In addition to expenditures involved in sending letters and making calls to backers of the Independent Map Amendment, the People's Map filed a lawsuit aimed at knocking the redistricting reform constitutional amendment off the November ballot. Their attorneys first prepared the lawsuit and argued in Cook County Circuit Court, and they are now representing People's Map before the Illinois Supreme Court.
"Regarding Circuit Court and Supreme Court litigation, the plaintiff in any lawsuit pays a filing fee to the court," the letter states. "The costs of court reporters, copying and the like are also significant – not to mention hourly billing for attorneys as well as law firm support personnel. Not one of these expense items has been disclosed to the public. In contrast, Independent Maps has scrupulously disclosed all contributions received and expenditures made, complying with both the spirit and letter of the Campaign Finance Act."
The letter concluded: "Our intent in writing this letter is to fully understand Illinois regulations for ballot initiative committees and to see that the same rules apply to all involved. The citizens of Illinois deserve to see not only a clarification of campaign finance regulations but also to be aware of who is financing the People's Map campaign to deny voters the opportunity to amend their own constitution."
To read the full text of the letter, go to www.MapAmendment.org.
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