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Liz And Dick Uihlein Are The Most Powerful Political Contributors You’ve Never Heard Of

Dick and Liz Uihlein are significant Republican contributors. On the list of those who contributed the most to political campaigns during the 2020 election cycle, they come in at number four. Who are they, and how did they become wealthy enough to fund politics with more than $65 million?

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Uline, a Wisconsin-based company, employs roughly 7,000 people. In Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, they constructed a 279,000 square foot complex in 2010. In 2017, they added another 300,000 square foot office on the same site. They moved from Illinois to Wisconsin with the assistance of state and local tax incentives.

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Dick Uihlein has focused much of his energy opposing gay and transgender rights. In one Illinois school district, he supported a candidate for school board who opposed allowing transgender pupils to use the girls’ restrooms. The current governor of Illinois, J.B. Pritzker, has a transgender aunt and has been a strong supporter of LGBTQ rights. Defunding Planned Parenthood is a position shared by the Uihleins.

Citizens Against Virtually Everything, or “CAVERS,” are individuals who obstruct the Uihleins. They reinforce their message by supporting broadsheets and websites that appear to be legitimate news outlets but are really political messaging designed to make one-sided attacks against their opponents.

Liz and Dick Uihlein were recruited by then-RNC Chairman Reince Priebus to close ranks behind Trump. Since 2016, Liz Uihlein has played a significant role in raising money for Trump. In the 2016 election, they contributed $22 million. They gave $50000 toward Trump’s inauguration and made a contribution to the pro-Trump Great America PAC.

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The pair boosted their political contributions to $37.7 million during the 2018 election cycle. As we previously mentioned, the Uihleins have given $59.1 million to Republican candidates so far during the 2020 election cycle. They rank behind casino magnate Sheldon Adelson ($183 million), tech billionaire Thomas Steyer ($68 million), and Michael Bloomberg ($107 million) as the fourth-largest political donors in the US.

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