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Chicago police’s largest union donated $57,800 on Wednesday to Kim Foxx’s challenger in the Cook County state’s attorney’s race, records show.
The influx from the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 eclipses the total contributions Republican Pat O’Brien reported during the second quarter. In addition to the FOP donation, the former judge looking to unseat the Democratic incumbent this November received $5,000 from the Chicago Police Sergeants Association PAC Fund at the end of July, records show.
“I am proud to have the endorsement and support of the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police!” O’Brien wrote on Facebook. “Kim Foxx has failed to protect our families and neighborhoods. I’m looking forward to working alongside the Chicago PD to bring justice and integrity back to Cook County.”
O’Brien faces uncertain odds in a Democratic-leaning county that could be energized to vote in the race between former Vice President Joe Biden, a Democrat, and President Donald Trump, a Republican. But Foxx has been panned by critics for this year’s surge in gun violence and summer lootings as well as for a special prosecutor report that found “abuses of discretion” but no criminal wrongdoing in the Jussie Smollett case.