Now that Scientology mega-donor Trish Duggan is famous, will the ditched-kid story blow up? - 2020-09-23
Politico had a tremendous scoop yesterday, as reporter Matt Dixon revealed that one of the country's biggest financial supporters of the Trump re-election effort is none other than the wealthiest Scientologist in the world, Florida's Trish Duggan.
Our readers have certainly heard a lot about Trish and her ex, Bob Duggan, over the years. The wealthy couple rewrote the record books when it comes to donating to the church, forcing Scientology leader David Miscavige to come up with ever greater honorifics and bigger trophies to bestow on them for their largesse. At last count, Trish had reached the status "Patron of Legend," and the Duggans may be nearing half a billion in giving to the church through various initiatives.
We detailed, for example, how in one transaction, they had set aside about $60 million in Abbvie stock, a pharmaceutical giant that had bought up Bob's company Pharmacyclics. The deal had netted Bob about $2.5 billion, but we noted that just as Bob and Trish were splitting up, they set aside the Abbvie stock in a foundation so that it could reliably deliver about $3 million a year in interest that would go to Scientology or its front groups, according to the Foundation's own documentation.