Obscure GOP megadonor put $500K into Joe Carr PAC

In an article headlined “The biggest Republican megadonor you’ve never heard of,” Politico reports Richard Uihlein and his wife, Elizabeth, are currently the nation’s biggest donors to GOP causes in the mid-term federal elections at $21 million – including $500,000 to a PAC set up by former Tennessee state Rep. joe Carr.

The $21 million figures doesn’t include millions in donations to state-level races. Politico’s lead is on how he “essentially bankrolled” Jeanne Ives, who barely lost a challenger to Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner in Tuesday’s Republican primary, donating $2.5 million in one week.

It’s the latest example of Uihlein’s burgeoning role as one of the most influential, but still little-known, political donors in the country. His early six- and seven-figure contributions to emerging Republican candidates, and penchant for disruptive politics, have been crucial to building a raft of anti-establishment Republicans seeking to emulate Donald Trump’s formula for success during this year’s midterm elections.

… Uihlein is filling a void created by the demise of Steve Bannon, whose GOP revolution — with Republican megadonor Robert Mercer as his supposed benefactor — was derailed when he became a party pariah. While Mercer and other big donors like Sheldon Adelson have so far been circumspect with their money this year, Uihlein has begun to shape Republicans’ efforts back in the Senate. In addition to donating to tea party groups and the Club for Growth, which Uihlein has supported in the past, he’s given several million dollars to super PACs backing specific candidates in Senate races.

…In Tennessee, Uihlein put $500,000 into a PAC last August with an indeterminate purpose; the PAC’s operator, listed as failed 2014 Senate candidate Joe Carr, did not respond to requests for comment.

Note: Carr’s PAC, called Stand Firm America, held a $447,798 as of the last report available on the FEC’s website, filed in January. It’s biggest reported expenditure ($75,000 out of a total $79,000) was for “political admin consulting” to Avalanche Communications of Seminole, Fla. (Previous post on Carr creating the PAC, HERE.)

Carr lost a surprisingly close race to Lamar Alexander in the 2014 Republican U.S. Senate primary and then was soundly defeated by Diane Black in the 2016 GOP 6th Congressional District primary. Most recently, Carr lost to Shane Reeves – by almost a 2-to-1 margin – in the January Republican primary special election for state Senate District 14. (Previous post HERE.)

While a Politico listing of Uilein’s biggest donations says the candidate ultimately benefiting from the $500,000 to Carr’s PAC is unknown, there might be a hint in a separate filing that shows Elizabeth Uilein, as an individual, has given $2,700 to Marsha Blackburn’s U.S. Senate. Club for Growth, which has received support from the couple as noted by Politico, is actively supporting Blackburn’s campaign.

7 Responses to Obscure GOP megadonor put $500K into Joe Carr PAC

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    James White says:

    Carr voted FOR an Article V Constitutional Convention. The district does not deserve to have anyone like him in any office.

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    Stuart I. Anderson says:

    God bless Richard and Elizabeth Uihlein! The present day Republican Party is simply the political arm of various Chamber of Commerce’s and the Business Round Table. It’s almost a shame to interfere with this cozy relationship by “. . .disruptive politics. . .by anti-establishment Republicans. . . .” Then there’s the Democratic Party which represents the left-wing of our political spectrum very well. Surely somewhere, somehow conservatives are entitled to be represented as well. All it takes is money.

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    VoterVic says:

    Its a shame that some people do not understand that the choke hold the federal government has on our liberties in the form of mandates to local government will never go away on its own…maybe some people like it! But, I do not and those that support Article V Constitutional Convention have my support. Additionally, Stuart is PRECISELY correct here. I’m wondering where all the ill words are in unbiased ‘articles’ on George Soros…..crickets! Once again, Dems and their radical leftist’s escape the ‘microscope’ of news outlets while anything a GOP donor does is “disruptive politics” and “anti-establishment” LOL!

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      James White says:

      I hope you don’t like the 2nd amendment, because there are plans to eliminate it at any Article V convention. It will be a run-a-way convention and the state legislatures will have no power.

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    Tommy Ray McAnally says:

    Folks, I think these kind of donors have something going their way and this is another example of BIG MONEY pushing and don’t care who they run over. Folks I Think this IS another GOOD reason to vote against BIG MONEY. If you even think these kind donors are on a middle class side folks I think you’ve lost it. By the way Republican or Democratic these kind of donors I think need to be looked at closely. By the way anybody but Judd Matheny for Congress. Vote for person running for office that isn’t bought and paid for. Illegals must GO.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Tommy, I’m afraid in a nation of 320 million people politics via word of mouth, chatting over the back fence simply doesn’t work very well. It take $millions to run anything other than a strictly local election and I don’t know about you but I’m a little tapped out when it comes to that kind of money.

      Of course, if you are serious about “. . .vot[ing] against BIG MONEY” you will soon see that you simply have no one to vote for, which, considering your aversion to the most reliable, consistent conservative candidate on any Tennessee ballot, Judd Matheny, might be just as well. Then again, when you say “Illegals must GO” you are speaking like a conservative. This is all very confusing.

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    Donna Locke says:

    It’s an ignorant waste of money to give any to Joe Carr, who is an establishment puppet of the business lobby. Carr changed a good mandatory E-Verify bill in order to accommodate the business lobby. He and Jim Tracy. All of that is why Tennessee does not have mandatory E-Verify, with real penalties, on all employers, which is a big reason Tennessee remains such a magnet to illegal aliens. Carr did not act like a financial conservative in the legislature either.

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