How Billionaire Handed His Fortune to the Architect of the Right-Wing Takeover of the Court

In the largest known political advocacy donation in U.S. history, industrialist Barre Seid funded a new group run by Federalist Society co-chair Leonard Leo, who guided Trump’s Supreme Court picks and helped end federal abortion rights.


By Andrew Perez, The Lever, and Andy Kroll and Justin Elliott | ProPublica | August 22, 2022


An elderly, ultra-secretive Chicago businessman has given the largest known donation to a political advocacy group in U.S. history — worth $1.6 billion — and the recipient is one of the prime architects of conservatives’ efforts to reshape the American judicial system, including the Supreme Court.