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This Trump Cabinet Member Is One Of Glenn Youngkin’s Biggest Donors

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Linda McMahon, the former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment and head of the Small Business Administration, donated $150,000 to Glenn Youngkin’s campaign to become Virginia governor. 

McMahon, who is married to WWE billionaire Vince McMahon, gave $10,000 in September, $15,000 on Oct. 6, and $125,000 on Oct. 12, according to Virginia campaign finance filings. She joined other billionaire donors who helped Youngkin, a former co-CEO of private equity giant Carlyle, win the gubernatorial race. Fellow supporters included insurance tycoon Patrick Ryan (who gave $250,000), oil titan Ray Lee Hunt ($50,000) and hotel king Robert Rowling ($25,000). 

In a year with a presidential election, her contributions wouldn’t qualify as much for McMahon, who donated $18.4 million to support federal candidates in the 2020 cycle—enough to qualify as the 12th-largest billionaire donor in the country. But in an off-year, like 2021, $150,000 stands out. McMahon, who ran for Senate twice before joining Trump’s cabinet, has only chipped in $108,600 to the campaigns of federal candidates and causes this year. 

Her other donations include a $58,000 contribution to the political action committee GOP Winning Women, which donates to Republican women running for Congress. She also gave $10,000 to the Connecticut Republican Party. McMahon made smaller contributions to candidates such as Republican Jane Timken, who is running for Senator Rob Portman’s open Ohio Senate seat, as well as to Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL).