FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Sheridan Brown
Grantham, NH – (11/2) Amid a number of corporate and large individual contributions, another controversial figure has been discovered in the campaign finance reports of New Hampshire gubernatorial candidate Chris Sununu.
On June 20, 2018, Sununu accepted $5000 from Ray Irani of Los Angeles, California. Irani, listed as an “Investor” with “Ray Investments” previously served as the CEO of Occidental Petroleum (1990-2012) and as a member of the Wynn Resorts Board of Directors.
According to an Associated Press Report, Irani and another director resigned from the Wynn Resorts Board in March, “hours after the state of Oregon revealed it had sued gambling mogul Steve Wynn and the company’s board of directors for allegedly failing to act in the best interests of shareholders and stop sexual misconduct at Wynn Resorts.”
Additionally, in 2016, three workers at Irani’s Bel-Air mansion sued the billionaire, claiming they were trafficked to the United States via the Middle East and subjected to grueling work conditions. The Filipino women were forced to spend as much as sixteen hours a day cooking, cleaning, and giving massages. They were allegedly paid $1200 a month, and their passports were allegedly confiscated to prevent them from leaving. Irani did not fight these charges at trial, but instead entered into an undisclosed settlement of the lawsuit with the workers.
As CEO of Occidental Petroleum, Irani earned an average of $80 million per year in his final ten years and had received $321 million in just 2006.
The contribution came to light as part of an ongoing analysis of Sununu donors by Grantham Attorney Sheridan Brown. Brown has converted the paper campaign finance filings required by the state into a searchable online database at https://nhnotforsale.com.