By Paul Merrion September 25, 2012
(Crain’s) — A pro-gay rights Republican super PAC plans to put $500,000 into the state’s hottest congressional race, supporting GOP U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert with ads attacking Democratic candidate Bill Foster.
That’s by far the biggest outside independent money so far in the west suburban race, which polls show to be essentially tied between the seven-term congresswoman and the former one-term congressman, a former Fermilab scientist who was defeated in the last election in a district farther west.
Ms. Biggert is one of three Republican candidates supported by American Unity PAC, founded last June by New York hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer, who has also worked to legalize same-sex marriage in New York and other states.
Ms. Biggert has voted for stricter sentencing for anti-gay hate crimes and to ban employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, which Mr. Foster also voted for when he was in Congress. In addition, she has a record as a fiscal conservative, a spokesman for the group noted.