Online media mogul hosts McMahon fund-raiser

In June, town resident Tim Armstrong, AOL’s CEO and founder of Connecticut news websites, hosted a fund-raiser for Connecticut’s Republican U.S. Senate candidate and former WWE CEO Linda McMahon, who is also a Greenwich resident.

AOL launched its Greenwich Patch website in 2010. The online media company now covers 75 Connecticut towns and cities, making it one of the largest online media companies in the state.

The fund-raiser was held at Armstrong’s Riverside home in late June, Ms. McMahon’s campaign confirmed for Hersam Acorn Newspapers last week. Ms. McMahon listed the event as an in-kind contribution worth $2,500, and it was coded as an in-kind disbursement with the Federal Election Commission. In-kind contributions must be reported as an operating expenditure, even though no money was actually spent, according to the commission.

When asked if the fund-raiser was successful, Kate Duffy, McMahon’s deputy communications director, told Hersam Acorn Newspapers that, “All our fund-raisers are successful.”

Mr. Armstrong, who founded Patch in 2007, became CEO of AOL in 2009. He soon acquired Patch for AOL. He was previously president of Google’s Americas operation.

Mr. Armstrong did not respond to two requests for comment to his office.

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