SOURCE: AmericasPAC527.com, 2020-10-08
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[reference] New faces emerge among top political donors in 2020.
... Richard Uihlein and Elizabeth Uihlein, the Midwestern founders of the shipping and packaging supplies giant Uline, are this cycle's top megadonors so far. They've contributed over $58 million to Republicans this cycle, the most they've given in a cycle. The Uihleins, dubbed the "most powerful conservative couple you've never heard of" by the New York Times, previously gave nearly $40 million in 2018.
Almost half of the Uihleins' $58 million went to Club for Growth, a conservative super PAC that espouses values such as free enterprise and limited government. Richard Uihlein's $26.5 million in contributions comprise close to half of the money raised so far by Club for Growth Action, making it a "guardian angel" super PAC -- a type of committee that receives 40 percent to 100 percent of its money from a single wealthy individual.
The Uihleins also gave significant amounts -- $17.6 million and $5 million, respectively -- to Restoration Action, a conservative super PAC that advocates for small government and individual freedom, and Americas PAC, a conservative super PAC that has historically made independent expenditures with the goal of winning the support of Black and Hispanic voters. ...
[FactCheck.org] Americas PAC.
... In the 2016 election cycle, Americas PAC reported raising and spending just under $2 million, of which $1.9 million was donated by Republican donor Richard Uihlein, CEO of Uline Corp., a manufacturer and distributor of shipping, packaging and industrial supplies. ...
... Americas PAC was established in 2003 by Kansas Republican activist Richard Nadler as a "dark money" political committee organized under Section 527 of the IRS code. As such, it was allowed to raise and spend unlimited amounts for independent expenditures from any U.S. source without disclosing the identity of its givers.
After Richard Nadler's death in 2009, control of Americas PAC passed to its longtime political consultant, Tom Donelson, who runs it from a two-story house in Marion, Iowa. Donelson registered Americas PAC [pdf | local copy (pdf)] with the Federal Election Commission as a super PAC in 2014, and has since filed regular disclosures of its donations and expenditures.
When we contacted Donelson, he declined to say how much he hoped to raise and spend in 2018. But he did share that the PAC is now looking beyond targeting minority voters.
"We have expanded from our minority outreach to include other aspects of the Democratic base including single white women, as well as independents and blue collar workers, what we call 'Trump Republicans,'" he told us via email. "We also target Republicans to ensure the whole base comes out."
In addition to the Senate races in West Virginia, Montana and Wisconsin, the PAC has what Donelson called a "wish list" of other contests, including House races, depending on fundraising.
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