Coachella Promoters Donated to Anti-Pot Groups

Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), which also owns several sports franchises and sports/concert venues, was founded by Philip Anschutz whose family foundation has given millions of dollars to conservative causes Рincluding anti-cannabis legalization groups. According to 2016 tax returns, The Anschutz Foundation donated $50,000 to SAM Inc. (Smart Approaches to Marijuana), and another $110,000 to its partner organization, Smart Colorado. It gave another $50,000 to Smart Colorado in 2015. The goal was to counter the impact of Amendment 64, the recreational-marijuana legalization initiative the state’s voters passed in 2012.

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