LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman recently made a substantial donation of $699,600.00 to the Biden Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee authorized by the Biden campaign, according to Federal Election Commission (FEC) records. However, this contribution has sparked controversy as it was revealed that Hoffman had visited Jeffrey Epstein’s private island in 2014, which was known for its association with convicted pedophilia.
The donation was made on April 26, just a week before the Wall Street Journal published a report detailing Hoffman’s visit to Epstein’s Caribbean island, named Little St. James. The report also mentioned Hoffman’s plans to return to the island and stay at Epstein’s luxury Manhattan townhouse later in 2014. The purpose of these trips remains unclear.
LinkedIn billionaire Reid Hoffman donates $699,600.00 to get Biden Re-elected. The donation came exactly one week before the WSJ reported on Hoffman’s visit to Epstein’s island. Hoffman also had plans to stay at Epstein’s Manhattan townhouse in Dec 2014. Birds of a feather…. pic.twitter.com/mVoxFT9jeX
— Kory Yeshua (@KoryYeshua) July 17, 2023
This revelation comes in the wake of a previous fundraiser hosted by Hoffman, attended by Joe Biden, which had drawn media attention. Hoffman expressed regret over his association with Epstein, acknowledging that it had inadvertently contributed to repairing Epstein’s reputation and perpetuating injustice.
It is worth noting that Hoffman had invited Epstein to a Silicon Valley dinner with tech industry leaders in 2015, marking their last known interaction. In 2015, he also attended a state dinner at the White House, hosted by then-Vice President Biden in honor of Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Hoffman’s financial support for Biden extends beyond campaign contributions. He donated $1.5 million to a super PAC that supported Biden’s candidacy in the 2020 election, in addition to contributing the maximum individual dollar amount allowed to Biden’s campaign, according to FEC records. Such generous spending can often grant privileged access, as evidenced by Hoffman’s multiple visits to the White House in 2022, including a state dinner with French President Emmanuel Macron and meetings with key staff members.
This isn’t the first time Hoffman has faced scrutiny for his financial involvement. Fox News Digital had previously reported on his funding of nontraditional groups that operate in the shadows and aren’t required to disclose their funding sources. In 2018, Hoffman issued an apology for supporting a group that disseminated false information, falsely suggesting Russian government support for Alabama Republican Roy Moore during a special Senate election.
Despite these revelations, the Biden campaign has not yet provided a comment on the matter.
The latest controversy surrounding Reid Hoffman’s sizable donation to the Biden campaign has raised concerns about the implications of accepting funds from individuals with connections to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. As questions continue to mount, the public awaits further responses from the Biden campaign regarding their stance on accepting contributions from donors with such associations.