Hillary Clinton’s campaign has garnered the support of Harry Sloan, the former MGM chief and longtime donor and fundraiser who backed John Kasich in the primary, and Mitt Romney and John McCain in the past two presidential election cycles.
Sloan, currently CEO of Global Eagle Acquisition Corp., had long been vocal about his misgivings about Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, and he gave the maximum $2,700-per-person contributions to Clinton’s primary and general election campaigns last month.
“I was an active and proud supporter of John McCain, Mitt Romney, and John Kasich,” Sloan said in a statement. “And if we had a different Republican presidential candidate this year, I would likely be proudly supporting them. But Donald Trump does not embody the values that have made me a lifelong Republican. He is unprepared and temperamentally unfit to be our President. Most of my Republican friends feel the same way. As a businessman, a father, and a conservative, it is clear to me that Hillary Clinton is the right choice in this election.”
Sloan was on the national finance committee for McCain in 2008, Romney in 2012, and Kasich in 2016. He was California finance chair for Romney and is on the McCain Institute’s board of directors. His wife, Florence, was a delegate at the 2008 convention and he was an alternate.
Update: In an interview, Sloan said that he made a decision to endorse Clinton after attending a fundraiser last month at the home of Marc Nathanson, the chairman of Mapleton Investments and the founder of Falcon Cable.
Sloan said that at a Q&A after Clinton spoke, the first question posed was from Sherry Lansing, who was a co-host of the event. She asked what her priorities would be in the first hundred days, or “honeymoon” period after taking office.
Clinton, Sloan said, mentioned an energy bill and immigration reform.
“As a businessman, I think those are the two I would have mentioned,” he said. “Those are issues that matter to me.” He also cited her plans to invest in infrastructure and education and not “crazy spending.”
He then contacted the campaign and told them that he wanted to help out organizing Republican support for Clinton.
“I was actually so impressed,” he said. “I felt that she spoke to me as a Republican.”
Sloan said that he hopes that other Republicans in entertainment and in Southern California will follow. Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman last week announced that she would vote for Clinton, and there are reports that she is gathering a list of GOP business executives who will also back her campaign.
Sloan said that he did not consider voting for Trump after Kasich dropped out.
“I expected him to moderate and move to the center, but I promised myself I wouldn’t fall for that,” he said, adding that while candidates do get “enlightened on a lot of issues,” that doesn’t apply to “racism and a constitutional ban on religious freedom.”