Amazon CEO, Winner of HRC’s Equality Award, Donated to Anti-LGBTQ Senator

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife Mackenzie donated over $10,000 to an anti-LGBTQ politician, reported Gay Star News.

The couple each individually donated $5,400 – the max amount allowed for individual donors in Colorado – to Republican Senator Cory Gardner’s 2020 reelection fund.

Other Amazon employees donated to Gardner’s reelection campaign, including Chief Financial Officer Brian Olsavsky, Amazon Worldwide Consumer CEO Jeffrey Wilkie, and Senior Vice Presidents David Clark and Doug Herrington.

In 2006, the senator voted no to allowing same-sex couples to adopt. He also voted against same-sex couples’ right to marry, according the Gay Star News.

Bezos doesn’t have a history of opposing LGBTQ rights. On the contrary, he has supported LGBTQ causes. In 2012, the CEO donated $2.5 million to a same-sex marriage referendum in Washington, and was given the Human Rights Campaign’s Equality Award last year for his work to stand up for the LBGTQ community and improve the lives of its people.

The donation could be attributed to Gardner’s co-sponsorship of a number of bills which Amazon has lobbied for, according to CNBC.