Conservative American Republicans are sad to report a dearly departed donor. Right-wing investor and philanthropist Foster Friess passed beyond the reach of Democrat ordeals on Thursday, at the age of 81. “Foster was just larger than life. He filled up the room when he came in.” He will be sorely missed.
Republicans say farewell
It was a sad for for Republicans when they learned that political donor Foster Friess passed away. The multimillionaire was based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and renowned as “a GOP kingmaker who donated lavishly to candidates and charitable causes over four decades.”
Since the early 1980s, he wrote “almost $7 million” in checks to “hundreds of candidates,” federal campaign finance records verify. He’s best known for “supporting former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum’s presidential run in 2012.”
Santorum speaks for most Republicans when he recalls that “Foster was just larger than life. He filled up the room when he came in and when he left the room, you felt somehow impacted.” Not only did Friess pack Santorum’s war chest, he hit the campaign trail too.
The GOP knew they could rely on him in a crunch. For instance, Friess “came through with badly needed funds for television advertising” just when Santorum needed it most, “ahead of his Iowa caucuses win.”
To conservatives, Friess was more than just a man with a fat wallet. “He had an amazing gift for encouraging people, not just by giving to them but by believing in them.” For the most part, he stayed in the political shadows but in 2018 he decided to jump in directly and ran for governor of Wyoming.
Despite having enough cash to buy the election outright, “Friess finished with 25% to Mark Gordon’s 33%, prompting Friess to complain that Democrats registering as Republicans had cost him critical votes.” You could say that he remained bitter over it and had no love for RINOs. Especially because “Gordon went on to be elected governor of the GOP-dominated state.”
Over $500 million to charity
After spending his boyhood in Rice Lake, Wisconsin, Friess “got a degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin.” He didn’t become an investor until after he got out of the Army. He served as “an intelligence officer in the 1960s.”
He put his knowledge to good use when he founded Friess Associates and in 1985.” That’s when he “launched the firm’s flagship Brandywine Fund.” He also started donating to everything he held an interest in, including Republicans.
Over the course of his lifetime, Friess “donated over $500 million to charitable causes.” That’s confirmed by his Foster’s Outriders political and philanthropic organization.
Republicans were stunned by the news last September that Friess had been diagnosed with a bone marrow disease. Even though he struggled with the symptoms of myelodysplasia, he “kept in contact with reporters, weighing in on political news when asked.”
Friess was surrounded by his family in Scottsdale, Arizona, when he passed
A statement issued by Foster’s Outriders notes “Friess is survived by his wife, Lynnette, four children and 15 grandchildren.” They don’t mention it but he had a whole herd of Republicans as dependents too.