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Thursday, Aug. 11, 2005 02:36 pm


New fundraising committee linked to power boss

Todd Renfrow, director of City Water, Light & Power, isn’t running for public office or campaigning for any particular issues, but he’s formed a new political-action committee, apparently to raise money for campaigns.

Called Springfield Leadership PAC, the organization doesn’t mention Renfrow by name, but its address matches Renfrow’s home address. William O’Rourke, Renfrow’s executive assistant at CWLP, is listed as treasurer, and Ed Vehovic, Renfrow’s son-in-law, is listed as chairman.

Renfrow didn’t return messages seeking comment.  O’Rourke says Renfrow and other formed the PAC to encourage young people to become active in public service.

“We want to make sure that our government is left in good hands,” O’Rourke  says.

According to reports filed with the State Board of Elections, this new PAC has raised almost $20,000. About $12,000 of that total was from unions and other PACs. Individual donors include Hanson Professional Services ($200), Hanson honchos Sergio “Satch” Pecori ($200) and Robert Cusick ($200), and former Hanson senior vice-president Jack Healy ($200), real estate developers Charles Robbins ($2,000) and Courtney Joyner ($750). R.W. Troxell chiefs Mike Aiello, Gary Hoecker and Kevin Timoney each donated $250.

As for expenditures, the PAC has spent $385 on postage stamps and given a $200 donation to Southern Illinois University. Another $320 was spent on a meeting at Sammy’s Sports Bar, and approximately $260 paid for three meals at the Sangamo Club.

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