Back in the News: Uline Faces Blowback on Capitol Riot - 2021-02-15
These are not good days for wealthy Republican donors Richard and Liz Uihlein, owners of the Wisconsin-based Uline packaging company. In November the husband and wife both contracted COVID-19. This was after Liz Uihlein called the pandemic "overhyped," lobbied legislators to overturn Gov. Tony Evers' public health restrictions and backed a petition to have Evers removed from office, as a story published by Urban Milwaukee reported.
It also came after a complaint was filed with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration that Uline had held large, unmasked "lunch and learns" in spaces that did not permit social distancing, would not allow employees to work from home, and allowed symptomatic employees to work without face coverings, as Crain's Chicago Business reported.
Now the couple's $4 million contribution to the Tea Party Patriots has come under scrutiny, given that group's connection to the January 6th U.S. Capitol riot that tried to overturn the November presidential election results and caused five deaths and injured 140 police officers. Northwestern University is reviewing its contract with the Uline company after a university alumnus called on Northwestern to take action.