White House Photographer Pete Souza
Amazon tycoon Jeff Bezos is entering the Democrat fray with a $100 million donation to the Obama Foundation.
According to The Washington Free Beacon:
Faced with scorn from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos appears ready to “grease” his way into the Democratic establishment with a $100 million donation to the Obama Foundation, according to Puck News.
The donation was arranged by Amazon executive and former Obama press secretary Jay Carney. The no-strings-attached gift comes as Bezos faces growing opposition from the left. The gift is the largest ever made to the foundation, which has chosen to forgo the traditional presidential library in favor of building a privately managed presidential center.
Bezos’s donation comes at a difficult political moment for Amazon. Lawmakers from both parties fault the company for its poor treatment of workers and abuse of its market power. The company has also come under fire for banning conservative voices. This year, Amazon banned a book that criticizes transgender ideology and blocked an ad for a book that criticizes the Black Lives Matter movement.
Bezos has tasked Carney, who served as then-vice president Joe Biden’s communications director, to ingratiate Amazon with Democratic lawmakers. Under Carney’s leadership, Amazon’s lobbying team has grown from about two dozen to 250 members. Reuters reported Friday that Carney has successfully lobbied to kill privacy protections for consumers in 25 states.
Obama’s library will be the first run by a partisan non-profit. Usually, the National Archives and Records Administration runs the center. Bezos’s gift along with his ex-wife Mackenzie Scott and Bill and Melinda Gates have open criticism of it becoming a partisan slush fund. Think the Clinton Foundation.