A US billionaire’s business is facing boycotts after reports claim he wrote “big checks” to “challenge” Joe Biden’s victory
Dick Uihlein is facing calls for a boycott of his multinational shipping supplies company Uline, after recent financial disclosures revealed he gave millions to right-wing groups seeking to challenge President Joe Biden’s 2020 victory against Donald Trump.
The donations were made through Uihlein’s nonprofit, the Ed Uihlein Family Foundation, according to documents first published by the watchdog the Center for Media and Democracy and later highlighted by the Daily Beast.
Uihlein gave more than $1 million to Conservative Partnership Institute. Mark Meadows, former chief of staff, is also a senior partner. Cleta Mitchell is the senior legal representative and chair of their Election Integrity Network.
The billionaire also funds other well-known Republican causes like the Federalist Society and Judicial Watch. The Daily Beast points out that Federalist Society members are scholars and activists who contributed to the development of our country. “corrode public trust in election results”Judicial Watch challenged their actual statements regarding the 2020 race. Trump’s former president continues to assert that the election was fraud, although he has yet to provide any evidence.
Worth in the region of $4 billion, Uihlein is one of the GOP’s top donors, along with his wife Elizabeth, and supports the right-leaning media, which the outlet says amplified uncertainty about the veracity of the election results in the wake of Biden’s victory. The Federalist, The American Conservative and Sons of Liberty were supported by donors who gave between $25,000-$750,000 to each platform.
It was also noted that the Center for Security Policy received $700,000. It has been deemed by the Southern Poverty Law Center. “a conspiracy-oriented mouthpiece for the growing anti-Muslim movement.”
Uihlein’s grant-giving habits have made him a pariah among liberal activists, some of whom have taken to calling for a boycott of Uline, which employs around 7,000 people.
Funding is the key to the billionaire “hate and sedition,” Kyle Herrig, the president of Accountable.US – a nonpartisan, progressive organization that exposes corruption and holds government officials and corporate special interests accountable – told the Daily Beast.
ULINE was discontinued years ago. I now chuck all their catalogues immediately after seeing them. This fascist should not be given another dime of your hard earned money. https://t.co/WDNw3WQ2hy
— jon rosenberg🌮 (@jonrosenberg) January 20, 2022
ULINE is currently my preferred method of communication. I found this information and decided to stop buying shipping supplies or boxes from ULINE for my fire company. Thank you for this warning. #BoycottULINEhttps://t.co/beKXisNdti
— Hunter Cullen 💉💉💉 (@HunterJCullen) January 20, 2022
Twitter users, meanwhile, fired up by the revelations of Uihlein’s support of organizations and outlets that called into question the election, have accused him of being a “fascist”Supporting and assisting a “coup.”