Jennifer Pritzker, a billionaire who donated to President TrumpDonald TrumpMcAuliffe takes tougher stance on Democrats in Washington Democrats troll Trump over Virginia governor's race Tom Glavine, Ric Flair, Doug Flutie to join Trump for Herschel Walker event MORE in 2016, made a $2,000 donation to Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenPressure grows for breakthrough in Biden agenda talks State school board leaves national association saying they called parents domestic terrorists Sunday shows preview: Supply chain crisis threaten holiday sales; uncertainty over whether US can sustain nationwide downward trend in COVID-19 cases MORE in August.
The donation pales in comparison to the $250,000 she donated to Trump in 2016, though it underscores Biden’s effort to court supporters from the other side of the aisle.
Jennifer Pritzker, whose cousin is Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D), is an heir to the Hyatt hotel fortune.
In a July 2017 opinion piece in the Chicago Sun-Times, Pritzker said Trump’s decision to reinstate a ban on transgender individuals serving in the military “hurts our armed forces and shows a callous disregard for the rights of American citizens.”
Pritzker is a retired Army lieutenant colonel and the world’s only known transgender billionaire.
“Being a transgender woman, I had to hide who I was during my time in service,” Pritzker said at the time. “This can be a monumental task. Waking up every day and pretending to be something you’re not is extremely difficult and mentally exhausting."
“I was hopeful, after Obama’s announcement, that future service men and women would not have to walk this same path," she added.
In a January 2019 opinion piece in The Washington Post, Pritzker wrote that she “hoped the Republican Party would reform from within and end its assault on the LGBTQ community.”
“When the GOP asks me to deliver six- or seven-figure contributions for the 2020 elections, my first response will be: Why should I contribute to my own destruction?” Pritzker wrote.
Pritzker also donated $27,000 to the Libertarian National Committee last month and donated $1,000 to a PAC affiliated with former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegSunday shows preview: Supply chain crisis threaten holiday sales; uncertainty over whether US can sustain nationwide downward trend in COVID-19 cases Buttigieg hits back after parental leave criticism: 'Really strange' The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by The Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations - US opens to vaccinated visitors as FDA panel discusses boosters MORE while he was still in the Democratic primary.
She has also financially supported moderate Republicans in tight Senate races this cycle, such as Sens. Cory GardnerCory GardnerColorado remap plan creates new competitive district Protecting the outdoors: Three cheers for America's best idea Ex-Sen. Cory Gardner joins lobbying firm MORE (Colo.), Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsMcConnell gets GOP wake-up call Republicans are today's Dixiecrats Biden's push for unity collides with entrenched partisanship MORE (Maine) and Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisGOP rallies around Manchin, Sinema Advocates frustrated by shrinking legal migration under Biden Key debt-limit vote sparks major fight among Senate Republicans MORE (N.C.)