Napster co-founder and Former Facebook president Sean Parker donated $350,000 to help Sen. Thad Cochran’s (R-MS) allies court black Democrats and liberal union voters to get more votes than conservative challenger Chris McDaniel in the June runoff, and Parker is just getting started helping establishment Republicans.
According to a report in Politico, Parker, who had donated to Democrats, is gearing up to donate millions to help moderate establishment Republicans defeat more conservative candidates. The billionaire has already donated to Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID), who is House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) ally and whom the Club for Growth opposed, and made a six-figure donation to an outside group supporting Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC). Both men easily won reelection. He is reportedly being advised by former President Barack Obama campaign manager Jim Messina and Republican lobbyist Charlie Black.
Barbour allies ran ads in the final weeks of the campaign maligning Tea Partiers as racist and courting black voters by falsely claiming the Tea Party would take away welfare funds and defund the state’s historically black colleges and universities. There have also been allegations of voter fraud and that “walking around money” was doled out to push Cochran across the finish line. Cochran won the race by just over 6,000 votes, and McDaniel, who intends to challenge the election results, has alleged there are at least 8,300 questionable ballots cast by Democrats who voted in the June 3 Democratic primary in addition to the June 24 runoff election, which is illegal under state law.
Haley Barbour, a top Cochran ally, praised Parker for wanting “to make a difference in a critical race” and said “he absolutely did.”
Parker joins Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, who has put millions into his FWD.us group to push amnesty and support candidates who will in the political arena. Parker, Zuckerberg, and most of the high-tech lobby want drastic increases in the number of high-tech guest-worker visas even though numerous nonpartisan scholars and studies have shown there is a surplus of American high-tech workers.