Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and eight company executives kicked in contributions between $250 and $5,400 in an 11-day period in September to Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner’s 2020 re-election campaign, according to a recent report from CNBC.
Denver has been listed among cities being considered by Amazon for a second company headquarters, although Gov. John Hickenlooper recently said he believes Denver is no longer in the running.
The contributions were made between Sept. 17 and Sept. 25.
Jeff Bezos, CEO: $5,400 (the maximum allowable contribution to a congressional candidate) on Sept. 17
David Clark, senior vice president of operations, $5,400 on Sept. 20
Jeffrey Wilke, CEO of Amazon’s worldwide consumer division, $5,400 on Sept. 25
Brian Olsavsky, CFO, $5,400 on Sept. 24
Doug Herrington, senior vice president for North American consumer division, $5,400 on Sept. 14
Brian Huseman, vice president for public policy, $2,700 on Sept. 16
Michael Deal, vice president and associate general counsel, $1,000 on Sept. 24
Kurt Lamp, vice president for state tax and tax operations, $1,000
Shannon Kellog, director of Amazon web services public policy, $250 on Sept. 17
CNBC reports that Gardner “is one of the top beneficiaries of Amazon’s campaign donations in the 2018 election cycle even though he’s not running, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. The two candidates above him on that list are Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who is looking to unseat Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas this cycle, and Democratic Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell, who is seeking re-election in November.”
CNBC cites Gardner’s co-sponsorship of S.88, the Developing Innovation and Growing the Internet of Things Act, or DIGIT Act, as one possible reason for Amazon’s support. The act would plan for, and encourage, the growth of the Internet of Things (basically, a chip that allows devices to communicate with each other). Amazon supports the measure.