|Willie Wilson, candidate for Mayor of Chicago, hands out CASH at a public event.|
CHICAGO — Chicago mayoral candidate Willie Wilson denies he was trying to buy anyone's vote when he handed out close to $200,000 to churchgoers at a packed Chicago south side Sunday service. The millionaire businessman said his appearance at the New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church was nothing more than "one of the biggest property tax relief assistance" events of the year. *Wink Wink*
According to The Illinois State Board of Elections Wilson wasn't breaking any campaign finance laws because the money supposedly came from his non-profit foundation. An aide to Wilson said the businessman gave away $300,000 to 2,000 people through the Dr. Willie Wilson Foundation, a 501(c)(3). Wilson’s campaign spokesman insists today’s appearance was not campaign related. But Chicago politicos on both sides of the aisle raised concerns about the event. Reached by phone, F. Scott Winslow, Wilson for Mayor campaign spokesman, told WGN News Sunday’s event was “absolutely not” a campaign event. Winslow says since Wilson launched his second bid for Chicago mayor, he’s probably given away $500,000.
Wilson insists he organized the giveaway to assist homeowners who are struggling to pay their property tax bills. "You pay the highest property taxes in America here in Chicago and the South Side and the south suburbs. The system is broken and I’m trying to fix it."
As of Monday evening, there is reported a run on 25 inch chrome rims at south side Auto Parts stores, long lines at nail salons and shortages of fake hair weaves at local beauty supply stores as well a thick haze and heavy scent of marijuana hanging over the southside of Chicago.
H/T - Konan the Bar Barron