RFK Jr.’s VP Pick Urges Supporters to Donate to Lawmakers Who Protect Constitutional Freedoms
RFK Jr.’s VP Pick Urges Supporters to Donate to Lawmakers Who Protect Constitutional Freedoms

By Chase Smith

Independent Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s vice presidential pick Nicole Shanahan, once a staunch supporter of the Democratic party, urged supporters to follow her lead and donate to members of Congress who are Constitutional advocates—and the first member on her list is a libertarian Republican.

“Gearing up to make some big donations to members of Congress who are protecting our Constitutional freedoms,” Ms. Shanahan said in a social media post on X, formerly Twitter, on May 9. “Who are your favorite[s]? [Rep. Thomas Massie] is at the top [of] my list.”

Mr. Massie, a Kentucky Republican, was a vocal ally in Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s (R-Ga.) effort to oust Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) from his seat earlier this week. He has been described as a conservative libertarian. The Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) ranking him the fifth most conservative Representative.

Mr. Massie’s announcement supporting Ms. Greene came one day after Mr. Johnson announced that the House would take up four bills to give assistance to Israel, Ukraine, and Taiwan, in addition to legislation to ban TikTok.

After the failed vote to oust Mr. Johnson this week, Mr. Massie posted on X, “America is on a path that won’t end well. We are borrowing money at an unsustainable rate, accumulating enemies through endless war, and eroding rights like free speech & privacy. A Uniparty controls it.”

He accompanied the post with a list of the Republicans, including himself, that voted in favor of proceeding with the vote to oust Mr. Johnson.

Ms. Shanahan did not make any additional comments on other Representatives she would donate to or reasons for her support of Mr. Massie in particular.

Shanahan’s Prior Bankrolling

On March 27, Ms. Shanahan sent $2 million to Team Kennedy as a “candidate for vice president contribution.”

The donation was the largest single contribution to the Kennedy campaign during the month. It surpassed the about $1.3 million American Values 2024 collected in March.

Ms. Shanahan, a lawyer, entrepreneur, and investor, was formerly married to Google co-founder Sergey Brin. In May 2023, she sent Mr. Kennedy $6,600.

According to donor records maintained by watchdog group OpenSecrets, Ms. Shanahan is not a significant political donor. However, she has given limited amounts to Democratic candidates, including President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in the past.

Ms. Shanahan has donated to the presidential campaigns of Democrats Pete Buttigieg and Marianne Williamson in previous years, according to Forbes.

In 2020, she gave the Biden Victory Fund $25,000.

When Mr. Kennedy was still running in the Democratic presidential primary, Ms. Shanahan contributed the maximum of $6,600 to the candidate’s campaign, the New York Times reported.

She gave $4 million to American Values 2024 and helped create the Super Bowl television ad last month.

A longtime donor to Democratic presidential campaigns, Ms. Shanahan founded Clear Access IP (now IPwe), a tech law firm that uses AI to analyze and manage client patent portfolios.

In 2020, she left the company and founded the Bia-Echo Foundation, which according to its website, invests in “reproductive longevity and equality, criminal justice reform, and a healthy and livable planet.”

Ms. Shanahan told USA Today that she is “definitely interested” in further supporting RFK Jr. for president.

“In my opinion, he is the best presidential candidate we have on the issues close to my heart: environmental health, regenerative agriculture, and social justice,” she said.

In an introduction video played at the event announcing her as RFK’s VP pick, she said she decided to make the “move as an independent now because I’ve been finding it harder to find the leadership in the White House that presents the issues closest to my heart.”

She said the two political convictions she holds today are “to serve peace, and to help those in poverty.”

Jeff Louderback and Austin Alonzo contributed to this report. 

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