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Forbes Columnist Slaps Rahm Over City Vendors Giving Campaign Cash

By DNAinfo Staff | March 26, 2015 1:33pm
 Mayor Rahm Emanuel is seen campaigning in this file photo.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is seen campaigning in this file photo.
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CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel got a grilling on the Forbes website, accused of helping Chicago's elite at the expense of "regular homeowners" through a pay-to-play approach to city contracts.

In the past four years, 600 city vendors gave Emanuel $7 million in campaign cash and, since 2002, received $2 billion in city payments. While Emanuel wasn't elected until 2011, author Adam Andrzejewski concludes the mayor now "has complete control of the entire corrupt Daley political machine."

Andrzejewski, who ran unsuccessfully for Illinois governor as a Republican in 2010, is identified as a contributor to Forbes and chairman of the nonprofit group American Transparency. His group compiled the numbers for a Fox News report on corruption in Chicago.

The mayor's office referred questions to his campaign office. That office has not responded yet to a request for comment.

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