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Roy Moore Super PAC Financier Has Illinois Connections: Report

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    Roy Moore Super PAC Financier Has Illinois Connections: Report
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    In this Nov. 16, 2017, file photo, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Roy Moore waits to speak during a news conference with supporters and faith leaders in Birmingham, Alabama. Moore refused to answer questions regarding sexual harassment allegations and pursuing relationships with underage women.

    He's been a mega donor for Republican candidates for years.

    Now, the Daily Beast reports businessman Dick Uihlein -- with homes in Illinois and Wisconsin -- is the chief financial supporter for Roy Moore's GOP Alabama Senate race.

    Uihlein has donated $100,000 -- making him the top donor -- to the Proven Conservatives PAC, according to the Daily Beast since September. The PAC is hosting new ads for Moore's campaign in the midst of sexual assault and harassment allegations.

    Uihlein is a strong supporter of President Donald Trump, with he and his wife having donated $24 million to Republican politicians and super PACs in 2016. Originally Uihlein supported Sen. Ted Cruz's presidential campaign.

    He's also donated in the past to State Rep. Jeanne Ives previous campaign. Ives is now hoping to face Gov. Bruce Rauner in the Illinois GOP Primary.

    The 72-year-old Uihlein is a shipping and office supply billionaire, having moved his company's headquarters from Waukegan to Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin in 2010 in exchange for nearly $19 million in tax incentives.

    Calls to Uihlein for comment have not been returned.

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