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Trump Spawned Group of Mega-Donors - Including Scientologists - Who Now Hold Sway Over GOP’s Future

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  1. Trump Spawned a New Group of Mega-Donors -- Including Scientologists -- Who Now Hold Sway Over the GOP’s Future


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    NOTE: I would post the same story if the Scientologist.Mega-Donors had contributed to the Democratic Party.

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    ProPublica: Trump Spawned a New Group of Mega-Donors Who Now Hold Sway Over the GOP’s Future

    These powerful donors, who each contributed more than $1 million, shied away from party politics before Trump. What brought them off the sidelines?

    by Isaac Arnsdorf
    May 6, 5 a.m. EDT


    https://www.propublica.org/article/...s-future?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social


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    Over the last five years, it has become clear that former President Donald Trump has activated a new set of mega-donors who were not previously big spenders in national politics.

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    Whether they will deepen their involvement or step back, and whether their giving will extend to candidates beyond Trump, will have an outsized role in steering the future of the Republican Party and even American democracy.

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    ProPublica identified 29 people and couples who increased their political contributions at least tenfold since 2015, based on an analysis of Federal Election Commission records compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics. The donors in the table below gave at least $1 million to Trump and the GOP after previously having spent less than $1 million total. Most of the donations went to super PACs supporting Trump or to the Trump Victory joint fundraising vehicle that spread the money among his campaign and party committees.

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    Patricia Duggan

    Wealthy Scientologist
    St. Petersburg, Florida

    Source of wealth: Ex-wife of enterpreneur Bob Duggan

    Administration connection: Duggan attended Trump's inauguration and was photographed with advisers Kellyanne Conway and Newt Gingrich.

    Controversies: The couple, who divorced in 2017, were the biggest donors to the Church of Scientology, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

    Pre-Trump
    $16,460

    Post-Trump
    $4.96M

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    Bob Duggan

    Wealthy Scientologist
    Santa Barbara, California

    Source of wealth: Pharmacyclics, a cancer drug company sold to AbbVie in 2015

    Controversies: Duggan told the Tampa Bay Times that he stood by Scientology leader David Miscavige as the church faced allegations of exploitation and abuse. "Look at the facilities, you look at buildings, you look at all the good will projects,” Duggan told the newspaper in 2019. “I just look at the balance of the good things they’ve done. ... I’m sure if we dug deep enough, we’d find things in each other’s lives, like yeah, this is a mistake."

    Pre-Trump
    $18.65K

    Post-Trump
    $4.59M

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