The transition team is of concern while we’ve yet to see any but two definitive choices for cabinet roles. That being said, the two individuals who ran Trump’s campaign — Kellyanne Conway and Steve Bannon, with the latter now a member of his cabinet — are deeply connected to the Mercer family.
Robert Mercer, the CEO of a major hedge fund management company by the name of Renaissance Technologies, is one of the most politically active individuals in the United States, having contributed tens of millions of dollars predominately into Republican candidacies through direct contributions and super PACs within the 2016 election cycle alone.
Here is a partial, yet growing list of the numerous ways the Mercer family is connected to Trump, Steve Bannon, and Kellyanne Conway:
- Robert Mercer, a hedge fund billionaire who runs one of the largest hedge funds in the world, Renaissance Technologies, was one of Trump’s largest financial backers for his 2016 candidacy, having contributed at least $9 million towards Trump’s benefit.
- Mercer is one of the largest shareholders in Breitbart, of which Steve Bannon is Executive Chairman.
- Mercer’s daughter, Rebekah Mercer, is on Trump’s executive committee along with Steve Bannon managing his White House transition.
- Rebekah Mercer was the chairwoman of the second largest super PAC backing Trump’s candidacy.
- Robert Mercer is a major financial contributor to the Heritage Foundation, Cato Institute, and their affiliated organizations. Trump has named the Heritage Foundation as one of his largest advisory bodies in selecting Supreme Court nominees.
- Rebekah Mercer is also on the board of directors of the Heritage Foundation.
- Rebekah Mercer and her husband paid The Trump Organization roughly $28 million for Manhattan real estate several years ago.
- Robert Mercer is the largest funding source for Cambridge Analytica, which is the primary data analytics and marketing strategy firm hired by Trump’s campaign to the tune of $5.6 million (see page 190 on Trump/Pence FEC disclosure). Aside from Mercer being a top financial backer, Cambridge Analytica was initially hired when Paul Manafort’s time as Trump’s campaign manager was coming to a close in light of controversy to make way for Kellyanne Conway and Steve Bannon being hired to run his campaign.
- Kellyanne Conway, who managed Trump’s campaign alongside Steve Bannon, directed one of Robert Mercer’s super PACs, Keep The Promise I, of which Mercer personally put at least $11 million into.
- Conway is also quoted as saying she’s a very close friend of Robert Mercer’s daughter, Rebekah, who I covered above: “But she also knew Mercer’s daughter Rebekah, who leads many of the family’s political efforts. “Rebekah’s a very close friend of mine, personally,” Conway said.”
- Robert Mercer donated a minimum of $2.5 million to at least one super PAC funded to explore a possible presidential candidacy for John R. Bolton in 2016. Bolton is now a top option for Trump’s Secretary of State alongside long-time Trump loyalist Rudy Giuliani.
- There is a recently filed lawsuit with strong evidence that Steve Bannon’s moviemaking company, Glittering Steel, was paid hundreds of thousands of dollars by a pro-Trump, Robert Mercer-funded super PAC while Bannon was managing Trump’s campaign.
This is solely concerning Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, and the Mercer family — nevermind the numerous other individuals with unjustifiable presence in Trump’s transition team and future administration. While it’s clear that Trump deceived the very voters who trusted him most, the worst part is that Trump conned America.