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Meet The Billionaire Couple Pumping Their Fortune Into Right-Wing Politics

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Illinois husband and wife Richard and Elizabeth Uihlein are working to reshape the Right with profits from their privately held shipping products empire. Are they the next Kochs?

As Americans increasingly ship everything everywhere, the folks selling packaging materials and industrial supplies are doing great. No one distributes more of the stuff than 76-year-old Richard Uihlein, an heir to the Schlitz beer fortune, and his wife, Elizabeth, 77, who together started a company called Uline in their basement in 1980. Today the Wisconsin-based business, which they run as CEO and president, respectively, does an estimated $6.1 billion in annual sales, enough to make the pair worth $4 billion apiece, according to Forbes’ estimates.

They may not be famous nationwide, but people know them in D.C. Both have been donating to Republican campaigns since the ’90s, contributing roughly $15,000 a year on average up to 2009. In 2010, the Supreme Court blew up efforts to limit political spending with its rulings in Citizens United v. FEC and a couple of related cases. The Uihleins have ratcheted up their giving every cycle since, reporting more than $190 million in political donations in all. That’s more than anyone not named Bloomberg, Steyer […]

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