SCOOP: Swiss billionaire HANSJÖRG WYSS's 501c4 fund gave $135M to the Democratic dark money group 1630 Fund from 2016-2020.

Wyss's people say the $ wasn't used for electoral activities.

But he has become a top funder of pro-Dem political infrastructure.…
I deleted a tweet referring to the Wyss group that donated to 1630 Fund as a "foundation."

It is a 501c4 group, Berger Action Fund.

Such groups are permitted to spend $ on partisan political campaigns.

Wyss's people say his 501c4 does not.

But it gives to Dem groups that do.
HANSJÖRG WYSS's team did not respond to repeated questions about whether he is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

In a 2014 speech, he said that he carried only a Swiss passport & did not have a U.S. green card.…

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