- The Washington Times - Friday, February 14, 2020

Some employees at major tech firm Oracle are circulating a petition calling on Chairman Larry Ellison to cancel an upcoming fundraiser for President Trump at his California estate.

Mr. Ellison, the fifth-richest person in the U.S., is slated to host Mr. Trump Wednesday at his estate in Rancho Mirage, where donors can pay $250,000 to golf with the president, take a photo with him and take part in a roundtable discussion with him.

Vox reported Thursday that several current employees had raised concerns about the tech firm getting involved in politics.

“It signals what I and many others have always feared,” one employee told the outlet. “Culturally, Oracle is the type of place where you’ll work with many lovely people who you share common ideals with, but those ideals have to be left at the door in service of the company.”

“This fundraiser is a slap in the face to all of us, especially as Larry champions the environment and is building a hospital,” another said. “This shows that he cares about money over all else. And that is what matters. But what is the average employee to do?”

On Friday, a group called Oracle Employees for Ethics launched a petition calling on Mr. Ellison to cancel the event.

Larry Ellison’s personal implicit endorsement and financial support of Donald Trump not only damages our brand perception and misrepresents the diverse views of our company, but it adversely affects the morale of the individuals and communities who comprise Oracle,” the petition states. “We are signing this petition because we want our voices heard and we refuse to be complacent and complicit in Larry Ellison’s support of such a divisive person.”

As of Friday afternoon, the petition only had 86 signatures. Oracle currently employs 136,000 people.

“I personally love that Ellison is willing to stand up for what he believes in even though it goes against the grain of what most people in the field and employees at his company believe politically,” one employee told Vox.

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