Politics Oracle CEO donated $250K to Graham Super PAC days before TikTok deal went through: report
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The top executive at one of the nation's leading technology companies gave a quarter of a million dollars to a political action committee (PAC) supporting Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) just days before he helped broker a deal between TikTok and a U.S.-based cloud computing company, according to a new report.
Oracle founder and CEO Larry Ellison donated $250,000 to The Security is Strength PAC, which is paying for ads supporting Graham in his reelection bid,
Oracle Would Get Access to TikTok Code in Proposed Deal
Oracle Corp. will get full access to review TikTok’s source code and updates to make sure there are no back doors used by the company’s Chinese parent to gather data on the video-sharing app’s 100 million American users, according to people familiar with the matter. © Bloomberg TikTok app TikTok parent ByteDance Ltd. and Oracle submitted these details in their proposal to the Trump administration with a goal of averting an outright sale of the app or a shutdown of its U.S. operations set to take effect Sept. 20. U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to ban the app in a pair of executive orders issued last month based on U.
The donation was reportedly made on Sept. 14, just hours after Oracleit had been selected by social media company TikTok as its secure cloud technology provider.
TikTok has takenfrom some U.S. lawmakers over its ties to the Chinese government, and Graham was pivotal in helping secure the deal with a U.S.-based company, the outlet reported.
"If TikTok is saved, you can thank me," Graham said at the time.
Graham is currently in the home stretch of a brutal fundraising fight against Democratic challenger Jamie Harrison, who has raised the most money in the history of any Senate campaign.
"My opponent will raise $100 million in the state of South Carolina," Graham"The most money ever spent in the history of the state on a Senate race in this state was by me in 2014 when I spent $13 million."
Deion Branch not happy after being left off Patriots' All-Dynasty Team .
When a team has a period of success as lengthy as the New England Patriots have had, some players are going to feel that they didn’t get their due for their contributions. Deion Branch is one of them. © Greg M. Cooper -USA TODAY Sports The Patriots’ Hall of Fame announced its All-Dynasty Team, and Deion Branch is salty that he wasn't selected. The Patriots’ Hall of Fame announced its All-Dynasty Team on Thursday. The undertaking is part of the creation of an exhibit to celebrate the franchise’s success since 2001, and it was selected via a combination of fan voting and a panel of experts.