The company has a history of being politically generous to Democrats. It is located in Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood, which is home to powerful Chicago Democrats, city police and firemen that don't want to raise their families downtown and prefer a more suburban setting, still within Chicago's borders.
The Sun-Times found that Acme, founded 40 years ago, the company has contributed nearly $200,000 to Illinois political campaigns since 1999, including $6,500 to Mayor Rahm Emanuel and a $5,000 contribution to Gov. Pat Quinn on June 26.
Brett Baron, a principal in Acme and son of President Larry Baron, also donated $15,000 to President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign.
But by far the biggest recipient of Acme contributions has been the 25th Ward Regular Democratic Organization, led by Ald. Danny Solis, which has reported accepting a total of $32,500 from the company.
No arrests were made and no charges have been filed against the company or its owners. Acme owner Baron is reportedly part owner of a shredding company looking to expand in the area.