Coachella owner Philip Anschutz donated $1 million to Elton John’s AIDS Foundation’s LGBT Fund

He’s given to several anti-LGBTQ groups in the recent past.

March 22, 2018
Coachella owner Philip Anschutz donated $1 million to Elton John’s AIDS Foundation’s LGBT Fund Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Coachella

Coachella owner and Republican mega-donor Philip Anschutz announced this week that he's donated $1 million to Elton John's AIDS Foundation's LGBT Fund, Pitchfork reports.

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"My gift to the Elton John Foundation is intended to emphasize that we support freedom of all people to live their lives peacefully, without interference from others," Anschutz said in a statement to Billboard. "Sexuality is among the most personal of issues, and it has never been my intent to weigh in on people’s private lives. I support the rights of all people and oppose discrimination and intolerance against the LGBTQ community. I see this as a matter of basic human rights."

Anschutz has donated to anti-LGBTQ groups, some of which have been qualified as extremist hate groups by Southern Poverty Law Center, for several years, and personally contributed $1,012,000 to Republican or Republican-aligned candidates and PACS in the 2016 election season. His charitable foundation was revealed to have given at least $770,000 to hate groups that year.

"Our Foundation supports a broad range of philanthropic causes," he said of that organization. "I regret if any money given to a charity for other purposes may have indirectly worked against these values. That was not my intention, it does not reflect my beliefs, and I am committed to making sure our internal processes are strengthened so that it does not happen again."

Read more about his history of donations here.

Coachella owner Philip Anschutz donated $1 million to Elton John’s AIDS Foundation’s LGBT Fund