Activision CEO Bobby Kotick’s second company spent money to back GOP campaigns.
Bobby Kotick, CEO of video game maker Activision, has another secret company that he used to donate money to Republican campaigns.
The company, Norgate LLC, contributed $500,000 through two separate checks to the Senate Leadership Fund during the 2020 election cycle, according to Federal Election Commission filings reviewed by CNBC. The political action committee is run by allies of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and was created to support Republicans running for the Senate.
CNBC had reported Tuesday about another secret Kotick company, called 807080A LLC, which had given donations to Republican causes as well. In one of its two FEC filings, Norgate lists an identical California address to 807080A LLC. The latter firm has contributed to at least $100,000 in funding Republican efforts, including a super PAC backing former Bridgewater CEO Dave McCormick, who is running for Pennsylvania’s Senate seat in a GOP primary.
Democrats won a slight edge in the Senate during the 2020 election, Republicans fended off numerous challenges across the country. The Senate LeadershipFund that cycle spent over $270 million against Democrats running for Senate Seats in that cycle, according to data from the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. Outside of the Democratic victories in Georgia, data shows the super PAC helped Republicans win in North Carolina, Iowa, Montana and South Carolina, among others.
Mark Herr, a spokesman for Kotick, told CNBC in an emailed statement on Thursday that the video game executive has given almost the same amount to Democrats and a REpublicans over the past five years. He also pointed out the work of a Kotick-led foundation. The statement, however, does not give further details regarding Norgate LLC.
“Over the past five years, Mr Kotick has contributed roughly the same amount to Democrats and Republicans. His contributions are focused on candidates and causes primarily in support of veterans’ issues and specifically veterans employment,” Herr said. “His giving and that of the Call of Duty Foundation, which he co-chairs, is with the goal of ensuring all veterans have employment opportunities that reflect the sacrifices they make through their service.”