Outside political groups are spending millions of dollars for and against President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney or other Democratic or Republican candidates and causes. Here's a listing of major Illinois donors to outside spending groups, according to an analysis by OpenSecrets.com as of Oct. 1. This includes SuperPacs and Independent Expenditure groups.
I included Joe Ricketts because his family owns the Chicago Cubs. The family is divided politically; the senior Ricketts is boosting Romney; his daughter, Laura, is a major Obama backer. Muneer Satter is also the Illinois Finance Director for the Romney campaign and departed from Goldman Sachs earlier this year.
The number is where the individual stands in the OpenSecrets ranking of top mega-donors. The L or C stands for where the donor gives, liberal or conservative groups.
Top Individuals Funding Outside Spending Groups
7 Eychaner, Fred
Chicago, IL Newsweb Corp
21 Griffin, Kenneth C. & Anne Dias
Chicago, IL Citadel Invest Group/Aragon Global Mgt
26 Ricketts, John Joe
Omaha, NE Hugo Enterprises
34 Uihlein, Richard
Lake Forest, IL Uline Inc
36 Hayden, Jerry L. & Marilyn J.
Barrington, IL Retired
77 Satter, Muneer
Winnetka, IL Goldman Sachs
82 Duchossois, Janet J.
Oak Brook, IL Duchossois Group