MUST-READ: As Primary Escalates Frank LaRose Gets “Financial Lifeline” From Illinois Billionaire Richard Uihlein
December 20, 2023
Columbus, OH – According to a must-read report from Cleveland.com, Frank LaRose received a “financial lifeline” through a $3 million donation from billionaire Richard Uihlein – who also funded LaRose’s August amendment to silence Ohioans.
Cleveland.com: Frank LaRose needs money for his Senate race. A GOP megadonor just gave him a financial lifeline.
December 20, 2023
- A Republican megadonor who helped bankroll the unsuccessful attempt in August to foil Ohio’s abortion-rights amendment has made a seven-figure contribution to a political group supporting Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s run for U.S. Senate, a development that could provide LaRose’s cash-strapped campaign with a financial lifeline.
- Richard Uihlein of Illinois has given $3 million to the Leadership for Ohio Fund, a Super PAC founded by LaRose’s political allies ahead of his Senate run, cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer has learned.
- The contribution will help LaRose address a major shortcoming — his lack of fundraising. LaRose’s campaign in September reported having $868,000 in its bank account, widely viewed as a weak number, even while including a $250,000 personal loan from LaRose.
- LaRose’s financial issues are especially significant because Dolan and Moreno each are independently wealthy and capable of drawing from their personal fortunes to self-fund heir own campaigns. Both have launched statewide TV ad campaigns, which LaRose has yet to be able to match. The $3 million contribution will allow LaRose to run roughly two weeks of statewide TV ads.
- The money also comes the day after ex-President Donald Trump endorsed Moreno, another major problem for LaRose, who conspicuously aimed to get Trump’s endorsement or at least keep him neutral in the race.
- Uihlein, the founder of a shipping supplies company, got involved in Ohio politics earlier this year when he spent millions supporting failed August ballot issue, championed by LaRose, that would have have made it harder to change the Ohio constitution by requiring future amendments to get 60% in a statewide vote.