AMONG THE “megaodonors” who are pouring billions into President Trump’s presidential war chest, is Marvel Entertainment’s Chairman, Ike Perlmutter.
According to the Los Angeles Times, “Perlmutter has long been close to the Trump camp, and he’s already turned on the fundraising tap for 2020. According to CNBC, Perlmutter and his wife have each given $360,600 to the Trump Victory Joint Fundraising Committee, ranking them among the campaign’s top donors.”
During the 2018 cycle, Perlmutter, who is worth an estimated $5.2 billion, and his wife donated over $2 million to conservative candidates and organizations. He is also considered part of what ProPublica called the “Mar-a-Lago Crowd,” a tight circle of unofficial advisors to the President.
In December 2016, West Palm Beach doctor Bruce Moskowitz allegedly interceded in negotiations over a major VA contract, an official from the department noted that, “We just had to make the Mar-a-Lago guys comfortable with the deal. They have someone’s ear. Power and influence are power and influence.”
He and Perlmutter helped broker a Mar-a-Lago meeting between Trump and leading health care executives from Mayo, the Johns Hopkins University Hospital, the Cleveland Clinic and other big systems.
Perlmutter has been advising Trump on veterans affairs since before the inauguration. Some news reports say the Israeli-born businessman’s interest in veterans stems from serving in the Six-Day War of 1967.
While Marvel Entertainment and Marvel Studios are both subsidiaries of Disney, each is an independent entity responsible for different portions of the empire and with its own executives. Marvel Studios is the operation most associated with the recent blockbuster film franchises; Marvel Entertainment controls licensing deals, comic books, video games, and certain film projects.