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Despite Trump's earlier tweet, Marlene, Joe Ricketts donate additional $2 million to anti-Donald super PAC

Despite Trump's earlier tweet, Marlene, Joe Ricketts donate additional $2 million to anti-Donald super PAC

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Marlene Ricketts apparently isn’t scared of Donald Trump.

Ricketts, who earned the ire of the Republican presidential front-runner last month after it was revealed that the Nebraskan was a key backer of an anti-Trump super PAC, has given more money to the group.

In addition, more millionaires and billionaires have joined Ricketts in donating to Our Principles PAC, which recently aired a highly publicized television ad in Florida that featured women reciting the names Trump has called various women over the years, including “fat pig” and “dog.”

Marlene Ricketts was one of the first donors to the political action committee, giving $3 million in January. Last month, she and her husband, Joe Ricketts, each donated an additional $1 million.

Joe Ricketts is the founder of TD Ameritrade, a business that both he and his wife worked at and developed for decades. The family also owns the Chicago Cubs. Their son Pete Ricketts is governor of Nebraska.

In all, Our Principles PAC raised $4.8 million in February, including $1 million from New York hedge fund manager Paul Singer and another $1 million from Harlan Crow, a real estate developer in Texas who is also one of the founders of Club for Growth.

The super PAC has continued to raise money this month, but those contributions have not been disclosed yet.

Last month, Trump was not happy when he learned that the group, which financed anti-Trump direct mailings in Iowa, was being funded by Marlene Ricketts. He issued a veiled threat via his Twitter account, warning the family to be careful:

“I hear the Ricketts family, who own the Chicago Cubs, are secretly spending $’s against me. They better be careful, they have a lot to hide!”

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