Protesters want Bustos to live up to $34K commitment

Originally Posted Online: Aug. 28, 2014, 11:12 pm
Last Updated: Aug. 28, 2014, 11:15 pm
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By Eric Timmons,

ROCK ISLAND — Republicans protested outside Rep. Cheri Bustos' Rock Island office on Thursday demanding that she donate 10 percent of her pay to charity to live up to a commitment she made to cut her salary.

In a 2012 interview with the Chicago Tribune Rep. Bustos, D-East Moline, said she would voluntarily take a 10 percent pay cut in her $174,000 salary as a congresswoman if she was elected.

She did not return 10 percent of her pay and her campaign manager Jeremy Jansen said she "misspoke" when she answered "yes" to the Tribune editors" question about her salary.

Republican Bobby Schilling's campaign publicized an audio recording of the interview and challenged Rep. Bustos to donate $34,800 to a veterans charity, an amount that equals 10 percent of her salary over the two years of her first term.

On Thursday, 10 Republicans protested outside Rep. Bustos' Rock Island office holding placards that read "pay up Cheri" and "keep your promise Cheri." Ron Camper of Port Byron was among the protesters.

"I'm here because I'm a veteran and Cheri Bustos is lying to the people of the 17th Congressional District about her pledge to give back 10 percent of her pay," he said.

The Bustos campaign did not answer questions asking if she would respond to Mr. Schilling's request that she give 10 percent of her pay to charity.

Mr. Jansen, Rep. Bustos' campaign manager, responded to the questions by releasing an emailed statement about Mr. Schilling.

The statement criticized Mr. Schilling's record on protecting U.S. jobs from outsourcing and his employment at CMB Regional Centers since leaving Congress.

At CMB, Mr. Schilling works on finding investments for wealthy foreigners looking to get U.S. visas through the federal EB-5 Program.

"When it comes to salaries and challenges, Bobby Schilling has a lot to answer for," Mr. Jansen said.

Mr. Schilling's spokesman Jon Schweppe said Rep. Bustos was "trying to find something to talk about apart from giving the $34,800 back."

Mr. Schilling, of Colona, lost his seat in Congress to Rep. Bustos in 2012 in one of the nation's most expensive congressional races.


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