Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen donated $100,000 to help GOP keep the US House
Reports state that Allen donated the huge amount to a joint fundraising committee, called Protect the House, which shared the funds with multiple GOP candidates
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen reportedly donated $100,000 to a political fundraising group, in an effort to ensure the Republicans remain in control of the House of Representatives, his financial disclosures have revealed. The disclosures were filed earlier this year with the Federal Election Commission (FEC).
According to reports, Allen donated the huge amount to a joint fundraising committee, called Protect the House, which shared the funds with multiple GOP candidates and a political action committee. Out of the $100,000 Allen donated, nearly $33,900 was given to the National Republican Campaign Committee, $5,000 was shared with a PAC started by Vice President Mike Pence, and almost a dozen congressional Republicans received $2,600, according to The Seattle Times. The news outlet was the first organization to report the donation made on June 14.
According to Forbes, Allen, owner of the Seattle Seahawks and the Portland Trail Blazers, is worth nearly $21.7 billion and has made frequent donations to both Republican and Democratic candidates over the years.
The Center for Responsive Politics states that the Microsoft co-founder donated over $216,000 this election cycle and nearly 78 percent of his contributions have gone to Republican-associated efforts.
Allen's spokesperson, John Pinette, while talking to The Times in a statement, said: "Paul Allen has supported both Republicans and Democrats over the years, and he will continue to support candidates on both sides of the aisle." The spokesperson added that Allen has made donations to 21 Congressional Democrats.
It seems ironical that the billionaire, who was honored at an 'environment and sustainability gala' last year, has been delivering significant donations to a major climate-science-denying party, whose leader withdrew from the historic Paris Climate deal.
The fundraising committee, Protect the House, which is headed by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has reportedly raised over $13.7 million this election cycle. The committee has also garnered multiple notable donors in recent months this year, including Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, and owner of the Houston Texans, Robert McNair. Musk had reportedly donated $38,900 to the group earlier this year.