New York Republican billionaire Paul Singer is beginning to make his mark in Republican politics, and Politico reports that he’s already begun taking an interest in Alaska by donating to U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan and holding fundraisers for him and other Republican Senate candidates.
Singer, who made his money in hedge funds, like many of his fellow mega rich donors, is for low taxes, and less federal government regulation. However, he diverges wildly from many of them on social issues. He’s aggressively pro-gay rights and pro-immigration and has given money and organized events to tout both of those causes.
Politico reports that one of Singer’s groups, American Opportunity Alliance, had a fundraiser in New York in December for Sullivan, Reps. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Steve Daines of Montana, who are both running for Senate. All told, the fundraiser raised $530,000 which was divided between the three candidates.
The publication also reports that Sullivan is scheduled to appear at another fundraiser organized by Singer at the end of February at a Colorado resort.
Billionaires don’t come in one party, however. Another one, California billionaire Tom Steyer, who plans to invest at least $100 million to help make climate change a defining issue in this year’s elections, had at one point recently reportedly been poking around in Alaska.
It’s unclear, however, if the state and its pro-development litmus tests on both sides of the aisle were to his tastes.
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