Some of Hollywood's biggest hitters, including Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston, Dreamworks co-founder, and Jeffery Katzenberg, CEO of Quibi, are among the top donors to the Lincoln Project, the anti-Trump super-PAC whose co-founder is accused of being inappropriate Having sent messages to young men.
John Weaver, co-founder of the anti-Trump group, faces allegations by up to 21 young men claiming that Weaver sent them sexually explicit messages and allegedly advised some prosecutors in exchange for sexual favors.
Among the prosecutors is a young man who says he was 14 years old when Weaver sent him inappropriate messages.
21 men told me that John Weaver, co-founder of the Lincoln Project, had sent them inappropriate messages, including explicit offers of professional help in exchange for sex. 11 of them spoke on file – far more than I could describe in an article. w / @dannyhakim https://t.co/agnfQZubW5
– Maggie Astor (@MaggieAstor) January 31, 2021
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Big Hollywood donations to the Lincoln Project
The Lincoln Project was founded by anti-Trump Republicans. Members include former GOP advisor Steve Schmidt, who worked on John McCain's campaign, and Rick Wilson, who worked for Rudy Giuliani and Dick Cheney.
Reed Galen, whose father worked for Newt Gingrich, and George Conway, the husband of former Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, were also involved in the group. George Conway has since left the group.
In a Breitbart report, some of Hollywood's most popular names contributed large sums of money to the Lincoln Project. Among the donors, actress Jennifer Aniston donated US $ 5,000, actress Felicity Huffman US $ 9,300, Ken Jeong US $ 3,000, and actor Jason Bateman US $ 6,000 to the PAC.
Did John Weaver care for boys on equipment delivered / paid for by @ProjectLincoln and its donors?
– John Cardillo (@johncardillo) January 31, 2021
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David Geffen, another Dreamworks co-founder, was one of the most generous donors to the Lincoln Project, donating $ 300,000. Some less notable names include AMC Theaters and CEO Adam Aron, MGM Chairman Michael DeLuca, and Director Jake Kasdan, who each donated $ 5,000.
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Not just Hollywood that gives away money
But not only Hollywood has lined up to support the anti-Trump PAC. Billionaires associated with some of the largest corporations in the country have also offered large donations to the Lincoln Project.
Well-known company names include the Hyatt hotel's heir, John Pritzker, who donated $ 100,000. Lizzie Tisch, wife of Jonathan Tisch, CEO of Loews Hotels, gave $ 1,000, and Walmart heiress Christy Walton gave twice.
Walton donated to the organization first in July 2020, then another $ 10,000 for a grand total of $ 40,000. While it is illegal to donate more than $ 5,600 per election cycle directly to a presidential campaign, there is no limit on donations to super-PACS like The Lincoln Project.
Between July and October 2020, the Lincoln Project raised $ 39.4 million. At least 3% were from billionaires.
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The Lincoln Project makes a statement and then begins to distance itself
In a statement posted in a tweet on Sunday, The Lincoln Project stated that they were "utterly shocked and sick" and "we express our deepest condolences to those affected by his deplorable and predatory behavior.
However, some members have started to distance themselves from Weaver and The Lincoln Project since the allegations were made public.
The Lincoln Project released the following statement today. pic.twitter.com/k9QkUsiFO5
– The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) January 31, 2021
This morning @morningmika @ gtconway3d asked about 21 men who accused his Lincoln Project co-founder, John Weaver, of online harassment:
"It's awful and awful … I didn't know John very well. I honestly only spoke to him a couple of times at the start of the Lincoln Project." pic.twitter.com/eKo0meptls
– The recount (@therecount) February 1, 2021