Posted Online: Nov. 02, 2012, 11:28 pm

NAACP unhappy with Schilling's photo use

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By Eric Timmons

The Rock Island County NAACP has criticized U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling, R-Colona, for his use of pictures from an NAACP event in a campaign newsletter sent to residents of the 17th Congressional District.

The pictures were included in the "Illinois Democrat," a 16-page newsletter that angered Democrats who saw it as an attempt to trick voters into thinking Rep. Schilling was a Democrat.

One of the pictures included the NAACP logo and gave"the mistaken impression of NAACP support of Congressman Bobby Schilling during his bid for re-election." The NAACP is non-partisan and does not endorse any individual candidate for public office,an NAACP statement said.

The use of the NAACP logo by Rep. Schilling is "against our rules and are an infringement on our independence," the statement added.

Terry Schilling, Rep. Schilling's campaign manager, said thepictures in the newsletter did "not signify or imply any sort of endorsement from the NAACP."

Clinton writes to local voters
Former President Bill Clinton sent an email to supporters of Democrat Cheri Bustos of East Moline on Friday.

The subject line read "my friend, Cheri Bustos."At the bottom of the email, President Clinton wrote, "Please donate $3 or more before Cheri's final ad buy deadline.Now, let's win this thing!"

The message said Ms. Bustos's campaign needed support to combat negative advertising from Republican groups. Ms. Bustos and Rep. Schilling are both raising money right up to the finishing line in one of the most costly congressional elections in the country.

$9 million in outside money
On Friday, independent expenditures in the 17th Congressional District hit $9 million, according to the Federal Election Commission.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has spent $2.7 million on the race, the most of any independent group.

Big movers late in the spending race include Crossroads GPS, a nonprofit linked to Karl Rove that doesn't disclose its donors. Crossroads has now spent more than $1.3 million on TV commercials that oppose Ms. Bustos.

St. Giuseppe's endorses Schilling
Rep. Schilling has gotten the coveted endorsement of St. Giuseppe's Heavenly Pizza in Moline, although he had a slight advantage over Ms. Bustos to earn the restaurant's nod.

"Bobby Schilling is exactly the kind of leader this country needs," said Joe Schilling, Bobby's son and the manager of St. Giuseppe's. "While here, he did a great job of balancing the budget and taking care of customers. He has exactly the kind of business experience we need in Congress."

St. Giuseppe's, of course, is owned by the Schilling family. The restaurant's endorsement was circulated by the Illinois Republican Party.

WQPT political marathon
WQPT's "The Cities with Jim Mertens" will air a three-and-half-hour special on Sunday, starting at 2:30 p.m., that takes a look at local political contests ahead of Tuesday's election.

The candidates interviewed in the first hour include Republican candidate Neil Anderson and state Rep. Pat Verschoore, D-Milan, the two District 72 candidates for state representative.

In the second hour, state Rep. Rich Morthland, R-Cordova, and his Democratic opponent Mike Smiddy will be featured. The third hour features Republican Bill Albracht, and state Sen. Mike Jacobs, D-East Moline, although he was not interviewed.

Ms. Bustos and Rep. Schilling also will be featured in the last hour-and-a-half.

Actress in town for Obama
Kate Walsh will be in Bettendorf on Saturday to campaign for President Barack Obama. Ms. Walsh is best known for her roles in the television series "Private Practice" and "Grey's Anatomy."

She'll speak at noon at the home of Ferdaus Ahmad,5216 Hopewell Court, Bettendorf, at a canvass kick off for Obama volunteers. She also will attend Obama events in Muscatine and Dubuque Saturday.