Will the Illinois State Board of Elections investigate Victor Wogen’s political action group(s)? Hope so.

In one of the Chronicle articles, Wogen mentioned “Wogen for Third” as his group, while the ephemeral “Citizens for a Better 3rd Ward” ostensibly sent out a mailer independently of Wogen and his Maple Park consultant, Jon Zahm of Goliath Slayer Communications (motto: “Your one stop shop for winning election campaigns”).

One answer that should be teased out of this mess is, how come the two groups seem to be so interchangeable? “Citizens for 3rd” sends out a smear mailer, but Wogen himself pays up when it’s short postage–and brings in more bins of the stuff himself. “Citizens for 3rd” is an anonymous political support group, but uses opposition research obtained by Zahm’s wife (who submitted the request under a name that she doesn’t normally use).

One might suspect that there is in fact only one political action committee, but that two are claimed so that a) Wogen could be seen as above the fray; b) Wogen could spend more than $3000 in the campaign without filing with the Board of Elections; and c) Wogen could also, in bypassing the filing requirement, keep his campaign contributors secret.

To call or write the Illinois State Board of Elections:

1020 S. Spring Street
P.O. Box 4187
Springfield, Illinois 62708
Telephone: 217/782-4141
Fax: 217/782-5959

or

James R. Thompson Center
100 West Randolph
Suite 14-100
Chicago, Illinois 60601
Telephone: 312/814-6440
Fax: 312/814-6485