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Super PAC Targets Jackson Jr. Race: Report

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    An anti-incumbent super PAC is aiming at Illinois.

    The Houston-based Campaign for Primary Accountability plans to try and unseat three Chicago-area members of Congress in the upcoming primaries, according to Crain's Chicago Business.

    Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Chicago), Rep. Judy Biggert (R-Hinsdale) and Rep. Donald Manzullo (R-Rockford) are on the list, according to Crain's. The group's biggest fundraisers include Joe Ricketts, the father of Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts, the publication reports.

    A spokesman for the super PAC insisted to Crain's the group is not ideological but rather making Congress more representative of people's concerns.

    A statement on its website says the group's goal is to, "bring true competition to our electoral process, to give voters real information about their choices, and to restore fair, not fixed, elections."

    Jackson warned in a fundraising email last week that the group is a Republican super PAC "actively seeking to influence" the election. But Jackson may have more to worry about than the Campaign for Primary Accountability.

    Rival candidate Debbie Halvorson has about as much spending money as Jackson headed into the primary, and according to the Chicago Sun-Times, recent polls show the congressman is vulnerable in this race because of Rod Blagojevich connections and allegations of an affair.

    Crain's says Halvorson distanced herself from the super PAC, saying she just learned of them and doesn't know much about them.