Inside Barre Seid's History of Funding Right-Wing Causes - 2022-09-06
Emails and interviews reveal privacy-obsessed electronics magnate Barre Seid's long history of backing efforts to attack climate science, fight Medicaid expansion, and remake the higher education system in a conservative mold.
In the mid-2000s, Barre Seid had begun thinking about how to leave a legacy. Riding the personal computer boom, the Chicago-based electronics magnate was on his way to becoming a billionaire. Seid, who considers himself a libertarian, now had the means to pursue a bold project: "attack philanthropy."
To Seid, that meant looking for ways to place financial bets that had the potential to make epochal change. With little public notice, Seid became one of the most important donors to conservative causes during an era that saw American politics and society shift sharply to the right.