DeVos family members donate to Republican in Ga. special election

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Members of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s family donated to Republican Karen Handel ahead of Tuesday’s special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District.

A total of $27,000 in contributions came from several family members, including DeVos’s mother, Helen; the Education secretary’s husband, Richard; brothers-in-law Daniel and Doug; and Doug’s wife, Maria, according to Federal Election Commission reports. 

Handel is facing off against Democrat Jon Osoff in the most expensive House race in U.S. history, with nearly $40 million total spent on advertising so far.

{mosads}Osoff topped all-time fundraising records, and raised an additional $15 million in the last two months of the campaign to replace Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price (R).

Polls show Osoff with a slight lead in the heated contest for the district, which is seen by many as a way to send a message to President Trump and the GOP ahead of the upcoming midterm elections.

Doug DeVos is the president of Amway, the company co-founded by his father, Richard M. DeVos Sr.

The DeVos family has a long history of political involvement, which Democrats raised concerns about when Trump nominated his Education secretary.

During her confirmation hearing, Betsy DeVos said it was “likely” that her family has donated more than $200 million to the GOP. 


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