Google gives $60K to Obama foundation
Google has contributed more than $60,000 to the Barack Obama Foundation, a nonprofit handling Obama’s presidential center in Chicago, according to new disclosure reports.
It is unclear whether the donation, totaling $60,350.48, constitutes a cash or an in-kind donation — or some combination of the two — but the tech giant is the first corporate donor to the foundation, a review of semi-annual records shows.
Google made the donation on March 31, but it did not show up until lobbying contribution reports were released this week. Google is not listed on the foundation’s website as a contributor.
Lobbyists and organizations that hire them must submit reports detailing their political donations twice per year.
Google had no comment. A spokesman for the foundation did not respond to emails from The Hill.
In fiscal 2015, the Obama foundation took in $1.9 million in donations, according to its tax documents. Tax records show the foundation received $5.4 million in the previous fiscal year.
While the foundation was formed in 2014, the center’s official location in Chicago — the historic Jackson Park in the city’s South side — was announced last Friday. It will include Obama’s presidential library, a museum and an events space.
The costs for such projects are notably pricey. The George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas was funded by $500 million in donations from more than 300,000 donors.
Lobbyists, trade groups and corporations gave $7.5 million to the Bush Center — including AT&T, Ford Motor Co., ExxonMobil and Alticor, the parent company of Amway, according to an analysis of disclosure record by The Hill in 2013.