Often identified as “Christian billionaire Phil Anschutz”, he is a Republican donor who supported George W. Bush‘s administration. He has been an active patron of a number of religious and conservative causes:
- Helped fund Colorado‘s 1992 Amendment 2, a ballot initiative designed to overturn local and state laws that prohibit discrimination against individuals on the basis of sexual orientation but was invalidated by Romer v. Evans after it passed.
- Contributed $70,000 in 2003 to the Discovery Institute, to specifically support the work of telecom guru George Gilder but not matters related to intelligent design. That fact was validated by Discovery President Bruce Chapman in a letter-to-the-editor to the Rocky Mounatain News, “Anschutz never gave that program a nickel,”
- Supported the Parents Television Council, a group that protests against television indecency.
- Financed and distributed films with Christian themes, such as Amazing Grace and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, for mass audiences through his two film production companies and ownership of much of the Regal, Edwards and United Artists theater chains.
- Financed The Foundation for a Better Life.
- In 2009 Anschutz purchased the conservative American opinion magazine The Weekly Standard from Rupert Murdoch‘s News Corporation.
- Philip Anschutz and fellow board members of the American Petroleum Institute in Washington are credited by Bush’s energy secretary for the Oval Office decision to kill the Kyoto Protocol in 2001.
More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Anschutz