Barry MacLean is President and CEO of MacLean-Fogg Company, a privately held manufacturing company that produces goods for automotive, truck, electric power, and telecommunications corporations. MacLean-Fogg has annual sales of approximately $900 million. MacLean is also a member of the advisory board at Nicolet Capital Investors, LLC and mayor of Mettawa, Illinois.
MacLean is a regular contributor to Republican candidates and political committees, reporting more than $200,000 in political contributions to Republicans in the 2014 election cycle alone. He has made at least one undisclosed contribution to Wisconsin Club for Growth, a group that is at the center of a long-running criminal investigation into potentially illegal campaign coordination with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. See Political Activity for more information.
While MacLean's net worth is not publicly available, he has donated millions of dollars to Dartmouth University and to the University of Chicago, and is a collector of art and antiquities.
Disclosed Federal Contributions
- $64,800: National Republican Congressional Committee
- $50,000: 18th District Republican Central Committee
- $27,600: Mark Kirk (R-IL)
- $25,000: GOP Generation Y Fund (R)
- $22,300: Bob Dold (R-IL)
- $10,000: Republican National Committee
- $10,000: New Prosperity Foundation
- $9,000: Adam Kinzinger (R-IL)
- $7,900: Judy Biggert (R)
- $7,800: Mike Bost (R-IL)
- $7,700: Bobby Schilling (R)
- $7,700: Aaron Schock (R)
- $7,700: Rodney Davis (R-IL)
- $5,000: National Republican Senatorial Committee (R)
- $5,000: Mitt Romney (R)
- $4,900: Don Manzullo (R)
- $3,600: Thom Tillis (R-NC)
- $3,000: John Porter (R)
- $2,600: Terri Lynn Land (R)
- $2,600: Peter Roskam (R-IL)
- $2,600: Bert Miller (R)
- $2,500: Doug Truax (R)
- $2,500: Shane Osborn (R)
- $2,400: Ron Johnson (R-WI)
- $2,400: Elizabeth Coulson (R)
- $2,000: David Mcsweeney (R)
- $2,000: John Spratt (R)
- $2,000: Lynn Martin (R)
- $1,000: Illinois Republican State Central Committee (R)
- $1,000: Mark Sanford (R-SC)
- $1,000: Loleta Didrickson (R)
- $1,000: Robert Krustra (R)
- $30,800: Republican National Committee
- $25,800: National Republican Congressional Committee
- $20,000: 18th District Republican Central Committee
- $10,000: Republican Party of Illinois
- $10,000: GOP Generation Y Fund (R)
- $10,000: Mitt Romney (R)
- $9,800: Judy Biggert (R)
- $9,500: Bob Dold (R-IL)
- $7,600: Aaron Schock (R)
- $5,000: Bobby Schilling (R)
- $5,000: Freedom Project (R)
- $5,000: Rodney Davis (R-IL)
- $5,000: Don Manzullo (R)
- $5,000: John Boehner (R-OH)
- $4,175: Republican Party of Idaho
- $4,175: Republican State Committee of Massachusetts
- $4,175: Oklahoma Leadership Council (R)
- $4,175: Vermont Republican Federal Elections Committee
- $3,900: Adam Kinzinger (R-IL)
- $2,500: Richard Mourdock (R)
- $2,500: Bob Corker (R-TN)
- $1,000: Timothy Johnson (R)
Ties to Scott Walker and Dark Money Groups Under Investigation
In addition to a $5,000 contribution he reported making to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's recall campaign in February 2012, MacLean made an undisclosed contribution of $100,000 in May 2012 to Wisconsin Club for Growth (WiCFG), a Wisconsin-based organization that spent at least $9.1 million during the recall elections, and funneled at least $10 million more to other politically-active groups like Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, while reporting that it spent $0 on politics to the IRS. The contribution only became public in August 2014, when documents related to a "John Doe" investigation into potentially illegal campaign coordination between Walker's campaign, WiCFG, WMC, and possibly other groups were briefly unsealed. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the documents suggest that Walker was advised to personally solicit funds from wealthy donors for WiCFG:
- "The records include example after example of Walker or his aides encouraging donors to give money to the Wisconsin Club for Growth.
- "In September 2011, Doner sent an email to Walker and others with brainstorming ideas for raising money for the Wisconsin Club for Growth. Among them: "Take Koch's money," "Get on a plane to Vegas and sit down with Sheldon Adelson," and "Go heavy after (corporations) to give."
- "The documents also show the club received large checks from donors soon after Walker was advised to solicit funds from them for the group. Those included $250,00 from hedge fund CEO Paul Singer, $100,000 from manufacturer Maclean-Fogg Co., $50,000 donation from Atlanticus Holdings CEO David Hanna's trust, $50,000 from hedge fund chairman Bruce Kovner, $50,000 from natural gas and oil producer Devon Energy, $15,000 from Home Depot co-founder Ken Langone and $15,000 from Trump." (emphasis added).
Case documents filed by the prosecutors include the following supporting exhibits related to MacLean:
- "[Id. at ¶¶ 52, 56; Exhibits 44, 47] A March 10, 2012, itinerary that indicates Scott Walker met with Barry Maclean, the CEO of the Maclean-Fogg Company. On May 17, 2012, the WiCFG bank account reflects a deposit of $100,000 from the Maclean-Fogg Company."
The MacLeans continued to make contributions to Walker after the recall, reporting a total of $25,000 in contributions to Walker between 2012 and 2014.
For more information, see the pages Scott Walker, Wisconsin Club for Growth, Scott Walker John Doe Documents, and The Campaign to Legalize Coordination in Wisconsin and Nationwide.
As of May 2015:
- President and CEO, MacLean-Fogg Company
- Member of the Advisory Board, Nicolet Capital Investors, LLC
- Director, Carrier Commercial Refrigeration, Inc.
- Director, Oce-U.S.A., Inc.
- Director, L.R. Nelson Corp.
- Director, Illinois Manufacturers Association
- Board member, The Museum of Science and Industry
- Board member, The University of Chicago Hospitals
- Chairman, The Art Institute of Chicago
- Board member, Newberry Library
- Mayor, Mettawa
- Trustee, Dartmouth College
- Chairman, Illinois Manufacturers Association
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- Patrick Marley, Daniel Bice, and Lee Bergquist, "Walker wanted funds funneled to Wisconsin Club for Growth," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, August 22, 2014.