ICYMI: Nikki Budzinski Cashed in on Connections While Illinois Residents Struggle
Statement Released By Illinois Republican Party
Inflation is at its highest rate in 40 years, while the cost of gas and groceries have skyrocketed, making it harder for Central and Southern Illinois residents to get by. Business however is looking pretty good for Pritzker and Biden insider Nikki Budzinski.
According to the Better Government Association:
“Shortly after she left her state job as a senior adviser to Gov. J.B. Pritzker, longtime political operative Nikki Budzinski collected more than $500,000 in consulting and other fees in 10 months, including more than $80,000 from a Springfield lobbyist Budzinski helped while working for the governor.
At least $100,000 of that payday came from progressive organizations that don’t disclose their donors — despite Budzinski now running for Congress downstate as a Democrat in the 13th District on a platform that includes getting “dark money” out of politics, a Better Government Association examination of government records found.”
The story continues:
“Budzinski’s separate 2020 work for “dark money” organizations contrasts with her campaign platform to “get dark money out of politics by requiring disclosure of all large dollar donations” as she runs for Congress in the newly drawn 13th District…
…Budzinski’s federal forms contain a variety of inconsistencies including the amounts she was paid and by whom. But they show the candidate received more than $100,000 from politically prominent Washington D.C.-based nonprofits that do not disclose their donors.”
All told, Budzinski has raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars in consulting and lobbying fees since leaving the Pritzker Administration. Further, as a Pritzker and Biden insider, Budzinski made a career out of making life more expensive for Central Illinois residents.
In 2019, while Nikki Budzinski was serving as a Senior Advisor in the Office of the Governor, JB Pritzker signed a $45 million package of bills that doubled the gas tax. She was also in a senior role in advocating for Pritzker’s failed tax referendum which would have changed the Illinois Constitution to give politicians more power to raise income taxes.
In 2021, Budzinski joined the Biden Administration as Chief of Staff to the Office of Management and Budget to – you guessed it – advance higher taxes and higher inflation while turning a blind eye to skyrocketing energy costs. Budzinski led the office that was in charge of implementing Biden’s vision for America that included canceling the Keystone XL Pipeline, which eliminated more than 1,000 great jobs and cut Americans off from much-needed additional energy resources. Budzinski continued to champion the American Rescue Plan, despite dire warnings from respected Democrat economists that it would cause the severe inflation that we are now seeing.
“From Pritzker’s tax increases to Bidenflation, Nikki Budzinski has made a career out of making life more expensive for Illinois residents,” said Illinois Republican Party Chairman Don Tracy. It’s troubling that as Illinois residents struggle with Pritzker’s taxes and Biden’s inflation – that she helped cause as Budget Director – that Budzinski has been able to do so well for herself.”