Ex-Best Buy CEO quits Mayo Clinic board: 4 things to know

Former Best Buy CEO Brad Anderson resigned from the board of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., after he confirmed he donated $25,000 in 2016 to Secure America Now, a conservative group that circulated inflammatory anti-Muslim ads before the 2016 election, according to Minnesota Public Radio News.

Here are four things to know.

1. On April 5, the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets blog first reported Mr. Anderson and an organization linked to Best Buy founder Richard Schulze each donated $25,000 to Secure America Now in 2016.

2. After the controversy surfaced, a Mayo Clinic spokesperson confirmed Mr. Anderson resigned from the Mayo board of trustees, and Mayo accepted his resignation, according to the report.

3. In an interview April 5 with MPR News, Mr. Anderson said he contributed the funds to Secure America Now after meeting with the organization's president multiple times. Mr. Anderson said they primarily discussed the security of Israel during the meetings.

4. Mr. Anderson told MPR News he first learned April 5 that Secure America Now distributed inflammatory anti-Muslim videos. He said he would not have contributed to the organization had he known about the videos.

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