Oracle's Ellison donated $250K to Graham Super PAC days before TikTok deal went through: report

The top executive at one of the nation's leading technology companies gave a quarter of a million dollars to a PAC supporting Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenators huddle on Russia sanctions as tensions escalate Juan Williams: It's Trump vs. McConnell for the GOP's future Biden's year two won't be about bipartisanship  MORE (R-S.C.) while he was brokering a deal between TikTok and a U.S.-based cloud computing company, according to a new report. 

Oracle founder Larry Ellison, who serves as chairman of the company's board of directors as well as  chief technology officer, donated $250,000 to the Security is Strength PAC, which is paying for ads supporting Graham in his reelection bid, The Verge reported.

The donation was reportedly made on Sept. 14, just days before Oracle announced it had been selected by social media company TikTok as its secure cloud technology provider.


TikTok has faced criticism from 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 Jaime 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 said in September. “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.”

Updated: Oct. 21 at 6:12 a.m.