July 14, 2008

The Boys & Girls Club's Lobbyists

Last October, two partners broke off from Mayer Brown, one of Chicago's oldest, biggest, and most hooked-up & connected law firms. Mayer Brown has over 1500 campaign contributions totaling over $2.3M disclosed to the Illinois State Board of Elections.

When Mayer Brown partners Mark Taylor and Robert Uhe spun off Taylor Uhe LLC, some of their "government relations services" clients just happened to move with them, including the Illinois Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs umbrella group. Taylor and Uhe quickly formed a "strategic alliance" with their old partners at Mayer Brown.

If you're new in town, you might think, the Boys and Girls Club of Chicago, Inc. being a not-for-profit, tax exempt, 501(c)(3) public charity in good standing, no way they could possibly participate in pay-to-play. But if you've been around a while, you know it's really quite simple: the 501(c)(3) tithes $65,000.00 per year to a 501(c)(4) which pays a registered lobbyist to pay the politicians for services rendered, and everything is hunky-dory.

Just to take one prominent recent example, registered lobbyist Mayer Brown contributed $20,000.00 on 3/29/2007, between the City primary and run-off, to the "First Congressional District Victory PAC" used up by Mayor Daley to funnel massive amounts of cash to pro-Daley alderman and retain the Daley machine's stranglehold on the legislative branch of our home town's government.

Former Mayer Brown partner and Taylor Uhe principal Mark R. Brown of Naperville is also directly a supporter of Richard M. Daley for Mayor in nearby Chicago, including $1500.00 on 1/11/07.

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