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Richard DeVos

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Richard DeVos, Sr. co-founded Amway Corp. and is owner of the Orlando Magic, NBA franchise. DeVos and wife Helen run the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation, a conservative foundation and grant making body formed in 1970. He served as the finance chairman of the Republican National Committee. [1] According to Forbes, he is the 60th richest person in the U.S. with US$5 billion in 2012. [1]

Money to conservative causes

He has been associated with various Christian and conservative organizatons, such as the Council for National Policy, the Free Congress Foundation, and the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy. His grantmaking to foundations reflects these conservative Christian affiliations. [2]

According to FEC records, Richard DeVos gave $2 million to the conservative Progress for America Voter Fund. [3]

Between 1999 and 2001 the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation donated $12,159,101 to conservative groups such as Focus on the Family, the State Policy Network, and the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. [4]

Campaign Contributions

DeVos and wife Helen donated the maximum $2,500 to Newt Gingrich's bid for the 2012 GOP Presidential nomination. They also donated $5,500 to his American Solutions PAC. [5]

Devos is the only ''Forbes'' 400 member to contribute to Rick Santorum's bid for office. He donated the maximum $2,500 in July. [6]

Recognition

DeVos was acknowledged at the privately held Koch seminar in June 2011 in Vail, Colorado for donating at least $1 million to Koch-related causes. [7]

In 1993, ALEC gave its "Adam Smith Free Enterprise Award" to billionaire Richard DeVos, a leading proponent and financier of school privatization efforts. [8]

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Family Ties

Richard DeVos's son Dick DeVos was an unsuccessful GOP candidate for Michigan Governor in 2006. Dick is now president of Amway. He is married to Betsy DeVos, the daughter of Elsa Prince Broekhuizen who contributed $450,000 toward the 2008 effort to ban same-sex marriages in California. Betsy is the sister of Erik Prince who is the founder of private military corporation Blackwater USA. [9] [10] [11]

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References

  1. Richest People in America, Forbes, accessed January 18, 2012
  2. Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation, Media Transparency, accessed April 2008.
  3. Progress For America Voter Fund, CampaignMoney.com, accessed April 2008.
  4. Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation, Media Transparency, accessed January 18, 2012
  5. Clare O'Connor The GOP's Big Money Backers, Forbes, January 16, 2012
  6. Clare O'Connor The GOP's Big Money Backers, Forbes, January 16, 2012
  7. Gavin Aronsen, Exclusive: The Koch Brothers' Million-Dollar Donor Club, Mother Jones, September 6, 2011
  8. Mary Bottari ALEC Bills in Wisconsin, PR Watch, July 14, 2011
  9. Richard DeVos, NNDB, accessed April 2008.
  10. "Q&A: Blackwater's founder on the record", The Virginian Pilot, July 24, 2006.
  11. Laurie Bennett The Ultra Rich Ultra Conservative Devos Family, Forbes, December 26, 2011

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