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New FEC Report: Ron Johnson’s Billionaire Backers Donate Another $280k to his Re-election Campaign

Apr 21, 2022

Billionaires Dick and Liz Uihlein continue to throw big money into Johnson’s campaign after he secured them millions in tax breaks

Senator Ron Johnson’s billionaire donors are rewarding him for securing them a tax cut of upwards of $215 million that went to just threeof his wealthy supporters. New FEC filings show that Dick and Liz Uihlein, two of the three billionaire backers that received this tax cut from Senator Johnson, used a loophole to give Senator Johnson $280,000 for his re-election campaign during the first quarter of 2022.

The new six-figure donations to Johnson’s campaign is in addition to the over $20 million the Uihleins gave to groups supporting Johnson in 2016.

Johnson recently defended the tax breaks benefitting his big donors and himself.

See below for coverage of Johnson and his billionaire backers’ blatant and self-serving corruption:

  • ProPublica: The expanded tax break Johnson muscled through netted [the Uihleins and Johnson backer billionaire Diane Hendricks] $215 million in deductions in 2018 alone, drastically reducing the income they owed taxes on.

  • AP: Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson told backers at a recent event in Wisconsin that his plastics company benefited from a key provision he pushed for in former President Donald Trump’s tax bill in 2017, addressing a line of attack being made against him during his reelection bid.

  • WKOW: The second and third biggest beneficiaries were Dick and Liz Uihlein, owners of Uline Packaging in Pleasant Prairie, and Diane Hendricks of Beloit-based ABC Supply Co. The Uihliens saved $43.53 million in 2018 while Hendricks saved $35.91 million. The Uihleins gave Johnson’s campaign fund about $280,000 in the last quarter per FEC filings due last Friday.

  • WISC: Sen. Ron Johnson on Monday again defended his vote in favor of the 2017 tax cuts that he admitted earlier this month benefitted his own plastics company.