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We're putting boots on the ground this weekend. Are you ready to go door to door? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bobby Schilling   
Friday, 25 July 2014 13:50
We're launching a Quad Cities walk this Friday at 2:00 P.M. at our East Moline office, located at 367 Avenue of the Cities in the Hignight Florist Building. Come learn how to go door to door and what you can do to help Bobby get elected!

Are you looking to walk in other parts of the district?
  • If you live in Stephenson or Winnebago Counties, contact Shawn Connors at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
  • If you live in Jo Daviess, Whiteside, Henry, or Carroll Counties, contact Travis Sterling at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
  • If you live in Mercer, Knox, Tazewell, Peoria, Fulton, Henderson, or Warren Counties, contact Sean Fitzgerrel at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
We're going to win this race on the ground, but we can't do it without you.

Let's pound the pavement!

 
Schilling Camp Receiving Support PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bobby Schilling   
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 10:37

On Sunday, House Majority Leader-Elect Kevin McCarthy was in the district to talk about our race and campaign for us in Peoria.

McCarthy said he viewed our race as "a top priority." Check out the story on WEEK Peoria's website here.

Congressman Aaron Schock and Congressman Adam Kinzinger have also aggressively campaigned for us in recent weeks.

This is an exciting time. We are one of the highest targeted races in the country. We're raising money, knocking on doors, and reaching voters.

 
Illinois Freedom PAC Releases New Ad, “Privilege” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Neal Waltmire   
Thursday, 17 July 2014 08:33

As Billionaire Bruce Rauner’s tax avoidance schemes come to light, middle class families will know he’s a candidate they can’t trust

Chicago, IL – Today Illinois Freedom PAC released a new television commercial  highlighting billionaire Bruce Rauner’s exploitation of the tax code, which ultimately places a higher burden on Illinois’ working families.

The 30-second spot underscores the shocking fact that the Republican gubernatorial candidate used loopholes now under scrutiny by the IRS to slash his tax obligation, despite earning $53 million in 2012.

The ad points out that Rauner not only used a loophole to avoid contributing a single penny to Social Security and Medicare for two straight years, in 2010 and 2011, he now says he’s open to taxing retirement income including Social Security. Other schemes employed by Rauner lowered his tax rate to below that of what millions of middle class families pay.

“As Bruce Rauner’s tax avoidance schemes come further to light, middle class families will know he’s a candidate they can’t trust,” says Neal Waltmire, Communications Director for Illinois Freedom PAC, regarding the ad’s anticipated impact.  “Billionaire Bruce Rauner may believe it’s okay for him to play by a different set of rules, but hard-working Illinoisans are sure to disagree.”

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Watch the commercial on Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?

 
Loebsack's Representative to Hold Office Hours PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 14:24

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack will have a member of his staff in Clinton and Scott Counties for open office hours. Henry Marquard, Loebsack’s District Representative, will be at the following locations. Marquard will be on hand to work with individuals who are having difficulty with a government agency, have suggestions for Dave, or would just like to share their concerns. Members of the public are invited to attend. Marquard holds regular office hours throughout Eastern Iowa.

If residents are unable to attend but have a concern to share with the Congressman, please call our district office toll-free at 1-866-914-IOWA (4692)

Marquard’s schedule is as follows.

Tuesday, July 22

  • DeWitt Community Center

512 10th St.

9:00 – 10:00 AM

  • Clinton City Hall

611 S. 3rd St.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

  • Eldridge City Hall

305 N. 3rd St.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

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Braley’s Fight to Increase Minimum Wage Also Strengthens Social Security PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Braley for Iowa   
Monday, 14 July 2014 13:16
Des Moines, IA – Today Braley For Iowa highlighted a report that shows how Bruce Braley’s fight to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 would not only provide 300,000 Iowans with a pay raise, but also strengthen the Social Security program that more than 580,000 Iowans rely on. In contrast, plans to privatize Social Security could reduce benefits for Iowa’s seniors and actually leave the program in worse financial shape.

According to the study from the Social Security Works coalition, an increase to the minimum wage would improve Social Security’s finances by increasing the wages of 28 million Americans, resulting in $35 billion in additional earnings by 2016 and providing more funding to the program.

“Bruce is fighting to raise the minimum wage because he believes no Iowan, whether now or in retirement, should work hard at a full-time job and be unable to support his or her family,” said Braley for Iowa spokesman Sam Lau. “Beyond providing 300,000 Iowans with a pay raise, a minimum wage increase also means Social Security would be strengthened for Iowans who have paid into the program their entire working lives.  As a U.S. Senator, Bruce Braley will ensure the hard work of Iowans is respected and the promises made to them are kept.”

The report also details the many other benefits that would come with an increased minimum wage, including decreased inequality, reduced elderly poverty, increased retirement security, and reduced taxpayer subsidies of low-wage employers.

Braley has made increasing the minimum wage and protecting Social Security a key focus of his campaign for Senate. He is a sponsor of the Fair Minimum Wage Act that would increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. Braley is strongly opposed to any proposals to privatize Social Security or to gamble Iowans’ retirement savings on Wall Street. He has also opposed efforts to reduce future Social Security benefits for retirees if cost-of-living increases were shifted to a so-called “chained CPI” calculation.

 
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