If you thought dropping $100 million on two failed Senate campaigns and the slew of negative coverage that resulted from those campaigns was enough to stop Linda McMahon, well then you'd be wrong. Despite her previous political embarrassments, McMahon is diving back into the political cesspool in a behind-the-scenes role.
According to Politico:
Having made hundreds of millions of dollars heading an overwhelmingly male entertainment operation, McMahon is now a rare new female player in the male-dominated world of billionaire political kingpins.
In 2014, McMahon and her husband, WWE CEO Vince McMahon, have already contributed about $1 million to federal candidates, party committees and super PACs, including Karl Rove's American Crossroads, the research and tracking group America Rising and TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts' group Ending Spending, according to a review of public finance records.
While these contributions may seem like small potatoes in the lavish world of political donations, Politico notes they have provided a foot in the door as she forges a path as one of the largest female donors:
She has been welcomed into the fold of billionaire donors clustered around New York hedge fund mogul Paul Singer: McMahon attended a December event organized for the Singer-backed joint fundraising committee Friends for an American Majority, which has routed big sums of money to GOP Senate candidates in four states. McMahon again joined Singer and his finance-oriented cohort for a February donor retreat in Aspen, mingling with powerful Washington figures including House Speaker John Boehner.
In that largely male environment, McMahon’s donations have already made her one of the most prolific female givers on the right.
Although McMahon refused to be interviewed for the piece, I highly recommend you read the entire thing to find out the reactions of those within the political community to her transition from failed candidate to big ticket donor.
What do you think, Cagesiders? Will this bear more fruits for McMahon then her electoral campaigns? Is McMahon serious about politics or just trying to get a seat at the big kids table? Sound off below.