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Sony Pictures chair has many ties to Obama

By Laurie Bennett

December 22, 2014 at 9:29am

It was more than a little surprising to hear President Obama criticize Sony Pictures last week, given the company chairman’s longtime support of the White House.

As the interactive Muckety map above shows, Michael Lynton and his family have backed Obama campaigns in a big way.

Michael Lynton
Michael Lynton

He and his wife, Elizabeth “Jamie” Alter, were Obama bundlers in 2008 and 2012. Alter’s cousins, Robert and Charles Rivkin, also raised funds for Obama’s first presidential run.

Altogether, family members raised more than $445,000 for the two White House campaigns.

Support for Obama began even earlier. Alter’s mother raised money for Obama’s 2004 Senate bid.

Yet Obama was pointed in his criticism of Sony for cancelling the release of “The Interview,” after hacker threats.

“I am sympathetic to the concerns that they faced. Having said all that, yes, I think they made a mistake,” Obama said.

Lynton replied in kind.

“The president, the press and the public are mistaken as to what actually happened,” Lynton then told CNN. “…We have not caved. We have not given in. We have persevered.”

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