LOS ANGELES - MARCH 6:  Philip Anschutz of AEG attends a game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on March 6, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2009 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Philip Anschutz

Coachella’s owner accused of far-right activism

On the week of the Coachella lineup launching, the owner of AEG (parent company to Coachella Festival and London’s O2 Arena), has come under fire for reports of alleged far-right activism.

Consequence of Sound have reported that billionaire Philip Anschutz has used the revenue from AEG to provide substantial financial support for anti-LGBTQ organisations, such as the Alliance Defending Freedom, the National Christian Foundation and the Family Research Council. According to a report in the Washington Post, groups on this list are “aggressively working to chip away at the equal rights of LGBTQ Americans.”

Anschutz also put also has a history of putting his support behind anti-gay legislation such as Colorado’s Amendment 2 which aimed to give landowners and employers the right to discriminate against homosexuals.

He also takes frequent meetings with to discuss strategy with the billionaire Koch brothers, two of the country’s leading anti-environmentalist activists. His financial support to the Koch brothers has also been funnelled into a number of climate change science denial organisations, as Greenpeace notes.

Uproxx and Afropunk first noted Anschutz which prompted the reporting across the music press.

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