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Jeff Bezos makes more money a minute than many of us will ever make in our entire lives, but he’s not just hoarding it under his mattress. Not anymore at least. It was announced on Wednesday, September 5th, that Jeff Bezos had made a $10 million donation to the Super PAC With Honor Fund. While Bezos is a notorious Democrat, this Super PAC is not explicitly partisan. It supports, instead, an initiative we can all get behind: electing military veterans. Here’s what you need to know about the PAC.

According to their mission statement, With Honor’s goal is to “elect principled next-generation veterans to office who will work in a cross-partisan way to create a more effective and less polarized government.” Their vision is of “a government that works for and is trusted by Americans, where principled veterans represent a significant percentage of elected positions at all levels.” 

Some of the candidates that With Honor is supporting currently include Amy McGrath (D-KY), Andrew Grant (R-CA), Brian Mast (R-FL), Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) and Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ). All of these candidates are veterans of the US military. They are spread throughout the country and from both political parties. Overall, in the 2018 cycle, they are supporting 19 Democrats and 14 Republicans. Several of the candidates they support and incumbents, including Brian Mast, Conor Lamb, and Mike Gallagher.

Their candidates commit to a pledge that involves several tenets, including integrity, civility, and courage. Some of the promises their candidates make include the following:

  • Return or give to charity contributions from sources that I find out taint my integrity.

  • Use the power of my office only for the service of my constituents and my country.

  • Publicly reject, and seek to remove, any advertisements in support of my campaign that lie about or baselessly attack the character of my opponent.

  • Meet with someone from an opposing party one-on-one at least once a month

  • Join with colleagues on both sides of the aisle on at least one piece of major legislation each year, and co-sponsor additional pieces.

According to the Super PAC’s August 2018 FEC disclosure, Bezos’ $10 million donation is nearly twice of what they had already taken in for the year. Earlier in 2018, Bezos donated $33 million to help set up scholarships for Dreamers.

Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member