Members of the Twitter board of directors who agreed Monday to accept Elon Musk’s bid to take over the online platform, donated thousands to Democratic candidates in recent federal races, public records show.
Omid Kordestani, a former Google executive who has been on the Twitter board since 2015, made donations to Vice President Kamala Harris’ campaign in 2019 and supported Sen. Cory Booker the same year, giving each $2,800 in donations, Federal Election Commission filings show.
Kordestani also donated a total of $6,217 to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2016, according to federal filings. Two years later, he doled out $2,700 to Democratic military veteran Joseph Kopser for his 2018 campaign for Texas’ 21st Congressional District. Kopser lost the race.
According to federal records, Kordestani also supported Sara Riggs Amico who was running in a 2020 Democratic primary for US Senate in Georgia. He donated a total of $8,400 to Riggs Amico’s losing campaign in 2019 and 2020.
Twitter co-founder and eccentric former CEO Jack Dorsey, who is scheduled to step down from his board position at the company’s annual shareholder meeting next month, has donated to a host of Democratic candidates in the last federal election cycle, including Tulsi Gabbard, a former Congresswoman from Hawaii who dropped out of the Democratic presidential primary in 2020 to support Joe Biden. Federal filings show Dorsey contributed a total of $8,400 to Gabbard’s campaign in 2019 and 2020.
Twitter board member David Rosenblatt, CEO of 1stdibs.com, an online luxury marketplace, made two donations totaling $5,800 to New York Sen. Chuck Schumer in 2021, federal campaign filings show.
Employees at companies run by some Twitter board members also gave overwhelmingly to Democratic candidates. Salesforce.com, where Bret Taylor is co-CEO, donated $713,637 to Joe Biden’s presidential campaign in 2020, according to data compiled by Open Secrets, a non-profit that tracks money in US politics.
Mastercard, where Twitter board member Mimi Alemayeheu is Senior Vice President for Public-Private Partnership, saw its employees donate $134,467 to Biden’s campaign. According to Open Secrets, the company’s employees also donated a total of $28,277 to Donald Trump’s presidential run in 2020.
Robert Zoellick, who has been on the Twitter board since 2018, doled out $2,000 to Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney in 2021, records show. From 1985 to 1993, Zoellick has held various government posts, including Counselor to the US Secretary of the Treasury and Deputy Chief of Staff at the White House under President George H.W. Bush.
The 11-member Twitter board, which last week threatened to fight back against Tesla and SpaceX executive Musk with a “poison pill” strategy, agreed to accept his $44 billion offer to buy the company. Musk has said he wants to buy Twitter in order to restore the social media giant’s adherence to principles of free speech. Several famous liberals have threatened to quit Twitter with Musk taking over.
Twitter execs have said that business will continue as usual until the deal goes through within three to six months.