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Rauner campaign gift cards raise transparency questions

Rauner campaign gift cards raise transparency questions

In the critical days leading up to Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's election last fall, his campaign handed out thousands of $25, $50 and $75 gift cards to people helping get the vote out for him. The Rauner campaign's use of the Visa prepaid cards was a new and unusual way to reward campaign workers. But it also raises questions about transparency, including what needs to be disclosed under campaign finance law and whether someone is still a volunteer when they get paid. The Rauner campaign had never directly revealed buying the gift cards until July 13 — more than eight months after the election. In a campaign finance report filed with the State Board of Elections,...