By Fred Dardick
October 7, 2010
There is a battle brewing in the Illinois 9th congressional district between Democrat Rep. Jan Schakowsky and challenger Republican Joel Pollak. Even though the race is taking place in a +20 Democrat stronghold, Pollak is in excellent position to knock off one of the most anti-American and morally corrupt incumbents around.
Last week it was disclosed that Schakowsky intervened on behalf of wealthy Chicago businessman and campaign donor Balvinder Singh to block foreclosure proceedings initiated against him and his colleagues by United Central Bank. While Schakowsky has turned a blind eye to the closing of numerous businesses in her district devastated by the recession, she still somehow managed to help a businessman who has donated $85,000 to Democratic causes over the past eight years.
Protecting wealthy donors is just the latest of many questionable activities, statements and associations that have marked Schakowsky’s career in Congress. She is a member of the Socialists of America Caucus, an early backer and close political ally of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and a fervent advocate for single payer healthcare.
I urge conservatives everywhere to support her challenger Republican Joel Pollak who is working on a shoestring budget to beat one of the biggest recipients of union donations in Congress. He is smart, principled and a true conservative and with a little help, he can win.
20 Reasons Why Jan Schakowsky is Unfit for Congress:
- The Almanac of American Politics describes Schakowsky as “one of the leftmost members of the Democratic Caucus”. She is also a dedicated statist once telling a writer for the Democrat Socialists of America, “The American people are not ideological; therefore, the way to go is to attack private power.”
- Statements on 9/30/10 in which she condemned the Tenth Amendment protecting state’s rights and the “Tea Party” ideas that “free people can govern themselves” and “government powers are derived from the consent of the governed”, political concepts she described as “extreme”.
- Support for economy killing legislation including union sponsored card check, cap and trade energy taxes, and increased federal spending during a time of trillion dollar plus deficits.
- She voted no for the Bush era tax cuts and yes for TARP, auto bailouts, Obama stimulus and the 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act that increased the size of the federal government by 8.3%.
- Patently false claim this past summer that “Congress is set to create more jobs in 8 months than net jobs created in the last 8 years of the Bush administration”.
- Stated goal of healthcare reform wasn’t the creation of a better healthcare system, but rather a “Trojan horse for single payer”.
- Sponsor of legislation that would “give the Secretary of Health and Human Services authority to stop or change insurance rate increases that are considered unreasonable”. If implemented this law would put the federal government in complete control of the private health insurance industry and would be the final staw towards using ObamaCare as a “Trojan horse” for single payer.
- Pressuring the Illinois Finance Authority to provide a $100 million bailout for Schakowsky campaign contributor and frequent supporter of Chicago Democratic candidates ShoreBank. According to Republican challenger Pollak “banking experts say they’re not aware of any previous bank bailout by Illinois or any other state.” Schakowsky’s action may also be related to ShoreBank helping her husband earn a light sentence for a check writing scam in 2006.
- Close association with the anti-Israel J Street, a Soros affiliated PAC that refuses to support sanctions against Iran, would not condemn the UN Goldstone Report that called Israel criminally responsible for the Gaza war, and considers the lack of progress in Middle East peace process to be entirely Israel’s fault and not at all related to Palestinian terrorism. Schakowsky is one of the top recipients of J Street campaign donations in Congress.
- In 2002 Schakowsky signed a letter alleging US ally Columbia had committed “human rights” violations in its war against FARC terrorists, a communist guerrilla organization that has murdered thousands of Columbians and has the backing of dictators Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez.
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Cong. Jan Schakowsky, Robert Creamer, and the Illinois Public Action Council
Marathon Pundit ^ | April 5, 2006 | Marathon Pundit
Posted on April 5, 2006 11:06:15 PM EDT by Land_of_Lincoln_John
Earlier today Robert Creamer, the husband of Cong. Jan Schakowsky, (D-IL), was sentenced to five months in prison and 11 months house arrest for his role in a 1990s check-kiting scheme while he was the head of defunct Illinois Public Action Council, a consumer advocacy group.
Schakowsky has not been implicated in the scheme.
Jan Schakowsky is one of the most liberal members of Congress. She is a member of the far-left Progressive Caucus. Other members of the caucus include such “stars” as Cynthia McKinney, Maxine Waters, Dennis Kucinich, Jim McDermott (Baghdad Jim), Bernie Sanders, and Lynn Woolsey.
Schakowsky made her name in the Illinois Public Action Council. From 1976 to 1985, she was the IPAC program director. Four years later, Jan organized a senior-citizen rally that was a TV reporters dream. In 1989, cameras caught Schakowsky-led seniors chasing the powerful then-Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Dan Rostenkowski, (D-IL). That protest drew national attention.
The Illinois Public Action Council was known for the aggressiveness of its members, particular in their “pro-consumer” door-to-door fundraising efforts. Those same IPAC members proved to be a useful ground force that got Schakowsky elected to Congress in 1998.
After Illinois Public Action folded, Robert Creamer went on to serve as a highly paid political consultant for Democrats such as Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, Congressman Lane Evans, and Chicago Alderman Joe Moore, among others.
In short, Creamer was not a “Mr. Mom.”
As for the spin from the Creamer camp that no one lost money because of his check-kiting, that may be true. But Creamer in essence obtained interest-free loans from those banks.
And while Schakowsky was not involved in the day-to-day affairs of the Illinois Public Action Council, she was on the IPAC board of directors while her husband was committing bank fraud.
Links to Democratic Socialists of America
Jan Schakowsky has been close to Chicago Democratic Socialists of America-or its predecessors since the 1970s.
Medina and Schakowsky crossed paths at Chicago DSA’s 2004 Debs-Thomas-Harrington Dinner.
Eliseo Medina was honored for his union work at the dinner while Jan Schakowsky was keynote speaker.
From Chicago DSA’s New Ground
- Carl Shier introduced the second honoree, SEIU Executive Vice President Eliseo Medina. Shier first met Medina when Medina was a young man sent to Chicago by Cesar Chavez to organize the UFW’s grape boycott in Chicago on $5 dollars a week. Medina worked miracles (including roping young suburban women like Jan Schakowsky into the effort).
When Jan Schakowsky ran for Congress in 1998 she was endorsedby Chicago DSA-as was DSA member Danny Davis.
Jan Schakowsky was herself honoredat at the May 2000 Dinner for her work in Congress and the community.
- In your early days as a consumer advocate, you began the fight for freshness dates on products sold in supermarkets. As Program Director of Illinois Public Action, you fought for energy reform and stronger protection from toxic chemicals. As Executive Director of the Illinois State Council of Senior Citizens, you helped organize across the state for universal and comprehensive health care, for lowering the cost of prescription drugs, for financial protection for spouses of residents in nursing homes.
- As an Illinois State Representative, you served your constituency well for four terms. You were an outstanding Chair of the Labor and Commerce Committee. You served on the Human Services, Appropriation, Health Care, and Electric Deregulation Committees. You were a Democratic Party Floor Leader and served as Secretary of the Conference of Women Legislators.
- Your dedication to the people was rewarded by a great grassroots campaign, with hundreds of street volunteers, when you chose to run for the United States House of Representatives. Your first term in Congress has been outstanding. You have been an outstanding voice for seniors, labor union members, women and children. You have continued your advocacy of universal health care through your membership on the Health Care and Medicare Task Forces. Through your work, you were appointed to a leadership whip position.
- Your work and your life honors the memory of Eugene V. Debs, Norman Thomas and Michael Harrington and continues their legacy of struggle for social justice.
- For your dedication to the fight for a just society, the Debs – Thomas – Harrington Dinner Committee hereby presents to you its annual award on this 5th day of May, 2000.
Jan Schakowsky also attendedthe The 35th Annual Eugene V. Debs – Norman Thomas – Michael Harrington Dinner on May 7th 1993.
Supported by Council for a Livable World
The Council for a Livable World, founded in 1962 by long-time socialist activist and alleged Soviet agent, Leo Szilard, is a non-profit advocacy organization that seeks to “reduce the danger of nuclear weapons and increase national security”, primarily through supporting progressive, congressional candidates who support their policies. The Council supported Jan Schakowsky in her successful House of Representatives run as candidate for Illinois.
Jan Schakowsky is married to Robert Creamer
Robert Creamer has been a political organizer and strategist for almost four decades. He and his firm, the Strategic Consulting Group, work with many of the country’s most significant issue campaigns. He was one of the major architectsand organizers of the successful campaign to defeat the privatization of Social Security. He is a consultant to the campaigns to end the war in Iraq, pass universal health care, change America’s budget priorities and enact comprehensive immigration reform.
His clients have included labor unions, public interest groups, and advocacy organizations like MoveOn.org, Americans United for Change and USAction. He has also worked on hundreds of electoral campaigns at the local, state and national levels.
Illinois Public Action
- Bob Creamer, IPA Director, then gave a solid class based analysis of current economic trends. Productivity is up 25% since 1974, yet family income for the bottom 40% is down, with no change for the bottom 80%. Social policy and the weakening of unions are major factors behind this redistribution to the wealthy. Market forces left on their own will increase inequality and drain us of hope and caring for our fellow citizens. Creamer was upbeat about the Democrats’ chances, claiming that people were finally beginning to understand how bad the “Contract with America” is.