Elon Musk, an avowed utopian anarchist, is one of the top fifty donors to the Republican Protect the House PAC, having funneled $38,900 to support the group's mission of protecting Republican Congressional seats.
Musk is not unusual in tech circles in supporting Republicans: Facebook is a major donor to Devin Nunes, Google is a big cash backer for Ted Cruz, and so on.
Musk's public persona is particularly at odds with the Republican message, however. In addition to his pronouncements on the desirability of both socialism and left-wing anarchism, Musk has made a series of speeches and pronouncement about the urgency of climate change (and the role his electric car company might play in addressing it). The GOP House members are among the world's most prominent and dangerous climate-change deniers; backing their election campaign is a direct cash transfer to the political cause of setting the world on fire.
Filings show that the Tesla and SpaceX CEO donated $38,900 to the PAC, which is dedicated to keeping Republicans in control of Congress. The PAC raised over $8 million in quarter two, according to filings compiled by ProPublica.
The top donors of the PAC include Sheldon Adelson, the Vegas casino magnate, and Robert McNair, the owner of the NFL's Houston Texans. Although Adelson and McNair's contributions far outweighed Musk's -- Adelson and McNair each gave $371,500 respectively, while Musk gave $33,900 -- Musk was one of the top 50 donors of the PAC. [...]
"Am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world," Musk said on Twitter at the time.
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