Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO donates $10,000 to anti-LGBT Republican


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.


U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) speaks during the first day of Judge Neil Gorsuch's Supreme Court confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill March 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. Gorsuch was nominated by President Donald Trump to fill the vacancy left on the court by the February 2016 death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)


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.

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos delivers remarks during an event announcing commitments from more than 50 companies that have pledged to hire and train veterans and military spouses in the State Dining Room at the White House May 5, 2016 in Washington, DC. On the fifth anniversary of first lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden's military hiring initiative Joining Forces, Bezos announced a commitment by his company to hire 25,000 more military veterans in the next five years. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)



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.