Comptroller Leslie Munger released a campaign ad Wednesday focusing on her proposed “No Budget, No Pay” policy that would require a balanced budget to be passed in order for state lawmakers to be paid.
The 30-second spot stresses Munger’s business background and looks to establish the comptroller as an “outsider” in Illinois politics.
“When the politicians down in Springfield couldn’t pass a budget she told them ‘no budget, no pay,’” the ad’s narrator says.
The narrator goes on to call Munger’s bid for re-election “a campaign that puts the politicians in line with the rest of us."
Munger, who was appointed comptroller by Gov. Bruce Rauner in 2015, announced in April that lawmakers would have to wait in line to receive paychecks with other state vendors.
“They’re hurting Illinois, so why should they get paid,” Munger asks in the ad.
The Republican is facing a tough bid for re-election against Democratic challenger and Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza, as well as added competition from Libertarian Party candidate Claire Ball and Green Party candidate Tim Curtin.
Last week, Munger received a $260,000 donation from her husband, exceeding the $250,000 self-funding threshold and removing fundraising limits for the race. The contribution is technically a loan that could be immediately repaid. Nevertheless, campaign finance limits would still be off for Munger and her three opponents in the race.