A Statement from Paul Caprio on Gov. Rauner on HB 40

10.11.17

About three years ago to this day, I was asked by a supporter to meet with Bruce Rauner in the final stages of his campaign for Illinois governor. I agreed to the meeting, which took place at the Union League Club in Chicago.

Family-Pac had not supported Rauner in the Primary, and Rauner had refused to clarify his positions on a host of issues important to all of us. He continued to say that he had no “social agenda.”

My friend David Smith of the Illinois Family Institute (IFI) asked that I try to persuade Rauner to complete the IFI candidate questionnaire so that Christian voters across Illinois would be informed of his positions. At our meeting, Rauner said he would not fill out the questionnaire because his “consultants” told him he “had to get every question right to get the “endorsement.” I explained that IFI was a 501(c) (3) organization that did not “endorse” candidates and that no one was looking for “perfection” but only his honest attempt to state his views.

Rauner said that he was not filling out any questionnaires (the position also stated by his campaign lieutenants) and that he wanted to keep Personal-Pac “neutralized.” I told him that Personal-Pac and Terry Cosgrove would be running TV spots against him. He seemed surprised. (Shortly thereafter, Personal-Pac TV ads against Rauner began.)

This meeting exemplifies the series of lies by Bruce Rauner to Illinois pro-family voters and leaders. First, Rauner said to me that he was not completing any candidate questionnaires—yet this

May, after Rauner stated his intention to veto HB 40 (taxpayer-funded abortion), Personal-Pac released a copy of Rauner’s “perfect” questionnaires in which he had pledged to sign taxpayer-funded abortion. In May, after promising Cardinal Cupich that he would veto HB 40, Rauner signed this dastardly bill, which will result in the deaths more than 12,000 innocent victims a year according to reliable estimates.

In 50 years, I have never seen a politician as consistently dishonest on family issues as Bruce Rauner. Rauner has become a “cancer” on the Republican Party leadership, who should disassociate from him and declare the 2018 March Primary “open,” but they won’t…because they don’t have the courage to stand up for their “professed” beliefs and are indentured to his money.
But Family-Pac will….with your help. On October 9, we convened a meeting of 20 pro-family/pro-life organizations to recruit a strong pro-family candidate to seek the GOP nomination against Rauner and his multi-million dollar checkbook.

We are interviewing a number of candidates now and also pledged to support an independent candidate, like Joe Walsh, if necessary. We are leading the attack against Rauner in the media every day, but we need your help. if Family-Pac is going to provide essential financial help to the candidate we recruit to get a strong campaign off the ground.

Please help now as never before. We must fight to repeal HB 40 and provide courageous moral leadership to some of the Rauner-fearing elected officials. Please go to our website http://www.family-pac.com/ to contribute $35, $50, $100, $250, $500, $1000, or $2500 or send your donation in today to stand up for innocent life, taxpayers, and integrity in government as never before.

Thank you and blessings,


Paul Caprio, Director