Jeff Bezos Gives $10 Million to Help Elect Veterans to Congress

06 Septembre, 2018, 19:37 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • Jeff Bezos and his wife Mac Kenzie Bezos in Beverly Hills Calif in March. The couple has given $10 million gift to a super PAC focused on electing veterans to public office

The Wall Street Journal reported that he has donated $31,000 to Democrats since 2007, and $21,600 to Republicans in the same time frame.

Founded previous year, With Honor is a political organization that backs veterans of both parties who are running for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. Members are expected to abide by a pledge to put principles before politics, by demonstrating integrity, civility and courage.

Maybe Bezos figures $10 million for vets is enough to get opponents off his back. FEC filings show that Howard Schultz contributed $50,000 in March.

With Honor Fund is a "cross-partisan" organization working to alleviate the "significant obstacles" faced by the more than 200 veterans running for Congress in 2018, according to its website.

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A Bezos spokesman confirmed the contribution and said the Amazon chief executive and his wife, MacKenzie, declined to comment.

Bezos has been raising his political profile in recent years. But in 2012 he made a $2.5 million donation to help uphold the state of Washington's same-sex marriage law.

Trump frequently attacks Bezos on Twitter, accusing Amazon of not paying enough taxes, underpaying the Postal Service for deliveries, and bashing Jeff's ownership of The Washington Post. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen made a $100,000 donation to the Republicans' Protect the House political action committee, his largest-ever to congressional candidates.

But unlike with Adelson and Steyer, the Bezos contribution isn't to a partisan political organization.

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