'Republican' PAC That Attacks GOP Bankrolled by Liberal Billionaires

Two of three donors to Republican Women for Progress PAC are male

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December 16, 2018

A prominent 'Republican' women's political action committee that regularly receives national media attention for its criticisms of President Donald Trump and the GOP is bankrolled by three liberal billionaire donors and activists, Federal Election Commission filings show.

Republican Women for Progress, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, was founded by Jennifer Lim and Meghan Milloy, both former employees of Republican organizations. The duo also previously founded Republican Women for Hillary and spoke at the Democratic National Convention in the past.

The Republican Women for Progress PAC was established on Sept. 13 to back their work during the midterm elections, which included throwing more than $800,000 into independent expenditures supporting Democratic candidates in New Jersey, Kentucky, Michigan, and California. The group also came out in opposition of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation.

The only donor to the women's PAC following its launch was Reid Hoffman, the co-founder of LinkedIn, who cut a $400,000 check to the PAC.

When previously asked for comment on the GOP women's PAC being funded solely by a male Democratic donor, Lim told the Washington Free Beacon that they were pleased to have the support of donors across the political spectrum.

"In terms of the Reid Hoffman donation, even a male tech billionaire and major Democratic donor recognizes the important role women should play in the Republican party," Lim said. "We are pleased to have the support of donors across the ideological spectrum to ensure the voice of republican women is heard across the country."

Despite Lim's claim that they were supported by donors across the political spectrum, the PAC does not show any Republican contributors after Hoffman's initial donation.

The PAC pulled in an additional $200,000 from Kathryn Murdoch, the progressive activist daughter-in-law of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, and $400,000 from Daniel Tierney, the president of Wicklow Capital, a Chicago-based investment firm, filings show.

Both Murdoch and Tierney are major donors to Democratic campaigns and PACs.

The Republican Women for Progress PAC did not respond to an inquiry on all three of its contributors now being major Democratic donors.

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