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Rauner firm got business after $300,000 donation

Published on Friday, June 6, 2014

Rauner firm got business after $300,000 donation

During a stop at the Tribune Editorial Board to push for increased construction spending, Rendell was also asked about the trip he made to Chicago in 2001 to meet with Rauner. Rendell was seeking financial support for his then-newly launched Democratic bid for Pennsylvania governor.

Rauner, whose firm already had Pennsylvania pension business, made two donations. Rendell said he later praised Rauner's firm to pension board officials as they were considering giving GTCR Golder Rauner even more money to invest.

"What happened is what I would do with anyone who gave me money," said Rendell, who pointed out that he didn't control pension officials. "I would say to the pension boards … I'd just say, 'Listen, this is a company that I know is doing good things.' I knew Bruce's company was very successful. I said, 'Take a look at them.' And that was the best I could do."

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