According to recent FEC filings, Republican U.S. Senator Tom Cotton has received additional campaign donations with money made off of the war in Ukraine.
In early April, an Insider report revealed that Cotton received “tens of thousands of dollars in campaign cash from a hedge fund investor who’s reportedly made millions of dollars from commodity speculations that have paid off since Russia invaded Ukraine.”
Cotton’s campaign and affiliated PACs received over $43,000 from hedge fund millionaire Eric Mandelblatt, who personally profited off of Putin’s war crimes. Mandelblatt’s company, Soroban Capital, made “at least several hundred million dollars” following Russia’s invasion.
Now, recent FEC filings show a second Soroban investor made a large donation to help fill Cotton’s campaign coffers.
This isn’t the first time Cotton has been criticized for contributions to his campaign. Back in 2015, he refunded a white supremacist for a $1500 donation, but only after reporting from The Guardian.
Will Cotton return almost $50,000 in donations, or will he continue to profit while Ukrainians suffer?