“While Omidyar has made donations to various Democratic candidates and party organizations over the years, this is believed to be his first contribution to a super PAC,” the center reported. “Such organizations were made possible by the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.”
Super PACs can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money, including from corporations and unions, to campaign independently for or against candidates for federal office.
He also is an active user of Twitter, where he has been making clear his negative views of Trump. As the report explains, Omidyar has tweeted that Trump is “terrifying,” a “bigot,” “thin-skinned” and a “scaredy-cat” with “no spine.”
“Trump is a dangerous authoritarian demagogue,” Omidyar tweeted.
In his Twitter feed Friday, Omidyar acknowledged his donation to NeverTrump PAC, calling it “a rare political contribution during extreme times.”
He said he donated to the PAC because it is making a difference and that he supports “this group of principled Republicans.”
Omidyar, through spokesperson Sarah Steven, declined an interview request. Steven told Civil Beat, “Pierre donated to #NeverTrump because he wanted to support the courage of a small group of people, who are standing up to the demagoguery and dangerous rhetoric currently happening in the presidential election.”
Pierre Omidyar in Civil Beat’s offices in 2015.
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Steven added, “Pierre has, for many years, supported a variety of efforts and teams dedicated to strengthening our democracy, including a focus on: civic engagement, access to information, and protecting our critical rights afforded via the First Amendment.”
As Civil Beat has reported, state campaign finance records show Omidyar’s wife, Pam, donated thousands of dollars to several candidates from 2007 to 2009. They included former Gov. Neil Abercrombie and former Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz, but she has not contributed since.
State records do not show Pierre Omidyar contributing to Hawaii candidates.