The CEO of Amazon Friday made the largest-ever publicly reported donation to a same-sex marriage campaign. Jeff Bezos and his wife announced they are giving 2.5 million dollars to an organization defending same-sex marriage in Washington state.
That organization says the donation is a game changer. But is it right for one person to have such outsize influence over a hot-button issue?
OutFront Friday: CNN Contributor Reihan Salam and Democratic Strategist Jamal Simmons.
Amazon CEO Bezos donates $2.5 million for same-sex marriage
Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is backing same-sex marriage. Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, donated $2.5 million to Washington United for Marriage, a coalition to uphold the state's same-sex marriage law. It is believed to be the largest individual donation to protect same-sex marriage.
The couple has doubled the organization's funds for the campaign to approve Referendum 74 in November. The measure will determine whether or not to legalize same-sex civil unions in Washington state.
"The extraordinary contribution from Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos will make an enormous difference for our campaign to defend Washington's marriage law," said WUM campaign manager Zach Silk in a statement.