A Democrat mega-donor who donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to President Biden’s 2020 campaign and previously claimed to be “indifferent” to the ongoing genocide of Uyghur Muslims in China is set to host a fundraiser for Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy.
According to an invitation for “intimate dinner and discussion,” Golden State Warriors part-owner Chamath Palihapitiya and his wife Nathalie, along with several other individuals, will host Ramaswamy at their home in the San Francisco Bay Area on September 29. The invitation to the event was first reported by Puck News.
The cost of attending the event is a minimum $50,000 donation to Ramaswamy’s American Exceptionalism PAC.
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Palihapitiya, a billionaire venture capitalist, made headlines last year when he said he “doesn’t care” about the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)-sponsored genocide recognized by several national governments.
“Let’s be honest: nobody cares what happens to the Uyghurs, OK?” Palihapitiya said in a January 2022 episode of his podcast. “You brought this up because you care, and I think it’s great that you care.”
“The rest of us don’t care,” Palihapitiya said of the ongoing genocide that reportedly included forced sterilization, beatings and “mental and physical torture.” He said it was a “very hard, ugly reality.”
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“Of all the things I care about, yes, it’s below my line,” he continued, reiterating that the state-sponsored communist genocide of the Uyghur is “below” his caring “line.”
A campaign spokesperson told Fox News Digital that Ramaswamy strongly disagrees with Palihapitiya on the Uyghur genocide, but will still attend the super PAC fundraiser.
“He thinks what’s happening to the Uyghurs in China is an atrocity,” said Ramaswamy campaign communications director Tricia McLaughlin.
In a speech in Columbus, Ohio, Thursday in which Ramaswamy laid out his plan to declare economic independence from China, he called the enslavement, imprisonment and forced sterilization of Uyghurs “one of the worst human rights atrocities ever committed of a great country since the Third Reich. of Germany.”
Noting that he is the largest contributor to his own campaign, a McLaughlin added that Ramaswamy believes that super PACs and dark money should not be part of the American political system.
“Vivek thinks money is corrupting politics. He’s felt strongly since day one, and if he’s the GOP nominee, he wants to make a deal with the Democratic nominee to make sure there’s no super PAC money in the race. But in now , super PACs are part of the primary game in 2024, and we have to play to win,” McLaughlin said.
According to FEC dataPalihapitiya has donated to the campaigns of several prominent Democrats, including Biden, Sen. Cory Booker, DN.J., Hillary Clinton’s failed 2016 campaign, the Democratic National Committee (DNC), and the Senate Majority PAC (SMP).
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He gave $250,000 to the Biden Victory Fund in support of Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign in July of that year and another $5,600 directly to his campaign. He also donated $66,200 to the DNC.
That same year, Palihapitiya gave a total of $750,000 to SMP, a political action committee affiliated with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y. He also donated $5,800 directly to Schumer’s September 2021 campaign.
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