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President Joe Biden made the comments Thursday about vaccine mandates for businesses at an Illinois construction site run by a company whose CEO has donated millions to Democratic campaigns.

Biden spoke in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, a site affiliated with Kleko, whose CEO Robert Clarke gave $1.6 million to Democratic campaigns in 2020, according to the Federal Election Commission. Record. At least $116,000 of those donations were to Biden’s presidential campaign.


The Biden campaign listed Clark as someone who “raised at least $100,000 for our campaign and associated joint fundraising committees.”

kleco associate Donation $387,037 for Democratic campaigns in 2020.

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Kleco is a private “full-service, turnkey real estate, architecture, engineering, design-build and construction firm” according to him. Website. It was founded in 1984, has 2,600 employees, and generated over $3.3 billion in revenue in 2020.

Neither Clark nor Kleko responded to a request for comment at the time of publication. The White House also did not respond.

Before his speech at the Kleko construction site, Biden was introduced by Democratic Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker and Democratic Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, before pushing for more businesses to mandate vaccines.

“These requirements work,” he said. “And as Business Roundtable and others told me when I first announced the requirement, it encouraged businesses to feel like they could come in and demand the same thing from their employees.Read More People are getting vaccinated. More lives are being saved.”