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Thu Jun 7, 2018, 06:15 PM

The Most Powerful Conservative Couple You've Never Heard Of

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/07/us/politics/liz-dick-uihlein-republican-donors.html

The Most Powerful Conservative Couple You’ve Never Heard Of
By Stephanie Saul and Danny Hakim
June 7, 2018

Few political donors are as influential, yet little known, as Liz and Dick Uihlein.

The Midwestern couple has joined the upper pantheon of Republican donors alongside names like Koch, Mercer and Adelson. They have spent roughly $26 million on the current election cycle, supporting more than 60 congressional candidates, working outside the party establishment to advance a combative, hard-right conservatism, from Washington to the smallest town.

Mr. Uihlein (pronounced YOU-line), a scion of one of the founders of Schlitz beer, underwrites firebrand anti-establishment candidates who typically defend broad access to assault weapons and assail transgender rights. He has also bankrolled partisan newspapers and backed Roy Moore in Alabama even after he was accused of sexual misconduct with underage girls.

Mrs. Uihlein is the hands-on president of Uline, the packing supply giant the couple founded together nearly four decades ago. Her own views emerge in dispatches she sends out in the company catalog: about her devotion to Fox News, her love for Hall & Oates — they once performed at Uline — and her disdain for marijuana. “Have the politicians gone mad?” she once wrote about the legalization of the drug. “It’s bad news.”


Dick and Liz Uihlein at President Trump’s inauguration in Washington. Before rallying to the Trump campaign, Mr. Uihlein backed the candidacies of Scott Walker, the Wisconsin governor, and Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. Credit Katherine Skiba

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dalton99a Jun 2018 OP
awesomerwb1 Jun 2018 #1
wcmagumba Jun 2018 #2
k8conant Jun 2018 #3
Dawson Leery Jun 2018 #4
sdfernando Jun 2018 #5
underpants Jun 2018 #6
BigmanPigman Jun 2018 #7
150Waukegan Jun 2018 #8
TexasTowelie Jun 2018 #9
lunasun Jun 2018 #14
Rollo Jun 2018 #10
150Waukegan Jun 2018 #11
czarjak Jun 2018 #12
lunasun Jun 2018 #13
JI7 Jun 2018 #15

Response to dalton99a (Original post)

Thu Jun 7, 2018, 06:18 PM

1. Never heard of them

Thank you for posting.

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Response to dalton99a (Original post)

Thu Jun 7, 2018, 06:27 PM

2. I almost ordered some packing...

boxes from Uline a few years back but did not...glad now....

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Response to wcmagumba (Reply #2)

Thu Jun 7, 2018, 07:42 PM

3. I get their catalogs and considered ordering...

but no more.

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Response to dalton99a (Original post)

Thu Jun 7, 2018, 07:57 PM

4. Literal Nazis.

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Response to dalton99a (Original post)

Thu Jun 7, 2018, 08:08 PM

5. Had now idea ULINE was run by these types of people

I've ordered from them in the past...but now are off the list....never again!

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Response to sdfernando (Reply #5)

Thu Jun 7, 2018, 08:23 PM

6. Lord knows we get enough catalogs from them

We don't order from them mostly due to their size.

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Response to dalton99a (Original post)

Thu Jun 7, 2018, 08:29 PM

7. I never heard of them but now I already would boycott whatever

they produce on sheer principle.

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Response to dalton99a (Original post)

Fri Jun 8, 2018, 03:17 AM

8. Uihlein (U-Line) activities against Humans

This corporation and it’s owner have proven, by actions in Illinois and Wisconsin, they possess utter and complete disdain for the masses. These activities this lot has gleefully participated in, have no regard for the interests of the hundreds of millions American citizens.

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Response to 150Waukegan (Reply #8)

Fri Jun 8, 2018, 03:30 AM

9. Welcome to DU!

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Response to 150Waukegan (Reply #8)

Sun Jun 10, 2018, 02:38 AM

14. Look how close Ives got to R primary win in IL with thier $$$$ backing

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Response to dalton99a (Original post)

Fri Jun 8, 2018, 04:16 AM

10. I had head that Uline was owned by some ultra-right winger....

Heard that last year at some point. I don't think I've ever ordered anything from them, and I'm unlikely to after learning of their political activism. There are plenty of other companies the provide much the same products.

Hadn't learned the name of the couple, though. That's new to me.

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Response to dalton99a (Original post)

Fri Jun 8, 2018, 06:04 AM

11. U-Line

U-Line/Uihlein as a politically active corporation/individual, should be researched concerning the organizations and individuals that this entity is so willing to be a benefactor.

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Response to dalton99a (Original post)

Fri Jun 8, 2018, 09:09 PM

12. You'd think they'd be against same-sex marriage.

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Response to czarjak (Reply #12)

Sun Jun 10, 2018, 02:35 AM

13. Jeanne Ives IL ultra conservative for gov. Anti trans ad during our primaries

From link
They backed an Illinois candidate for governor who ran a television commercial playing on a deep-voiced transgender caricature, and a congressman from Georgia, Jody Hice, who divines significance in blood moons that fall on Jewish holidays.
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Opposing gay and transgender rights was frequently a focus of his efforts. In one Illinois school district, Mr. Uihlein bankrolled a school board candidate who fought a move allowing transgender students in girls’ locker rooms.

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Response to czarjak (Reply #12)

Sun Jun 10, 2018, 04:52 AM

15. They are opposed to lgbt rights

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