With Election Day less than two weeks away, Bruce Rauner is replenishing his campaign war chest with even more money: He's written checks worth $3 million in the span of 48 hours to bring his total self-donations to an eye-popping $23 million.
The multi-millionaire Republican Illinois gubernatorial candidate, formerly a managing partner at Chicago private equity firm GTCR ("R" stands for "Rauner"), deposited separate payments of $1.5 million on Monday and Tuesday of this week, according to Illinois State Board of Elections records.
Rauner has spent generously in October, earlier this month adding $6 million to his expensive bid to unseat Democratic incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn while picking up endorsements from the state's biggest newspapers (and most controversially, the Sun-Times).
Quinn, meanwhile, has countered his opponent's cash-fueled offensive with support from heavyweight Democrats President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle, Bill and Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden, who've all flown to the Windy City in recent days to stump for the vulnerable governor.