Bobby Kotick, chief executive officer of Activision Blizzard Inc., walks into the grounds after the morning session at the Allen & Co. conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, US, on Thursday, July 13, 2017.
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Bobby Kotick, CEO of video game maker Activision, has another secret company that he used to donate a lot of money to Republican campaigns.
The company, Norgate LLC, contributed $500,000 through two separate checks to the Senate Leadership Fund during the 2020 election cycle, according to Slice Mag-reviewed Federal Election Commission documents. That political action committee is led by allies of Senate leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and was created to support Republicans running for Senate.
Slice Mag had reported Tuesday that another secret Kotick company, called 807080A LLC, had made large donations to Republican charities.
On one of his two FEC filings, Norgate lists an identical California address at 807080A LLC. The latter company has contributed at least $100,000 to fund Republican efforts, including a super PAC that supports former Bridgewater CEO Dave McCormick, who is running for the Pennsylvania Senate seat in a GOP primaries.
The second Norgate FEC application shows an address that according to Google Maps is about a minute’s walk from the other location.
Slice Mag first reported on 807080A and their donation to the pro-McCormick outside group. Both private companies have matching addresses of two Kotick foundations. The contribution to the Senate Leadership Fund is the largest known donation the CEO of Activision has made to a political organization.
Donors often use LLCs to hide their identities and avoid scrutiny when funding their favorite candidates for office. Real estate manager Stephen Rosenberg at the time used a shell company to back President Donald Trump after years of supporting Democrats.
While Democrats gained a small lead in the Senate in the 2020 election, Republicans fended off numerous challengers across the country. According to data from the impartial Center for Responsive Politics, the Senate leadership fund spent more than $270 million during that cycle on Democrats running for Senate seats. Aside from the Democratic victories in Georgia, data shows that the super PAC helped Republicans win in North Carolina, Iowa, Montana, and South Carolina, among others.
The watchdog Campaign Legal Center flagged the Norgate donations to Slice Mag. The group said its investigators have confirmed that the “PMB K” personal mailbox listed on one of the Norgate FEC filings corresponds to a single registration known as “personal mailbox K”. The watchdog said its investigation revealed the names of a Kotick foundation, Norgate and Kotick themselves, in that mailbox.
Mark Herr, a spokesperson for Kotick, told Slice Mag in an emailed statement Thursday that the video game manager has given nearly the same amount to Democrats and Republicans over the past five years. He also pointed to the work of a Kotick-led foundation. The statement provides no further details about Norgate LLC.
“Over the past five years, Mr. Kotick has contributed roughly the same amount to Democrats and Republicans. His contributions are targeted at candidates and causes, primarily in support of veteran issues and especially veteran employment,” Herr said. “His donations and those of the Call of Duty Foundation, of which he co-chairs, aims to ensure that all veterans have employment opportunities that reflect the sacrifices they make through their service.”
That rep previously told Slice Mag that 807080A LLC was being used to manage some of Kotick’s investments. While Kotick has given to both major political parties, records show that his larger individual checks have gone primarily to Republicans.
Kotick and Activision have been in the spotlight in recent months.
Microsoft announced in January that it agreed to buy Activision in a deal worth more than $68 billion. Microsoft has said it aims to complete the deal by 2023.
Activision has also been the focus of numerous reports detailing allegations of sexual misconduct.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Kotick was aware of the allegations and at times failed to notify the company’s board of directors. An Activision Blizzard spokeswoman said at the time that Kotick “would not have been notified of any report of misconduct at any Activision Blizzard company, nor would he reasonably have been expected to have been notified of all personnel matters.”