Fred Eychaner, Chicago, IL
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$233,000 to winners, $1,168,500 to losers
Fred Eychaner is a media executive whose Chicago-based company, Newsweb Corp., has controlled several radio stations, print publications and TV stations. Newsweb started as a printing company in the 1970s, printing publications such as the Chicago Reader. The company sold WPWR-TV, a Gary, Ind., station, to Rupert Murdoch’s Fox Television Stations group in 2003, which is a large source of Eychaner’s wealth. He has been active in politics, as well as a major donor to several charitable causes in the Chicago area. He is the largest private donor to the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. He contributes to Democratic campaigns nationwide, including at least $500,000 to a super political action committee supporting President Barack Obama’s re-election.
Total contributions: $1,452,500
List of contributions
Source: Contribution data from National Institute on Money in State Politics
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