Kennedy accuses Pritzker of ‘buying off’ officials with campaign cash donations

Democratic governor candidate Chris Kennedy on Friday accused rival J.B. Pritzker of “buying off” elected officials, including local African-American leaders as part of an “apology tour” over 2008 remarks about potential black successors to Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat.

Pritzker’s campaign quickly responded with a news conference featuring three African-American aldermen who support Pritzker and said they were insulted by Kennedy’s remarks.

Kennedy’s comments came as Pritzker, a billionaire heir to the Hyatt Hotels fortune, has used more than $600,000 from his self-funded campaign to provide donations to local Democratic organizations and the campaign accounts of officials across the state, State Board of Elections records showed.

A payment of $40,000…

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