Event honoring Quinn raises 'pay to play' issues

CHICAGO (AP) - An Illinois lobbying firm that shares leadership with a state subcontractor is hosting a fundraiser for a group financially supporting Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn's re-election. The event raises questions about "pay to play" politics in one of the most competitive governor's races in the nation.

The Roosevelt Group is hosting a fundraiser at its office Tuesday for the Democratic Governors Association "honoring Pat Quinn," according to the invitation. The group has contributed $260,000 to its political action committee supporting Quinn's re-election.

Roosevelt Group's principals also own a consulting firm that has a $250,000 state subcontract to promote health insurance coverage. State law bars contractors from contributing to officeholders with control over contracts.

Quinn campaign spokeswoman Brooke Anderson says the event isn't a Quinn fundraiser and he's not attending it.

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