Tech Titans On Pentagon Advisory Board Have Given Millions To Liberal, Anti-Trump Groups

  • The former CEO of Google and co-founder of LinkedIn, both members of a Pentagon advisory board, have contributed nearly $10 million to a slew of liberal political committees, including many opposed to President Trump. 
  • Eric Schmidt, who chairs the Defense Innovation Board, recently gave $750,000 to a liberal PAC that published an ad suggesting Trump supporters are white nationalists and Vladimir Putin enthusiasts. 
  • Reid Hoffman, a member of the Pentagon board, has been involved in several controversial political projects, including one that used fake social media personas targeting the Republican candidate in an Alabama Senate election. 
  • J.D. Gordon, a former Pentagon spokesman and national security adviser on the Trump campaign, called Schmidt and Hoffman’s positions “nothing short of horrendous.”

Two tech titans who sit on the board of the Defense Innovation Board, an advisory group to the Pentagon, have contributed nearly $10 million this election cycle to liberal political groups, many of which oppose President Donald Trump, according to records filed with the Federal Election Commission.

One of those liberal megadonors, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, gave $750,000 last month to a political action committee founded by Obama campaign veterans that published an ad suggesting that Trump’s core base is made up of white nationalists and supporters of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The other, LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, has been involved in several controversial political projects, including a campaign using fake social media personas to draw voters away from a Republican Senate candidate in a special election in Alabama in 2017.

The tech billionaires’ positions on the board raise questions about why two openly anti-Trump and anti-Republicans are on the board of a Pentagon advisory group during the Trump administration.

“Knowing that individuals who openly despise and undermine President Trump serve on those boards while only two of 15 people on our campaign’s national security advisory committee landed positions in the administration is nothing short of horrendous,” J.D. Gordon, who served as the Trump campaign’s national security adviser, told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

Gordon, who served as Pentagon spokesman for four years during the George W. Bush administration, said that advisory boards like DIB typically have little influence at the Pentagon. Nonetheless, he said, “membership was extremely valuable for career advancement, financial opportunities and other benefits.”

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