Marlene Ricketts claims Trump is dangerous and would destroy the Republican party. J. Joe & Marlene Ricketts are former Democrats, then Republicans, now registered as Independents. Son Pete is Nebraska Governor.
[pullquote align=”left” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Related: The Ricketts family also founded another super PAC, “Ending Spending,” which is well known for… spending millions of dollars to influence political campaigns since 2010. [/pullquote]
USA TODAY | by Fredreka Schouten
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 Ricketts, is the state’s governor.
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