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Florida Scientologist Trish Duggan becomes huge Trump donor

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  1. Florida Scientologist Trish Duggan becomes huge Trump donor

    Politico: Florida Scientologist becomes huge Trump donor

    https://www.politico.com/states/flo...cientologist-becomes-huge-trump-donor-1317635

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    TALLAHASSEE — Trish Duggan, a wealthy Florida Scientologist, has become one of the GOP’s top donors, including giving $4 million alone to a pro-Donald Trump super PAC, campaign finance records show.

    Duggan and a trust in her name have each given $2 million to America First Action, the biggest Trump-aligned super PAC of the 2020 cycle. The group has spent more than $40 million on TV ads and airtime reservations so far this cycle in key swing states, including Florida.

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    Edited to add from the Politico story:

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    Beyond the $4 million to the pro-Trump super PAC, Duggan this cycle has also given $589,600 to Trump Victory, a joint fundraising committee helping the president’s campaign raise money, and $45,000 to the Republican National Committee.

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  2. The Politico story linked above notes that Trish Duggan contributed to the America First Action political action committee. Open Secrets documents those contributions here:

    https://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/pacgave2.php?cmte=C00637512&cycle=2020

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  3. I believe that I may have found a very small mistake in the Politico story. The story states:

    https://www.politico.com/states/flo...cientologist-becomes-huge-trump-donor-1317635

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    Trish Duggan’s status as a top federal donor is new to the 2020 election cycle. She has not previously given federal contributions under her name, federal campaign finance records show

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    Yet, Open Secrets shows that a Patricia Duggan then living in Belleair Beach, FL gave $1,000 to the Black Americans for the President's Agenda political action committee in 2018:

    https://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/pacgave2.php?cycle=2018&cmte=C00668517

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  4. Tony Ortega advances the story:


    Now that Scientology mega-donor Trish Duggan is famous, will the ditched-kid story blow up?



    https://tonyortega.org/2020/09/23/n...is-famous-will-the-ditched-kid-story-blow-up/



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    But that’s not even the craziest story involving the Duggans and their millions that we’ve covered here at the Bunker. That certainly goes to the strange and disturbing story we wrote back in 2014 about their adopted kids, a story the Duggans have taken steps to try and suppress.

    The Duggans tried to attack the piece through the photos we’d used to illustrate it, attempting to get Google to de-index the story by claiming we’d violated their copyrights. So, we simply replaced the photos with some fun illustrations by the very talented Chad Essley, and the story remains searchable.

    But it’s no wonder that the Duggans don’t want people reading the story. It’s some ugly stuff, involving the allegation that one of the children the couple adopted (they’ve adopted at least six) was later fobbed off on a Scientologist couple in South Africa when he turned out to be a handful.

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    The phrase "the story remains searchable" links to:


    https://tonyortega.org/2014/10/15/a...uggan-the-richest-scientologist-in-the-world/



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  5. A comment I posted on Tony Ortega's blog that I want to cross-post here.

    Duggan's political contributions -- and perhaps more importantly, what they portend for the future -- are a big concern. I have characterized them as David Miscavige's new thermonuclear weapon.

    Seriously, will any Republican take on or antagonize Scientology if it means pissing off Duggan and causing her to stop making political contributions to Republicans?
  6. PainterofLite Member

    Not likely these days unless Trump, their role model did it first.
  7. CNBC: Pro-Trump super PAC America First Action raised over $42 million in September

    ETA: NOTE: The $2 million figure provided by CNBC is out of date. As I posted later below, the current figure is $5 million.

    https://www.cnbc.com/amp/2020/10/20...tion-raised-over-42-million-in-september.html

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    Republican megadonor Timothy Mellon gave $10 million. Trish Duggan, a Florida-based benefactor to Scientology, gave $2 million. Billionaire Diane Hendricks gave another $2 million.

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    The phrase "benefactor to Scientology" links to:

    https://www.politico.com/states/flo...eqEinr355CHe-36wrIKP3zHE2C_OJxt11ndRHlr58bsM0

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  8. On 8/17/20 Scientologist Patricia (Trish) Duggan contributed an additional $1 million to the pro-Trump America First Action political action committee.

    To date, she has contributed a total of $5 million to that committee.

    The above is according to Open Secrets and based on data released by the FEC on October 15, 2020.

    https://www.opensecrets.org/outside...01295772&type=I&super=S&name=Duggan, Patricia.

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    Politico earlier reported that Trish Duggan also gave $589,600 to Trump Victory, a joint fundraising committee helping the president’s campaign raise money, and $45,000 to the Republican National Committee. See:

    https://www.politico.com/states/flo...cientologist-becomes-huge-trump-donor-1317635

    Thus, to date she has a given a total of $5,634,600 to the effort to reelect Trump.
  9. I want to add the same comment here that I made on Mike Rinder's blog yesterday regarding Bob Duggan's recently reported $200,000 contribution to Trump's campaign.

    My point is neither anti-Trump nor pro-Trump. I would post precisely the same thing if the contributions had been made to the Biden campaign.

    I believe it is significant when a Scientologist is politically active. I believe it is far more significant when a Scientologist billionaire is politically active.

    The importance of these donations is not just how much is donated, but also what they portend for the future.

    Republicans could reasonably think, "If between them the Duggans have already donated almost $6 million to Trump, and they donated $360 million to Scientology, how much might they donate to our candidates in the future?"

    Will any Republican in Washington take on or antagonize Scientology if it means pissing off the Duggans and causing them to stop making political contributions to Republicans?

    And again, I would ask precisely the same question if the contributions had been made to the Biden campaign. My concern is non-partisan. It is solely about the political influence of Scientology generally, regardless of party. For example, I furiously tweeted and posted the story (including here) about Biden VP hopeful Karen Bass having spoken at the Inglewood Org opening and praising Scientology front-groups six months before the story "broke" on the Daily Caller.
  10. Yesterday, I noted that: (1) on 8/17/20 Scientologist Patricia (Trish) Duggan contributed an additional $1 million to the pro-Trump America First Action political action committee; (2) to date, she has contributed a total of $5 million to that committee: (3) she also gave $589,600 to Trump Victory and $45,000 to the Republican National Committee; and (4) thus, to date she has a given a total of $5,634,600 to the effort to reelect Trump

    Today, I want to add that Open Secrets reports that when Trish Duggan had donated "only" $2 million, she was already the 74th biggest donor to federal outside money organizations (e.g., political action committees). See:

    https://www.opensecrets.org/elections-overview/biggest-donors?cycle=2020&view=om


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    Another view:


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    Now at $5 million she could be tied for #33 on the list.

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