CEO and Chairman of Anschutz Entertainment Group Philip Anschutz, owner of Coachella through the company, attends MusiCares Person of the Year on February 8, 2019 in Los Angeles, California (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for NARAS)

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival ended April 24 after drawing some 125,000 daily attendees over two weeks for the first time in three years following cancellations in 2020 and 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The festival has been outfitted with safe spaces following backlash over owner Philip Anschutz’s donations to political groups and Republican candidates who voted against LGBTQ+ rights.

But Anschutz continued to pour money into political contributions to benefit Republicans.

As one of only two billionaires to appear on the Forbes 400 list of America’s richest every year since 1982, Anschutz has an estimated net worth of around $11 billion. Anschutz owns Coachella along with a number of other entities ranging from the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings hockey team to the Washington Examiner, a conservative outlet, to subsidiaries and affiliates of his holding company. Anschutz Corp.

The octogenarian billionaire and his wife, Nancy Anschutz, have given more than $5 million in state and federal political contributions dating back to at least 1989, according to analysis by OpenSecrets. More than $3.7 million of those contributions came after the start of the 2016 election cycle and went almost entirely to Republican Party committees, candidates and conservative groups.

Super PACs, campaigns and political groups aligned with the Republican Party leadership have been among the main beneficiaries, collectively extracting millions of dollars from Anschutz.

Anschutz and his wife gave $960,000 to the Republican National Senate Committee, over $632,000 to the Congressional Republican National Committee, and $660,000 to the Republican National Committee. He also donated $75,000 to the McCarthy Victory Fund, another joint fundraising committee to benefit the NRCC as well as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and the PAC Majority Committee.

Anschutz Corp. also has a history of significant political giving, often boosting groups and candidates who have received contributions from Anschutz.

The Senate Leadership Fund is a primary beneficiary of political contributions from Anschutz and his company. Anschutz personally donated $1 million to the Senate Leadership Fund and Anschutz Corp. donated another $750,000.

CBS News reported this week that the super PAC, which is aligned with Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and the Republican Senate leadership, has earmarked more than $141 million in ad time ahead of the 2022 midterms. .

The House Republicans Congressional Leadership Fund also benefited from political donations from Anschutz and his company. The super PAC attracted $125,000 from Anschutz in 2021 and received a $250,000 contribution from the company as recently as March.

Also in March, Anschutz donated $58,000 to Team McConnell, a joint fundraising committee benefiting the NRSC with a slate of Republican senators, including Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.), Mike Crapo (R -Idaho), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), John Hoeven (RN.D.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), John Kennedy (R-La.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), McConnell, Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Tim Scott (RS.C. ), John Thune (RS.D. ) and Todd Young (R-Ind.).

Last month, Anschutz also donated $75,000 to the Scalise Leadership Fund to benefit Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), his Eye of the Tiger leadership PAC and the Republican National Committee of Congress.