Ukrainian-born billionaire Len Blavatnik, who holds dual U.S.-U.K. citizenship, used to be a fairly run-of-the-mill campaign contributor, donating relatively modest amounts in a bipartisan fashion — until the 2016 election cycle hit.
Beginning in 2015, Blavatnik lavished contributions on Republicans, with Senator Marco Rubio raking in a cool $1.5 million.
Blavatnik contributed a total of $1.5 million to PACs associated with Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida. He contributed $1.25 million to the Conservative Solutions PAC in the name of Access Industries, then another $250,000 to the Florida First Project via AI-Altep Holdings.
Blavatnik, whose family emigrated to the U.S. in the late 1970s, is a longtime business associate of Russian oligarchs Oleg Deripaska and Viktor Vekselberg, both of whom have ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Along with Rubio, Republican Senators Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham received hefty sums from Blavatnik as well.