November 01, 2012 at 10:05 am
Naples resident Grace Evenstad doesn’t hide her political ties. She’s given generously to the Republican party — more than $90,000 to the national committee and its candidates in recent months — with modest $5,000 donations to both Michele Bachmann’s and Mitt Romney’s presidential runs.
But if Romney wins in November, Evenstad would have made a larger contribution to the victory than most supporters.
The 68-year-old, who along with her husband Ken owns an Oregon winery and is deeply involved with the Naples Wine Festival, has also given $750,000 to a couple of “super PACs.” The Tampa Bay Times reported that Evanstad is one of 10 Floridans who have given more than $500,000 to one of these new wave political organizations who support candidates with attack campaigns against their opponents.
Evenstad has given $250,000 to American Crossroads and $500,000 to Restore Our Future, which spent $30 million on TV ads in August attacking Obama’s fiscal record. Restore Our Future is also responsible for attack ads against Newt Gingrich during the primaries.
Those super PAC donations far surpass the $5,000 — the personal limit allowed by law — Evenstad officially gave to Romney’s campaign in February.
Evenstad isn’t a stranger to political donations. This year she has made an array of contributions including $10,000 to each of the Idaho, Massachusetts, Oklahoma and Vermont election committees. She made three separate $30,800 donations to the Republican National Committee in April and July.
–Naples Daily News