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Inside Rahm Emanuel's political cash machine: Tribune analysis of records, mayor's calendar shows his potent fundraising focuses on elite donors who reap City Hall benefits

Feb 01, 2015 - Chicago Tribune
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Mayor Rahm Emanuel is building the most potent political cash machine in Chicago history by focusing on an elite circle of donors who frequently receive City Hall benefits, ranging from contracts and permits to appointments and personal endorsements from the mayor, a Tribune investigation has found.

Emanuel has tapped these roughly 100 most loyal contributors for more than $14 million -- nearly half of all the money he has raised since he left the White House to run for mayor. All those ke...