Secret money to boost Trump - 2016-09-28
MELBOURNE, Fla. — One of the top funders of the #NeverTrump movement is now using his name and connections to raise big money to help elect Donald Trump, but he's telling fellow mega-donors that they can write huge checks without having their names disclosed.
Todd Ricketts, whose family owns the Chicago Cubs, has raised $30 million for a pair of pro-Trump groups and has discussed a $70 million goal before Election Day, according to three Republican fundraisers familiar with the effort.
They and others in GOP finance circles say Ricketts is making a particular effort to win over donors who want to help Trump but are leery of having their names publicly associated with the polarizing Republican nominee. Ricketts' pitch to these donors focuses on the fact that one of the pro-Trump groups he's fronting can accept unlimited checks while keeping its donors' names secret.