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Elon Musk Called Sierra Club For Help Deflecting Criticism After He Emerged As GOP PAC Donor


The environmental group "The Sierra Club", which was the most prominent name to defend Elon Musk on Twitter after it was reported that he was a top donor to a GOP PAC, tweeted in his defense because they were personally asked by Elon Musk himself, Bloomberg reports. To do that, Musk reportedly told the Sierra Club to make public $6 million in donations that he had previously donated anonymously, as an attempt to deflect public anger from his support for the GOP. 

Musk's request for a "favor" also apparently set off civil unrest between the head of The Sierra Club and its staff, some of whom did not want the Sierra Club to defend Musk publicly because of his GOP donation and stance on unions.

For those who missed the weekend story (or were preoccupied with Elon Musk calling an international hero a pedophile over the weekend) on Saturday it was revealed that the Tesla CEO was a top donor to a GOP PAC whose mission is to keep Republicans in Congress. In the brief window of time after that was reported and before Musk took to Twitter to insult a man who was key in rescuing 12 children in Thailand, Musk was the target of outrage by liberals for donating to the GOP cause.

As we reported over the weekend, ProPublica published filings which revealed that Elon Musk is a top donor to a Republican PAC named Protect the House, aimed at keeping control of Congress. The PAC raised over $8 million in in the second quarter for Republican lawmakers hoping to fend off Democratic challengers.

The top donors of the PAC include casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and Houston Texans owner Robert McNair. 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, just below Ken Griffin and Hank Paulson and above the Bass family and Stephen Schwarzman.

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