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DeVos money in the 2020 Elections: Part IV – Buying Federal Candidates

October 29, 2020

In Part I of this series, we looked at how two of the companies the DeVos family owns, Amway and RDV Corporation, have provided significant funding to candidates in the 2020 Election.

In Part II, we looked at candidates in Kent County who have received funding from then DeVos family.

In Part III, we looked at how the DeVos family members were influencing electoral outcomes through their campaign contributions at the state level.

Today, we will look at their campaign contributions at the federal level.

For this research, we use the data from the Center for Responsive Politics, also known as Opensecrets.org. You can search by zip code or by individual names. What follows is a breakdown of what each DeVos family member contributed to federal candidates during the 2019-2020 Election cycle, including the dollar amount and date. We only include the details on Maria DeVos, just so you can see an example of how many different times a DeVos family member made a campaign contribution during the current election cycle. Imagine someone making that many campaign contributions and at those amounts on a regular basis. These people do live in an entirely different world.

Maria DeVos

$5,600 3/19/2019 Mike Rounds (R)

$5,600 3/19/2019 John Moolenaar (R)

$5,600 3/20/2019 Tim Walberg (R)

$5,600 3/20/2019 David Perdue (R)

$5,600 3/21/2019 Bill Huizenga (R)

$5,600 3/22/2019 Paul Mitchell (R)

$16,000 3/23/2019 Lindsey Graham (R)

$5,600 3/26/2019 Tom Cotton (R)

$5,600 3/26/2019 Dan Sullivan (R)

$5,600 3/26/2019 Joni Ernst (R)

$2,800 3/26/2019 Steven Daines (R)

$5,600 3/26/2019 Martha McSally (R)

$5,600 3/26/2019 Thom Tillis (R)

$5,600 3/27/2019 Mitch McConnell (R)

$5,600 3/28/2019 Cyndy Hye-Smith (R)

$5,600 3/29/2019 John Cornyn (R)

$5,600 3/31/2019 Cory Gardner (R)

$5,600 6/27/2019 Bradley Byrne (R)

$5.600 6/27/2019 Bill Cassidy (R)

$5.600 6/30/2019 John James (R)

$11,200 6/30/2019 Ben Sasse (R)

$5,600 6/30/2019 Shelley Moore Capito (R)

$2,800 9/12/2019 Paul Mitchell (R)

$2,800 9/20/2019 Liz Cheney (R)

$20,000 9/30/2019 Republican Party of Michigan

$5,600 9/30/2019 John Bergman (R)

$35,000 10/1/2019 Republican National Committee

$50,000 10/2/2019 Republican National Committee

$5,600 10/30/2019 Donald Trump (R)

$14,400 12/5/2019 Republican National Committee

$5,000 12/5/2019 Majority Committee PAC

$5,600 12/5/2019 Kevin McCarthy (R)

$75,000 12/5/2019 Congressional Leadership Fund

$100,000 12/9/2019 Better Future Michigan Fund

$5,600 12/13/2019 Shane Hernandez (R)

$125,000 12/19/2019 Senate Leadership Fund

$2,800 12/19/2019 Beth Van Duyne (R)

$2,800 12/19/2019 Genevieve Collins (R)

$2,800 12/20/2019 Esther Joy King (R)

$2,800 12/21/2019 Jessica Taylor (R)

$5,600 3/9/2020 Randy Feenstra (R)

$5,000 3/30/2020 Great America Committee

$11,200 3/30/2020 Fred Upton (R)

$11.200 3/30/2020 Peter Meijer (R)

$2,800 3/31/2020 Braley Byrne (R)

$150,000 6/10/2020 Senate Leadership Fund

$50,00 6/12/2020 Congressional Leadership Fund

$200,000 6/12/2020 America First Action

$40,000 6/25/2020 Republican Party of Michigan

$71,000 6/25/2020 National Republican Senatorial Committee

$50,000 9/25/2020 Republican National Committee

$2,800 9/29/2020 Lisa McClain (R)

$5,600 9/30/2020 Paul Junge (R)

$5,600 9/30/2020 Eric Esshanki (R)

$2,800 9/30/2020 Ashley Hinson (R)

$2,800 9/30/2020 Wesley Hunt (R)

$2,800 9/30/2020 Mario iaz-Balart (R)

$2,800 10/7/2020 Tommy Tuberville (R) 

Total: $1,162,000

Richard DeVos Jr $620,600

Daniel DeVos $1,625,605

Suzanne Cheryl DeVos $1,270,100

Pamela DeVos $27,000

Doug DeVos $735,400

When we tally up all of these DeVos family member campaign contributions, we get $5,440,705 for the 2019/2020 Federal Elections. This is what power looks like. This is what money buys. It buys, influence, access, loyalty and policy that benefits their financial an ideological interests. 

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