Chicago Mayor Spends $30,000 Of Campaign Funds On Personal Grooming

Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson has come under scrutiny for spending over $30,000 of his campaign’s funds on hair and makeup in the past year. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Johnson utilized contributions to his Friends of Brandon Johnson campaign fund for these expenses.

Election board records indicate that the bulk of the money went to Denise Milloy, a “skincare enthusiast,” and her business, Makeup Majic. Milloy, operating from her home on the South Side of Chicago, received over 30 payments between 2023 and 2024.

These expenditures were labeled as “Candidate makeup for TV,” “Candidate makeup for debate,” or simply “Candidate makeup,” and were later filed as “event expenses” after Johnson took office. Johnson’s campaign spokesperson, Bill Neidhardt, defended the expenses, stating, “The mayor does not spend taxpayer dollars in preparation for the many public appearances and events he attends every day.” He added that Johnson uses his campaign funds to support black and women-owned businesses.

Additionally, another $4,000 was paid to Anthony Jones Salon in Palatine, Illinois, listed as “event expenses.” However, the salon’s owner claimed he never received payment from Johnson. Neidhardt explained this was due to a filing error, and the payment was intended for AJ Styles Barber & Beauty Salon on the West Side of Chicago.

In comparison, former Mayor Lori Lightfoot spent about $2,000 on “event-makeup services” during her unsuccessful re-election campaign last year.