In an April 2020 Forbes profile, Ellison said he supports Trump and wants him to do well.
“We only have one president at a time. I don’t think he’s the devil – I support him and I want him to do well, ”Ellison told Forbes writer Angela Au-Yeng. He added that he would support anyone who is currently in the Oval Office.
Ellison also told the magazine that he had never donated to the Trump campaign. The Desert Sun reported that Ellison did not donate in 2016 or 2020, citing federal campaign reports.
Ellison organized a fundraiser for Trump at his Rancho Mirage home in February, with contributions going to a fundraising committee created in collaboration between his campaign and the national and national sections of the Republican Party.
Sam Metz of the Desert Sun reported that Ellison’s Rancho Mirage property hosted supporters of the president’s re-election candidacy during a golf outing.
A guaranteed donation of $ 100,000 to the golf course with the president and a photo to commemorate the occasion. With $ 250,000, the supporters got everything in the previous installment as well as a round table.
As to whether he was present at the fundraiser, Ellison told Forbes, “Be absolutely specific. I said President Trump could use the property. I was not here. ”
Barack Obama visited the same golf course in 2015. Theodore Schleifer wrote for Recode that Ellison was previously known to be close to Bill Clinton and attended fundraisers for his re-election in the ’90s.
Although Ellison maintained that he was not physically present at the fundraiser, his accommodation was not suitable for some of his employees.
After news broke that Ellison was hosting the fundraiser, a Change.org petition began circulating online asking senior Oracle management to condemn Ellison’s actions. The petition has collected nearly 10,000 signatures.
The day after the fundraiser, around 300 Oracle employees staged a “No Ethics / No Work” strike.
Nico Grant reported for Bloomberg that employees stopped working at noon local time wherever they were and devoted the rest of the day to volunteer work.