WBBM Newsradio/Craig Dellimore

At Issue: Pritzker Defends His Record-Breaking Spending In Governor's Race

October 19, 2018 - 5:40 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Democratic candidate for governor J.B. Pritzker has now set the record for the highest level of self-funding for any gubernatorial campaign in U.S. history.

Billionaire Pritzker has now invested $146.5 million in his bid to unseat Republican incumbent Bruce Rauner.

That's more than the $144 million Republican Meg Whitman put into her failed 2010 bid to defeat Democrat Jerry Brown for California governor.

She was the most recent record-holder. That California race, by the way, still holds the record for total spending in a race for governor.

Pritzker said he doesn't like that so much money is needed to run -- and win -- but he says Illinois is worth it.

“I’ve supported candidates who couldn’t fund their own races with my own dollars because I want to help them get elected,” he said.

Pritzker is the guest on “At Issue,” which airs 9:30 p.m.