Democratic megadonor and LinkedIn Co-founder Reid Hoffman planned to visit deceased sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein’s private island on two occasions in 2014, documents reviewed by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) show.
Hoffman and former MIT Media Lab Director Joi Ito were scheduled to visit Epstein’s private island Little St. James in March and November 2014, the documents show. Epstein planned for them to travel to Palm Beach before the second island visit and fly to Boston after the weekend at his island, WSJ reported. (RELATED: REPORT: Epstein’s Private Calendar Shows Meetings With International Business, Political Power Players)
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In December 2014, Epstein arranged for Hoffman to stay at his Manhattan townhouse after a late flight into New York City. A breakfast party with Epstein, Hoffman, Bill Gates and others was scheduled for the next morning, the documents show.
Hoffman told the WSJ he visited Epstein’s island one time on a fundraising trip with Ito and his last interaction with Epstein took place in 2015. He previously told Axios he regretted funding MIT’s Media Lab and interacting with Epstein at Ito’s request.
Epstein allegedly flew underage women out to his private island to sexually abuse them. The island was the center of his alleged international sex trafficking ring and many of his alleged crimes happened there, the U.S. Virgin Islands Attorney General said in December.
A longtime Democratic donor, Hoffman was one of the party’s largest funders in the 2020 and 2022 election cycles, according to nonpartisan campaign finance watchdog OpenSecrets. He spent more than $15 million supporting Democrats in 2022 and $14.5 million in 2020, OpenSecrets found.
Hoffman built a big-money fundraising machine to defeat then-President Donald Trump, Vox reported in 2020. He built a large Silicon Valley fundraising network to aid the party and reportedly looked into what a donor could do to assist the party with collecting mail-in ballots. (RELATED: Tech Billionaire Who Bankrolled Numerous Disinformation Projects Linked To $620,000 Donation To Fusion GPS’s Legal Fund)
Before that, Hoffman funded online disinformation campaigns aimed at conservative voters. He apologized to the New York Times in 2018 for financing a project by tech firm New Knowledge to create fake online personas designed to influence conservatives in the 2017 Alabama Senate special election. He funded a similar project in 2018 to create misleading Facebook advertisements to suppress Republican voter turnout ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.
Additionally, Hoffman is funding journalist E. Jean Carroll’s ongoing rape lawsuit against former President Donald Trump, and told podcaster Kara Swisher he would “spend as much as I possibly can” to destroy Trump.
Epstein was sentenced by Florida prosecutors in 2008 for procuring and soliciting a minor for prostitution. Federal prosecutors charged Epstein for alleged sex trafficking in July 2019 and he was found dead in his New York jail cell a month later. His longtime partner and co-conspirator Ghislaine Maxwell was sentenced to 20 years in prison in June 2022 for conspiring with Epstein to sexually abuse minors.