemingly petty exercise of living by a conservative creed?
In the sixteen months since he assumed office, Rauner could have redeemed himself. Instead, he has spent millions of dollars attacking pro-life Republican incumbents and candidates.
Rauner could have been a white knight rescuing Illinois from its precarious fiscal cliff. Instead, this Governor is on a quest for absolute power and control and a little thing like a deficit isn’t going to stand in his way. The state’s budget impasse is now in its tenth month, saddling Illinois taxpayers with $8 billion in debt and growing.
Yet Rauner made certain his Planned Parenthood pals still received their state paychecks.
At the start of the state’s fiscal crisis in June, when spending authority expired, the Comptroller [appointed by Rauner] signed off on $1.5 million in grants to Planned Parenthood. This amount was five times greater than the amount awarded to the abortion provider the previous month. In late August, while the abortion provider was embroiled in a national scandal over its alleged “harvesting” of baby organs, Munger [the Comptroller] authorized another $200,000 for the group.
Since the start of 2015, the Comptroller has approved $3.6 million in grants to Planned Parenthood, far above the $700k sent to the group for “contracted payments.”