While the individual maximum donation is $449,400, the “double max” is when fundraisers find a wealthy donor who will also give the maximum contribution in the name of his wife, as Kumar has done.
Kumar whose company AVG Advanced Technologies manufactures and sells electronics products, flew in from India on Jul 16 morning and went straight to the Hamptons to meet with Trump at a mansion there.
He said he was so impressed by Trump — it was the first time the two had met — that by the afternoon Kumar had wired $449,400 to Trump Victory.
Kumar was already sold on supporting Trump before he met the presumptive GOP nominee, but he had a few lingering concerns that he wanted to iron out in a one-on-one meeting. Kumar was referring to Trump’s campaign trail wisecrack about Indian call center workers and Trump’s use of a mock Indian accent. While Kumar didn’t bring up the call center mocking in his conversation with Trump, he said he was reassured that Trump loves India and the Indian people. Kumar has pledged to personally spend $2 million on Republican candidates this cycle.
No super-PAC yet exists for that money, but “that is being organized,” Kumar said. Through his group, the Republican Hindu Coalition, which launched last Nov and held an event Jul 19 in Cleveland to coincide with the convention, Kumar plans to raise another $10 million to help Republicans in vulnerable swing seats. An electronic engineer from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, and Illinois Institute of Technology, Kumar a son of a civil servant, made his fortune through AVG Advanced Technologies, a company he founded in the area of automation controls, semiconductors, telecommunications, thick-film hybrids, electronic component manufacturing and distribution. He was initially a Democrat before becoming a “Reagan Democrat,” inspired by the late President’s support for small businesses such as his at that time. His elder son Vikram Aditya is married to 2007 Miss India Earth Pooja Chitgopekar. Their wedding took place in New Zealand and was hailed as the most lavish in NZ history. Kumar is one of Modi’s most influential supporters in the US, and has rubbished the 2002 Gujarat riots charges on Modi.