This piece was originally published by Them.

The company behind music festivals like Coachella, Stagecoach, and Firefly is still funneling tens of thousands of dollars to right wing causes, according to a report released Monday.

The Anschutz Corporation, which owns the live entertainment company AEG Presents, donated $75,000 to the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) just five days after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, according to a new report published in Rolling Stone in partnership with the newsletter Popular Information. RAGA’s mission is to elect and re-elect Republican attorneys general, and is currently looking to champion elected officials who will enforce anti-abortion laws in states where abortion rights are still undecided, like Wisconsin, Michigan, Arizona, Ohio and Florida, according to Rolling Stone. The report also revealed that Anschutz Corporation donated a total of $750,000 to two Republican super PACs, the Senate Leadership Fund and the House Leadership Fund, in March. The PACs aim to regain Republican control of Congress.

Philip Anschutz, the 82-year-old billionaire who owns the company, “believes in a woman’s right to choose and did not support the reversal of Roe,” the Anschutz Corporation said in a statement to Rolling Stone. “Neither The Anschutz Corporation (TAC), or Mr. Anschutz, received, saw or was aware of a Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) fundraising solicitation based on the reversal of Roe v. Wade,” the company said. They also included that Anschutz’s donation was not “based upon, informed by, or motivated by any RAGA position on Roe or abortion.”

However, as Rolling Stone notes, RAGA’s position on abortion is well known. Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch, who is a member of RAGA, was reportedly behind the legal strategy used in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which was ultimately responsible for overturning Roe. Additionally, 24 of the 26 other Republican Attorneys General who are RAGA members signed an amicus brief in support of Fitch in 2021.

Anschutz’s donations have gotten him and Coachella in hot water in the past. The CEO has donated extensively to explicitly anti-LGBTQ+ causes and first came under fire for doing so in 2018. A 2017 tax return revealed that Philip Anschutz’s philanthropy organization had donated $1,020,000 to Colorado Christian University and Sky Ranch Christian Camps, both of which have made explicitly anti-LGBTQ+ statements.



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