The Smoking Gun reported in January that WWE gave $5 million to the Donald J. Trump Foundation in 2010 due to his involvement in WWE storylines.
The donation became a political talking point when Trump recently offered to pay $5 million to the charity of President Obama’s choice if he would release his college and passport records. This caused WWE to release the following statement:
“WWE has not made any donation to the Donald J. Trump Foundation,” WWE’s Brian Flinn told Hearst Newspapers Wednesday evening. “However, as I understand it, the Vince and Linda McMahon Family Foundation has donated $5 million in total to the Donald J. Trump Foundation.”
Flinn told the media Thursday morning the money actually came directly from Vince McMahon.
The McMahon family has distanced itself from Trump following the remarks as Linda McMahon is in a tight race for United States Senate in Connecticut. Running as a Republican in a state where President Obama has a double-digit lead, Linda is trying to appeal to Obama supporters. Check out the following political ad: