Sunday, February 21, 2016
New campaign-finance reports show that Marlene Ricketts, the wife of billionaire T.D. Ameritrade founder J. Joe Ricketts, contributed $3 million to Our Principles PAC, a super PAC that blistered Trump with negative ads, voter guides and mailers ahead of the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries. Katie Packer, who helped manage Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, runs the group. Virtually all the money the committee raised in January came from Ricketts, whose family owns the Chicago Cubs.
The Ricketts family backed Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s short-lived presidential bid. Marlene Ricketts, however, also spread smaller amounts to other contenders, giving $10,000 each last year to super PACs that backed Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former Florida governor Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Ricketts lives in Nebraska. Her son, Pete, is the state’s governor. Our Principles PAC has spent more than $3.5 million on its anti-Trump efforts so far.
The well-funded Republican super-PAC,Our Principles PAC, is intensifying its assault on GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump, preparing to hit the airwaves in New Hampshire and Iowa. By the time its anti-Trump campaign is done, Our Principles PAC will get its messages before nearly every Republican voter in both Iowa, New Hampshire and South Caroliana, founder Katie Packer said Thursday in a telephone interview with The Hill. “This is new money,” she said when asked whether this campaign should be counted within the more than $1 million of anti-Trump ads already disclosed to the Federal Election Commission by her super-PAC.
A larger but undisclosed amount is being used to run a new ad that targets Trump’s contradictory stances on immigration. Showing he supported “amnesty” before flipping to a tougher stance, the ad reinforces the group’s previous attacks on Trump’s past liberal positions through digital ads, radio and direct mail. Packer, who was deputy campaign manager for Republican nominee Mitt Romney during the 2012 presidential race, says her super-PAC has another “seven-figure” buy planned in New Hampshire. She would not disclose the super-PAC’s donors, (the Ricketts family), and said she felt compelled to establish a new group to take on Trump because the GOP establishment has been unwilling to do so.
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