The super PAC, With Honor, an organization that aims at increasing veteran representation in Congress, just received support from the richest man in the world (as per Forbes). Amazon CEO and owner of The Washington Post, Jeffrey P. Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie Bezos donated $10 million to the PAC, marking their first major political contribution. The Bezo family has contributed to political campaisn before, however. “Bezos’s most notable political donation prior to this cycle was in 2012, when he gave $2.5 million to the campaign to defend gay marriage in Washington state.” In addition, according to The Washington Post, Bezos, since “the 2014 election cycle, the Bezoses gave $37,600 to four federal candidates, FEC records show: Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.).”
With Honor, has not political allegiance and supports veterans form both Democratic and Republican parties. “According to With Honor, veterans represented more than half of Congress for much of the late 20th century. But the decline of veterans in Congress has far outpaced the decline in veterans in the overall U.S. population, according to the group. The Brookings Institution tallied that veteran representation in Congress is at 19 percent — a near-historic low.”
Promoting more veterans to serve the nation in Congress isn’t a bad idea. Generally speaking, veterans are taught to have the ability to work with everyone around them to accomplish a goal, and at a time of hyper division, this is greatly needed.
I’m generally not a big fan of money in politics, but when the motivation is bipartisan, I can get behind it in instances such as this. “Among the candidates the group is supporting are Democratic veterans in some of the most competitive House races this fall. But the group also is supporting Republicans in House races across the country.”
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