Thursday, November 28, 2019

Leonard ‘Len’ Blavatnik donated $800k to Lindsey Graham

Leonard Blavatnik is a Ukrainian-born billionaire with longstanding ties to those close to Vladimir Putin. Blavatnik is a British and American citizen whose vast fortune came from the privatization of Russian aluminum and other industries in the 1990s—now notorious as a corrupt giveaway. Blavatnik is ranked by Forbes as the 59th richest person in the world. He is best known as the owner of the Warner Music Group. During the 2015-2016 election Blavatnik gave $6.35m to leading Republican candidates and incumbent senators. Included in this figure is $800k to South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham. He also gave $3.5m to a super PAC tied to the lawmaker.
Blavatnik’s support for McConnell drew notice when his company Rusal announced plans for a $200m aluminum plant in Kentucky. That came after McConnell blocked a bill that assisted US sanctions on Rusal.

Blavatnik’s history of deals with “individuals with checkered pasts, deep Kremlin ties and a reputation for corruption” is well known.

Blavatnik also donated $1m to the Trump Inaugural Committee.