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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has donated the maximum amount to Senator Cory Gardner, a Republican who has opposed equal marriage, same-sex adoption and anti-LGBT discrimination laws.
Amazon’s founder, who last year accepted Human Rights Campaign (HRC)’s National Equality Award while saying that “equality is a core value,” gave over $10,000 to Colorado Senator Cory Gardner, according to Pink News.
Gardner, who, as chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, is one of the most powerful people in his party, has previously voted to stop same-sex couples in Colorado from adopting children.
He also moved to block a bill which prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, and while he was in the US House of Representatives, repeatedly spoke out and voted against same-sex marriage.
Jeff Bezos’s donation, which was reportedly made in September, comes just weeks after Amazon opened a centre in Colorado which employs 900 staff. He was joined in contributing to Gardner’s campaign—which is for the 2020 election, not next week’s midterms—by Amazon’s chief financial officer Brian Olsavsky, worldwide consumer CEO Jeffrey Wilkie and senior vice presidents David Clark and Doug Herrington, as well as a number of other less senior employees.
In his speech delivered to HRC last year, which he made after he and his wife pledged $2.5 million to the fight for equal marriage in Washington State in 2012, Bezos said that when it came to inequality, “we have to expose it, understand it, question it and fix it. And we… we are fixing it.”
He added: “It’s up to every one of us to keep making progress together.”
Pink News reported that they have contacted the HRC for a comment related to this controversy.
Jeff Bezos’s donation to Gardner, a member of the Republican Party—which has repeatedly targeted transgender people while controlling Congress and the presidency—comes just months after Amazon UK released a set of guidelines encouraging employees to support their trans colleagues.
The guidelines and associated toolkit teach workers about the use of appropriate pronouns for trans staff, as well as confirming that trans people are allowed to use the bathrooms and uniforms that match their gender identity.
LADY GAGA AND BRADLEY COOPER RELEASE VIDEO FOR ‘I’LL NEVER LOVE AGAIN’
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper release the official video for A Star Is Born’s “I’ll Never Love Again”
The official motion picture soundtrack to Warner Bros. Pictures, Live Nation Productions and Metro Goldwyn Pictures’ A Star Is Bornhas debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 with over 231,000 in equivalent album consumption units. Released via Interscope Records, the album makes this Lady Gaga’s fifth consecutive #1 album and puts her in the lead for the most #1 albums by a female artist this decade.
The soundtrack to A Star Is Born is available at all digital retailers HERE.