WHO THE HELL IS ULINE?
If you’ve received a box in the mail recently, you’ve likely touched ULINE. As North America's largest distributor of shipping, packaging and industrial supplies, ULINE is an omnipresent supplier in today’s shipping-fueled economy. ULINE was founded in 1980 by Elizabeth and Richard Uihlein—heirs to the Schlitz beer company fortune. ULINE has grown to offer close to 40,000 products and has more than 7,000 employees—seems like a true midwestern success story, right?
OK SO WHY SHOULD I “REFUSE ULINE?”
The Uihleins are ranked by the donation-tracking site OpenSecrets.org as the fifth-largest donors in the United States to outside political spending organizations, having contributed a whopping $62.8 million to conservative groups in the 2020 election cycle.
- They gave millions to one of the groups that stormed the US Capitol on Jan 6 2021.
- They were the largest Trump donors in Wisconsin, and Mrs. Uhlein took a fundraising role with the Trump campaign.
BUT THAT’S THEIR PRIVATE BUSINESS, RIGHT?
Nope. It goes beyond private ideology and donations—in each ULINE catalog Liz Uihlein brings her conservative politics directly to her customer base with a “letter from the president” where she broadcasts her ultra-conservative views openly to millions of ULINE customers.
SHOPPING ULINE IS DIRECTLY SUPPORTING EXTREME RIGHT-WING POLITICS.
Despite their politics, millions of small businesses, non-profits and artists still use ULINE completely unaware of what their dollars are supporting. This needs to end now—REFUSE to use ULINE.