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Marvel CEO's $1M donation to #Trump4Vets prompts reaction

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump announced at a fundraiser Thursday night that Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter would donate $1 million US to his charitable foundation, and comic book fans took to Twitter in reaction.

Forbes reports 1% of Trump Foundation's donations go to veterans

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally for veterans in Des Moines, Iowa, on Thursday instead of attending a Republican debate organized by Fox News. (Rick Wilking/Reuters)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump announced at a fundraiser Thursday night that Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter would donate $1 million US to his charitable foundation, and comic book fans took to Twitter in reaction. 

Trump held what his team called a "special event to benefit veterans' organizations" at Drake University in Iowa, near where the rest of the Republican front-runners held a debate hosted by Fox News

Trump had boycotted the debate as a result of his escalating feud with the news channel. 

In announcing the donation, Trump called Perlmutter, "one of the great, great men of our country in terms of business and talent."

A representative for Perlumtter said, "The Perlmutters are thrilled to support their friend Donald Trump in his efforts to help veterans," reported The Hollywood Reporter

The New York Times reported that Perlmutter's wife, Laura, donated $2 million to Marco Rubio's campaign. 

On Twitter, reaction to the announcement came quickly. The donation had its detractors, like filmmaker Michael Moore. 

 

But Trump supporters applauded the donation

Still more reaction came Friday morning

Jordan White, a writer for Marvel, replied to Michael Moore's tweet saying that a Marvel boycott would jeopardize the livelihoods of a lot of people

Supporters of Trump correctly pointed out that Perlmutter's donation was to the Donald Trump for Veterans cause, not to Trump's campaign

However, the website donaldtrumpforvets.com, set up for the event, accepts donations not to a veterans' charity but to the Donald J. Trump Foundation, Trump's personal non-profit organization

A report in Forbes magazine in December found that about 1% of the foundation's contributions were to organizations that directly benefit military veterans. 

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