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Business owner Robert Cummins quietly donates millions to Minnesota conservative causes

Robert Cummins, the president of Primera Technology in Plymouth, quietly funnels millions of dollars to conservative causes in Minnesota, reports MPR.

Over the past 15 years, the story says, Cummins and his family have donated $3.3 million to conservative causes, working behind the scenes so that few, outside Republican insiders, know much about the contributions.

Says the story:

While he’s given hundreds of thousands of dollars to organizations advancing a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, he’s also launched political careers. And the Freedom Club — a group he founded that gives exclusively to conservative candidates — is credited with helping fund Republican victories in 2010.

The Freedom Club is credited with launching Michele Bachmann’s political career.

Cummins wouldn’t talk with reporter Catharine Richert, but her interviews with those who know him and work with him indicated that he’s “kind, understated, deeply committed to fiscal conservatism, Catholic to the core, highly intelligent, and extremely private.”

And in 2001 Cummins donated “most of the $20 million needed” to found Providence Academy, a K-12 Catholic school in Plymouth. And he remains the school’s board chair.

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