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$415,000 Mistake - Chicago Teachers Union Lawyer Larry Suffredin Writes Excuse and Says Dues were used for Politics

CTU also retained Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin (D) as a consultant, paying him $106,000, in addition to his own $85,000 county salary.

The Watchdogs: How Chicago Teachers Union spends its money by Chris Fusco, Chicago Sun-Times, January 30, 2017, https://chicago.suntimes.com/2017/1/30/18461114/the-watchdogs-how-chicago-teachers-union-spends-its-money
Letter/Correspondence
2/23/2023 11:09:39 AM

Filed on paper

https://www.elections.il.gov/CampaignDisclosure/CDPDFViewer.aspx?FiledDocID=5IAu%2fhZky1TNHTzT9MkZbA%3d%3d&DocType=y4%2bQAKnRNtkuIDOSztTByg%3d%3d
Letter/Correspondence
2/23/2023 11:09:00 AM

Filed on paper

https://www.elections.il.gov/CampaignDisclosure/CDPDFViewer.aspx?FiledDocID=5IAu%2fhZky1Q9zdAx%2f2KWaA%3d%3d&DocType=y4%2bQAKnRNtkuIDOSztTByg%3d%3d
In the ongoing controversy of the possible embezzlement of Chicago Teachers Union dues to fund Brandon Johnson's mayoral campaign, CTU paid Lawyer Larry Suffredin wrote a letter to the State Board of Elecctions clarifying that two campaign loans totaling over $400,000 were actually union dues donated by individual union members.

RE: Chicago Teachers Union PAC (Illinois Federation of Teachers), Committee 44

Chicago Teachers Union Local 1 PAC, Committee 34464

Dear Mr. Levin:

I represent the two PACs listed above. On February 9, 2023, you asked for clarifications concerning A-ls filed for each PAC. The reported amounts should have been reported as an aggregation of small amounts including dues from individuals and not as a total sum from the Chicago Teachers Union. In the future we will make sure the A-1s properly reflect the source of funds.

Thank you for your inquiiy. Please let me know if you require any additional information. ---

and just like that you have a crony double dipper write one letter and gets two off the hook for two separate violations of campaign finance law. How is a dude allowed to write a letter for his own employer? What is even more strange is wondering how his legal services are billed working for the PACs via CTU? is it an in-kind contribution or direct billing? Herd lawyers can lose their law license is messing with billing paperwork

... here is the original language from the A-1s ...

Receipt Type: Loan Received

no idea how a loan got confused with a dues donation. And there is the little matter of not getting any approvals before this all went down. Only after news media outlets found the donation on the Board of elections did the CTU leadership go back to the executive board for approvals of the loans ...

now what happens since loans were approved and not donations?

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SCHEDULE A-1

REPORT OF CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS OF $1000 OR MORE

FILED

2/9/2023 8:53:23 AM

FOR OFFICE USE ONLY

IDENTIFICATION NO.

34464

Audit District 8

Chicago Teachers Union Local 1 PAC

1901 West Carroll Avenue

Chicago, IL 60612

Receipt Type: Loan Received

Chicago Teachers Union

1901 W. Carroll Ave.

Chicago, IL 60612

Ref - ID: 34464 2/8/2023 2:46:36 PM

$275,000.00

DATE RECEIVED 2/7/2023

I DECLARE THAT THIS REPORT OF CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS OR THIS SEMI-ANNUAL REPORT OF CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS AND EXPENDITURES (INCLUDING ACCOMPANYING SCHEDULES AND STATEMENTS) HAS BEEN EXAMINED BY ME AND TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE AND BELIEF ISA TRUE, CORRECT AND COMPLETE REPORT AS REQUIRED BY ARTICLE 9 OF THE ELECTION CODE. I UNDERSTAND THAT WILLFULLY FILING A FALSE OR INCOMPLETE REPORT IS A BUSINESS OFFENSE SUBJECT TO A FINE OF UP TO $5000.

Stacy Davis Gates

2/9/2023 8:53:23AM

SIGNATURE OF TREASURER OR CANDIDATE

https://www.elections.il.gov/CampaignDisclosure/CDPDFViewer.aspx?FiledDocID=Cjsh9P73a0uOmiLSEdctWA%3d%3d&DocType=PDYoQBkZYxA%3d

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SCHEDULE A-1

REPORT OF CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS OF $1000 OR MORE

FILED

2/9/2023 8:49:34 AM

FOR OFFICE USE ONLY

IDENTIFICATION NO.

444

Audit District 13

Chicago Teachers Union PAC (Illinois Federation of Teachers)

1901 West Carroll Avenue

Chicago, IL 60612

Receipt Type: Loan Received

Chicago Teachers Union

1901 W. Carroll Avenue

Chicago, IL 60612-2401

Ref - ID: 444 2/8/2023 2:55:42 PM

$140,000.00

DATE RECEIVED 2/8/2023

I DECLARE THAT THIS REPORT OF CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS OR THIS SEMI-ANNUAL REPORT OF CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS AND EXPENDITURES (INCLUDING ACCOMPANYING SCHEDULES AND STATEMENTS) HAS BEEN EXAMINED BY ME AND TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE AND BELIEF ISA TRUE, CORRECT AND COMPLETE REPORT AS REQUIRED BY ARTICLE 9 OF THE ELECTION CODE. I UNDERSTAND THAT WILLFULLY FILING A FALSE OR INCOMPLETE REPORT IS A BUSINESS OFFENSE SUBJECT TO A FINE OF UP TO $5000.

Maria T. Moreno

2/9/2023 8:49:34 AM

SIGNATURE OF TREASURER OR CANDIDATE

https://www.elections.il.gov/CampaignDisclosure/CDPDFViewer.aspx?FiledDocID=Cjsh9P73a0tjxthid%2fCbTg%3d%3d&DocType=PDYoQBkZYxA%3d

Contributed By
Chicago Teachers Union
1901 W. Carroll Ave.
Chicago, IL 60612

Amount
$275,000.00
2/7/2023

Received By
Loan Received
Chicago Teachers Union Local 1 PAC


https://www.elections.il.gov/CampaignDisclosure/A1List.aspx?FiledDocID=Cjsh9P73a0uOmiLSEdctWA%3d%3d&ContributionType=wOGh3QTPfKqV2YWjeRmjTeStk426RfVK&Archived=Gl5sibpnFrQ%3d

Contributed By
Chicago Teachers Union
1901 W. Carroll Ave.
Chicago, IL 60612

Amount
$140,000.00
2/8/2023

Received By
Loan Received
Chicago Teachers Union PAC (Illinois Federation of Teachers)



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