Cari Sacks is a major Democratic donor living in Chicago. She is married to Michael Sacks, a hedge fund manager. Sacks and her husband are major players in Chicago politics, supporting leading Democrats in the city with donations. They were major supporters of former Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) and were influential in his administration. 
Sacks was a major supporter of former President Barack Obama. She and her husband were major super bundlers to his campaigns.  Sacks was appointed to a position in the Obama administration.  In 2015, Sacks’s daughter was chosen to be a White House intern by President Barack Obama after she and her husband donated nearly $700,000 to the Obama Foundation. 
Early Life and Career
While in college, Cari Sacks worked with children. After graduating college Sacks worked in public relations. She then took a graduate program at Erikson Institute, which specializes in early childhood education. While in graduate school, Sacks had her first son. 
Cari and her husband Michael Sacks are major Democratic Party donors both in Illinois and nationally. In 2008, Sacks was a donor to the presidential campaigns of both then-U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) and then-U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY).
In February 2010, Sacks was appointed to the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts by President Barack Obama. 
In the 2012 presidential campaign, the Sacks raised more than $200,000 for President Barack Obama’s reelection.  They even hosted a fundraiser for the Obama campaign at their Chicago apartment. 
Over the two terms Rahm Emanuel served as Chicago mayor, Sacks and her husband gave over $2.7 million to his campaigns.  This includes a $50,000 donation that Sacks gave in 2010. Sachs also donated to Emanuel’s super PAC, Chicago Forward and she donated to his inaugural.  In 2015, Sachs donated $125,000 to Emanuel’s campaign. 
In 2020, Sacks and her husband donated $3.8 million to Democrats. 
In the nine years before Quinn became governor, the Sacks gave $157,200 to Personal PAC. In the six years Quinn was in office, the Sacks gave $833,000 to the PAC and its independent expenditure arm. 
Both the state of Illinois and federal law ban using campaign contributions to influence how governments manage their money. The laws also have a ban on using PACs as conduits to funnel the money. 
Sacks denied a media report that the contributions were used to steer contracts to her husband’s company. She said that she and her husband had contributed to Personal PAC since 1990 and that she only increased her contributions after the Citizens United Supreme Court decision.