Marvel chief Ike Perlmutter arranged for comic book characters to ring the NYSE closing bell with the VA secretary in 2017, according to a new government audit. Perlmutter has denied benefiting from his role as an informal adviser to President Trump. https://t.co/jF2DUEKza7— ProPublica (@propublica) June 6, 2020
Captain America and Spider-Man appeared at a suicide prevention awareness event with the Department of Veterans Affairs. At the time no one knew what they were doing there.
It turns out it was a result of Marvel Entertainment chairman Ike Perlmutter who Donald Trump had given influence as an advisor over Veterans Affairs. Perlmutter is close friends with Trump and was one of his biggest donors during the 2016 election. Before the event Perlmutter told officials that he had 'arranged' for the superheroes to attend the event. Concerned about the ethics of such a promotion one official wrote to an agency lawyer “Marvel Communications is doing this and we don’t, as far as I know, do business with them."
The event in question:
Captain America and Spider-Man stand alongside heroic veterans at the @NYSE to honor our nation's veterans and support the #BeThere campaign. Learn more at https://t.co/XjwGAgzj47. pic.twitter.com/5r6uVw7epn— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) November 7, 2017
Perlmutter has denied benefiting from his role as an advisor to Trump. Disney has yet to comment.