By David Giuliani
Two watchdog groups have released a report showing how most congressmen run leadership PACs that often serve as their “ticket to luxury living.”
Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Matteson, whose district includes Kankakee County, and Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, who represents Iroquois County, both have such political action committees.
If the PACS are a ticket to luxury, Kelly has largely declined to take part. Her PAC has raised just $12,500 this election cycle, with most of her money spent on donations to other candidates, the type of spending for which leadership PACs were originally designed.
Kinzinger has spent a little over half of his leadership PAC money on candidate donations. In this election cycle, Kinzinger’s Jet PAC has spent nearly $20,000 on resorts, high-end restaurants, bars, limos and hotels. This money has been been spent in New York, Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas and Chicago.