(Report) Russian Oligarch Money Flows Freely Into The Upper Reaches Of The GOP – The Intellectualist
The Russian billionaire is one of the U.K.’s wealthiest, with an estimated net worth of $20 billion. Prior to the 2016 election season, Blavatnik’s political donations were bipartisan and meager.
In 2015-16, everything changed. Blavatnik’s political contributions soared and made a hard right turn as he pumped $6.35 million into GOP political action committees, with millions of dollars going to top Republican leaders including Sens. Mitch McConnell, Marco Rubio and Lindsey Graham.
It is unclear why Republicans would knowingly accept donations from such contributors, particularly after Russia’s attempt to interfere with the presidential election was known: