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Emanuel Denies Link to Fundraising Group



    The mayor-elect says the Chicago Tribune headline is misleading. (Published Monday, March 7, 2011)

    Rahm Emanuel Thursday said a Chicago Tribune story linking him to a secretly funded political group called For A Better Chicago is misleading.

    "I will be transparent," he said about which aldermanic candidates he will support during a run-off election set for April 5.

    The Tribune article says the group, which is allegedly aligned with Emanuel, has poured more than $445,000 into aldermanic races in which Emanuel, the mayor-elect, would have a political stake. The leader of For A Better Chicago, Greg Goldner said his team does support Emanuel and wants to see a pro-business, pro-Emanuel city council form after the elections are finished.

    But he denied any link to Emanuel.

    Emanuel also denied the link, and said he has an ideal in mind for what sort of council he would like to see in power.

    "The candidates I support, support an agenda for reform," he said at a morning news conference. 

    Emanuel said he would like to see For A Better Chicago reveal its funding sources.

    "They should be transparent, too" he said.

    The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform agrees. They filed a complaint against the group on February 15.