What They’re Saying: Rauner’s $100K+ Wine Club Dominates The News

September 3, 2014

He dodges taxes by sheltering part of his vast fortune in the Cayman Islands. He paid zero dollars in Social Security and Medicare taxes while saying he was open to taxing retirement benefits. His companies have made millions through the abuse and neglect of senior citizens and the developmentally disabled. He’s made millions shipping American jobs overseas. He brags about being in the top .01 percent. And he wants to cut the minimum wage by a dollar an hour even though he made $53 million the same year he retired.

But yesterday’s shocking admission might take the cake for Billionaire Bruce Rauner. At an event where he was supposed to be paying lip service to the struggles of Illinois veterans, Rauner admitted that he belongs to an elite wine club that costs $100,000 a year to join.

Here’s a sample of the coverage that is sure to dominate Billionaire Bruce’s week:

The Chicago Sun Times: “Bruce Rauner confirms he belongs to $100,000 wine club”

The Washington Post: “Bruce Rauner spends more on wine than average Illinois households spend on everything”

USA TODAY: “GOP governor candidate belongs to exclusive wine club”

NBC Chicago: “Rauner Admits Belonging to $140,000 Wine Club”

Talking Points Memo: “Wealthy GOP Guv. Candidate: ‘Yes’ I Belong To A $100,000 Wine Club”

Crain’s Chicago Business: “Rauner’s $100,000 question”

CBS Chicago: “Rauner Admits Belonging To $100,000 Wine Club”

The Chicago Tribune: “Members of the Napa Valley Reserve winery reportedly pay as much as a $140,000 initiation fee to work with famed winemaker H. William Harlan.”

MSNBC: “In other words, say hello to Illinois’ Mitt Romney.”

Washington Post: “The latest to open himself up to Romney vintage attacks is Bruce Rauner, the Republican nominee for governor of Illinois. Rauner on Tuesday acknowledged to reporters that he belongs to an exclusive wine club that costs more than $100,000 to join. The Democratic attack ad practically writes itself.  After all, Democrats have long been eager for any chance they get to cast Rauner as the Romney of 2014. The Democratic Governors Association released a video last month tying the two together and accusing Rauner, a former private equity executive, of outsourcing jobs.”

@natashakorecki Bruce Rauner confirms to reporters he belongs to a wine club that costs $100k to join.

@TheFix Bruce Rauner spends more on wine than average Illinois households spend on everything. http://wapo.st/1rgpyas 

@joshtpm Wealthy GOP Guv. Candidate: ‘Yes’ I Belong To A $100,000 Wine Club @TPM http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/bruce-rauner-wine-club-100000 …