Follow the money - Who funded/s Trump and ... Breitbart / Bannon

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Follow the money - Who funded/s Trump and ... Breitbart / Bannon & Why?

What Does the Billionaire Family Backing Donald Trump Really Want?

Hedge-fund billionaire Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah both hate the Clintons. And beyond that, not much is clear about the motivations of the Mercer father-daughter duo of Republican megadonors who have become two of the most powerful people in the country over the last 18 months.

They were among the earliest and strongest backers of Donald Trump while other elite donors still disdained him. It turned out to be a good investment. But now, with their favored candidate freshly installed as president of the United States, it remains unclear what they believe, or what they hope their investment will yield.
READ the article to find out more .. if interested.


Meet Robert Mercer, the Mysterious Billionaire Benefactor of Breitbart

Bannon critics can apparently blame Rebekah; she pushed Trump to bring him on board, the Republican fundraising insider says. Her ties with Bannon go back a few years or more. They served together as officers of at least two nonprofits, Reclaim New York and the Government Accountability Institute. They have also produced at least one documentary together, Clinton Cash, a fearmongering look at the Clinton family’s finances. It was also Rebekah who convinced Trump to hire Conway, according to the fundraising insider. “She is like her dad,” says the Media Research Center’s Bozell. “She understands issues, she understands people, she has a very good read on what’s real and what’s BS.”
One of Mercer’s biggest and most intriguing investments was not in a nonprofit and does not appear listed anywhere—he gave at least $10 million to Breitbart News, according to someone involved in Republican fundraising circuits who asked that Newsweek not name him in order to protect his political relationships (he says he knows firsthand about the transaction). Bloomberg reported the money was invested in 2011.
As they say .. follow the money. Interesting reading. Thought I would post this AS A SEPERATE thread because it is a specific topic around Trump, something I had not heard of, that is, WHO funded him. Naively, I always thought he funded himself alone, looks like thats not the case?

Both articles also detail the history and links between Breitbart / Bannon and Trump. Mercer funds both Breitbart and Trumps campaign. Apparently Mercers daughter is the one who got BANNON & KELLY ANNE into the Whitehouse top table. This is what i am mainly intrigued about.

Interested in your thoughts on Mercer - Breitbart / Bannon - Trump connections ..
 
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Hillary spent roughly twice what Trump did and had plenty of wealthy cheerleaders and free PR from 90% of the press. She still couldn't win, despite the fact that the biggest spender almost always does in US politics.
 

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Hillary spent roughly twice what Trump did and had plenty of wealthy cheerleaders and free PR from 90% of the press. She still couldn't win, despite the fact that the biggest spender almost always does in US politics.
Equinox ... Believe it or not I am not siding with one or the other here. However TRUMP won and is now President. Who What funded Hillary is of less interest.

I am also very interested in this Bannon / Breitbart link with Trump. This seems to tell us the possible history of this.
 

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Trumps biggest donors consider abandoning new political arm - POLITICO

Tensions between President Donald Trump’s senior political aides and a pair of his most important donors are threatening to upend plans for an outside political group expected to play a key role in advancing his agenda.

Now, just days after Trump’s inauguration, the donors expected to provide much of the funding for the group — the hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer and his daughter, Rebekah Mercer — are considering abandoning the effort and launching an independent effort of their own, a half-dozen sources with knowledge of the situation told POLITICO.


It is unclear precisely why Rebekah Mercer became unhappy with the plans for the organization, though tensions surfaced between her and Brad Parscale, who served as the Trump campaign’s digital director, during a December meeting in Trump Tower.
 

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“She (Rebekah) understands issues, she understands people, she has a very good read on what’s real and what’s BS.”
Well then either Rebekah doesn't mind employing BS when it suits her agenda or she sees right through Trump and his cronies and the relentless BS emitted by them... particularly when off script or on Twitter... which seems to be most of the time...
 

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How Donald Trump Kingmaker-Billionaires Robert and Rebekah Mercer Have Poured Millions Into Climate Science Denial

A DeSmog analysis of Federal Electoral Commission returns shows Robert Mercer, the reclusive hedge fund manager, has donated $30.1 million to politics since January 2015 (a further $2.3 million has come from daughter Rebekah and wife Diana).

Some $15 million of Robert Mercer’s money went into the Make America Number 1 super-PAC that was headed by Rebekah Mercer and that bankrolled the final months of Donald Trump’s campaign. One source told The Hill: “The Mercers basically own this campaign.”

But DeSmog has found the Mercers have also pumped at least $22 million into organizations that push climate science denial while blocking moves to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Ok ..
 

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I believe Sheldon Adelson gave Trump $25M too.
YIP .. From Sept 2015:

Sheldon Adelson to give $25m boost to Trump Super Pac

Billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson plans to donate as much as $25m to a Super Pac supporting Donald Trump – five times what he had been expected to contribute.
I do realise Trump had other donors also .. but find the Mercer Son / Daughter + Breitbart links of main interest. I was always wondering how/why did Breitbart/Bannon get inside the whitehouse and get at such close quarters with the Donalds ear ..
 

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I've decided to boycott all things Trump. it's incredibly boring now. There's an FB page and everything.
 

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Equinox ... Believe it or not I am not siding with one or the other here. However TRUMP won and is now President. Who What funded Hillary is of less interest.
I don't believe the identity of who funded HRC is of less interest.

Hopefully the full list of funders and what they paid will be revealed in connection with HRC.
 

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Hillary spent roughly twice what Trump did and had plenty of wealthy cheerleaders and free PR from 90% of the press. She still couldn't win, despite the fact that the biggest spender almost always does in US politics.
The Democrats are now making a holy show of themselves .
 

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I don't believe the identity of who funded HRC is of less interest.

Hopefully the full list of funders and what they paid will be revealed in connection with HRC.
Well if you dont like the Clintons, then you will love the Mercers, one of the Donalds main backers:

The Mercers, the non-profit activist said, appeared to have two goals this election cycle: “They’ve been fighting the Clintons forever, and they wanted to back the winning horse.”

That first goal has been clear for some time. The Mercers have for years had their hands in the cottage industry of anti-Clinton activity in and around the conservative movement. According to tax records from the Mercer Family Foundation, they gave nearly $3.6 million to Citizens United between 2012 and 2014, which sued for access to Clinton Foundation-related emails last year and whose president David Bossie also got a senior job on the Trump campaign. They’ve also invested in the Government Accountability Institute, which publishes the conservative author Peter Schweizer. Schweizer’s book Clinton Cash was an influential source of talking points for Trump allies during this election cycle, providing fodder for one of Trump’s early salvos against Clinton in a speech in June and regularly populating the pages of Breitbart. Bannon co-founded GAI with Schweizer; Rebekah Mercer has sat on the board.
https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/01/no-one-knows-what-the-powerful-mercers-really-want/514529/
 

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what does the billionaire family backing donald trump really want?



read the article to find out more .. If interested.


meet robert mercer, the mysterious billionaire benefactor of breitbart





as they say .. Follow the money. Interesting reading. Thought i would post this as a seperate thread because it is a specific topic around trump, something i had not heard of, that is, who funded him. Naively, i always thought he funded himself alone, looks like thats not the case?

Both articles also detail the history and links between breitbart / bannon and trump.

Interested in your thoughts ..

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Interested in your thoughts ..
My immediate thoughts are that some number of people have obviously convinced themselves that it must've been some unseen hand, some nefarious influence that could be the only explanation of why the US chose Trump over Clinton. And that that conviction is an unsound one. All candidates tend to have very big backers. Mercer giving money to Breitbart is interesting in and of its own right but outside of that it is of little interest. $10m is not a lot of money. Breitbart, was until recently, the right wing equivalent to The Intercept. (The Intercept itself being in receipt of much larger backing from far-left tech billionaires).
 

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Equinox ... Believe it or not I am not siding with one or the other here. However TRUMP won and is now President. Who What funded Hillary is of less interest.

I am also very interested in this Bannon / Breitbart link with Trump. This seems to tell us the possible history of this.
Is it? If vastly more money was spent on Hillary and she failed, that very fact shows the limits of what spending can achieve. No?
 

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Steve Bannon comes from good Irish stock......:rolleyes:
Yes the real cream of our immigrant stock.
The miserable old c*nt in the bar in Southie with his blotchy face and whiskey nose, mouthing off about the "darkies" and the "wetbacks"
 

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Is it? If vastly more money was spent on Hillary and she failed, that very fact shows the limits of what spending can achieve. No?
I only made that point re Clinton because she lost, is not the president so is not in that position of power that Donald is?

Yes - I realise Clinton got funded up the kazoo but Trumps funders, especially the Mercers, I suppose are of big interest as Trump IS in power over Clinton, a position to be influenced & to make things happen. I assume these Trump funders are not going to walk off into the night?

Then those close relationships with Bannon & Breitbart. I just still cannot square the bannon thing and why him + others close to breitbart are now right up the top of the white house in Trumps ear ..

Maybe Im making something of nothing??
 

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I only made that point re Clinton because she lost, is not the president so is not in that position of power that Donald is?

Yes - I realise Clinton got funded up the kazoo but Trumps funders, especially the Mercers, I suppose are of big interest as Trump IS in power over Clinton, a position to be influenced & to make things happen. I assume these Trump funders are not going to walk off into the night?

Then those close relationships with Bannon & Breitbart. I just still cannot square the bannon thing and why him + others close to breitbart are now right up the top of the white house in Trumps ear ..

Maybe Im making something of nothing??
Perhaps making something of very little. Are our memories so short we cannot remember the Koch brothers? If there had been no monied backers, it would be of more note IMO. My personal opinion is the 'hunt' for the hidden hand is a symptom of misunderstanding what got Trump elected.
 

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Perhaps making something of very little. Are our memories so short we cannot remember the Koch brothers? If there had been no monied backers, it would be of more note IMO. My personal opinion is the 'hunt' for the hidden hand is a symptom of misunderstanding what got Trump elected.
Its the intrigue Kevin :D

Does Bannon & Co involved directly with Trump at the top of the White House concern you at all? Just asking ...
 


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