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Donald Friese on the floor of the C.R. Laurence manufacturing facility in Vernon, California in 2015. Copyright © 2015 Ethan Pines. A little-known California billionaire named Donald Friese made a $1 million donation to a “dark money” group supporting Donald Trump. The contribution, which has not been previously reported, came in January from Friese and his wife Andrea, according to emails from Friese’s bankers and a representative of the tycoon. The funds flowed into a political group called America First Policies, a 501(c)4 nonprofit. Such organizations can raise unlimited sums from donors and do not have to disclose their names. They are expected to spend the majority of their money on ... Full story

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