33rd Ward Working Families

Standing for the interests of our ward's working people

Statement on Ald. Mell's Suspect Campaign Donations

Note: Last year, Chicago aldermen took more than half a million dollars in illegal campaign contributions, former Chicago Legislative Inspector General Faisal Khan charges in a report issued last week (Read "Chicago Clout: How Campaign Finance Rules are Used and Abused in the Windy City."). Implicated in this report is 33rd Ward alderman Deb Mell. 33rd Ward Working Families responds:

We're disappointed, but not surprised, that Alderman Mell has found herself again in the news for taking what appear to be illegal campaign contributions.

We have a deep concern about the implications corruption such as that the report suggests has for our city and for our ward in particular. The 33rd Ward is changing, and as it does, whose voices is the alderman hearing? Who is allowed influence in the process? And are the decisions that are being made providing the greatest public benefit, or the greatest return on a campaign donor's investment?

Chicagoans should be entitled to good representation regardless of their ability to buy a politician. Khan's report lends more evidence to what many of us already recognize: that the system is slanted in favor of insiders and monied interests.

If government oversight bodies are unlikely to hold our officials accountable for corruption, then we as voters must.