2016 election spending:
(Source: The Center for Responsive Politics)
Once opposed to Donald Trump’s candidacy, members of the Ricketts family, which owns the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs, have in recent months provided financial support to his campaign through 45Committee, a politically active nonprofit, and Future 45, an affiliated super PAC. According to Politico, Joe Ricketts, founder of TD Ameritrade, and his wife, Marlene have given $1 million to the groups. Their son, Todd, ran 45Committee and has helped raise $30 million for both groups, in part by encouraging Republican donors who don’t want to have their names publicly associated with Trump to give to 45Committee, which, as a social welfare organization, does not have to reveal its donors. 45 Committee has also provided about half the money for Future 45, the super PAC.
involvement in federal and state elections:
In the 2016 election cycle, the 45Committee spent over $18 million against Hillary Clinton and roughly $3 million advocating for Donald Trump.