A major Silicon Valley billionaire is putting his money where his mouth is, and is proposing a HUGE challenge for Donald Trump.
Reid Hoffman, the co-founder of LinkedIn, just made Trump an offer that should be very enticing for a man who claims to have donated millions to veterans…If Trump releases his tax returns by October 19th, the date of the last presidential debate, Hoffman will donate up to $5 million to veteran groups.
Think Trump will bite?
The idea came from a crowd-funding campaign started by Peter Kiernan, a veteran of the Marines once deployed to Afghanistan. Kiernan said he would donate to 10 veteran’s groups should Trump release his taxes and began a raising money to do so on Crowdpac.com.
In a Medium post published on Monday afternoon, Hoffman expressed his support for Kiernan’s campaign, and upped the ante by promising to quintuple the final total raised by Kiernan, up to $5 million.
In his post, Hoffman also noted both the tactic and the actual dollar amount should have special significance to the GOP nominee: In 2012, Trump offered Barack Obama $5 million to release his college transcripts, his passport applications, and other documents.
As Hoffman explains, the proposal “gives Trump a strong incentive to act but doesn’t reward him directly for something he should have already done. Instead, men and women to whom all Americans owe a great debt of gratitude will benefit from any positive action he takes.”