Jeffrey Katzenberg, the former CEO of Disney and DreamWorks Animation, and his wife, Marilyn, have made significant donations totaling over $1.7 million to support President Biden’s reelection campaign. However, Katzenberg’s deep ties to China have raised questions about the motivations behind these donations.
Controversial Contributions Trigger Speculation
Shortly after being named one of the national co-chairs for Biden’s campaign, Katzenberg and his wife made separate donations of $889,600 each to the Biden Victory Fund. They had already maxed out their individual donations to Biden’s presidential campaign, contributing $6,600 each in late April. These donations have sparked speculation and controversy surrounding Katzenberg’s connections to China.
Concerns Surrounding Ties to China
Katzenberg’s extensive interactions with China have been well-documented in previous reports. During his tenure at DreamWorks Animation, he visited China regularly and played a crucial role in establishing a production studio in Shanghai through a lucrative deal with the Chinese government. His close relationships with Chinese leaders, including then-Vice President Xi Jinping, helped pave the way for Hollywood’s access to Chinese markets during the Obama administration.
Investigation into Potential Violations
The deal with China raised concerns about potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, prompting an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission. However, details regarding the investigation remain undisclosed at this time.
Ongoing Connections and Funding
Even after leaving DreamWorks, Katzenberg’s ties to China persisted. He secured funding for his new venture, NewTV, from China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba. These continued connections further fuel concerns about potential influence and the compromising of US national security.
Debate Over Chinese Influence on US Politics
Critics argue that the substantial contributions made by the Katzenbergs to Biden’s campaign warrant concern regarding Chinese influence on US politics. The Biden campaign has yet to respond to inquiries regarding this matter.
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