Guest List Offers a Glimpse of the Money Behind Donald Trump
They are billionaires, sports-team owners, and former ambassadors. Some are longtime party fundraisers, others are new to Republican politics, attracted by friendship or admiration for their party's nominee, Donald Trump.
The guest lists for six suites at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this week, obtained by Bloomberg News, offer a peek into the VIP access enjoyed by the party's most important financiers. Ensconced in some of the most spacious perches in the convention hall, they can mingle with elected officials like New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Florida Governor Rick Scott.
Some names were predictable, like Sheldon Adelson, the Las Vegas casino billionaire and ardent supporter of Israel who recently endorsed Trump. Others are more surprising, like Todd Ricketts, whose family spent millions of dollars bankrolling an anti-Trump campaign during the Republican primary. Ricketts, whose family owns the Chicago Cubs baseball team, attended the convention as an Illinois delegate and was invited to a suite because of his longtime support for the party, despite not having contributed to Trump, according to a person close to Ricketts who spoke on condition of anonymity. His brother, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts, has endorsed Trump and also attended the convention.
Two other prominent anti-Trump donors, Paul Singer of New York and Richard Uihlein of Wisconsin, were also represented. While Singer skipped the convention, his staffers were in town and made the guest list of a suite for convention donors, and Uihlein appeared with his wife, Liz, who is now a Trump fundraiser.