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Robert Mercer


Robert Mercer is a reclusive, multimillionaire hedge-fund manager and a major financier of Trump’s two presidential campaigns. In 2016 he donated $15.5 million to the pro-Trump Make America Number 1 PAC and in 2020 the Mercer Family Foundation funneled an estimated $20 million in dark money to DonorsTrust, which is not legally required to disclose donors or the destinations of their contributions. 

With a background in computer science, Mercer is the co-CEO of Renaissance Technologies LLC, an American investment management firm, and in 2016 was a stakeholder in Cambridge Analytica, a U.K. data mining firm that obtained Facebook data to help influence both the November 2016 U.S. presidential election and the June 2016 British “Brexit” campaign. He was also a shareholder in Breitbart News before selling his stake to his daughters.

Through the Mercer Family Foundation, he has supported numerous right-wing causes. The foundation donated nearly $4 million to the Government Accountability Institute, a far-right organization founded by Steve Bannon with deep ties to organizations such as Citizens United,, the American Conservative Union, the Young America’s Foundation, and the Hoover Institution

January 6, 2021

  • Mercer and his daughter Rebekah gave $1.5 million to super PACs supporting Kelli Ward, Arizona Republican party chair, over two election cycles. In the lead-up to the insurrection, Ward and the Arizona GOP tweeted numerous messages supporting violence and hostility, such as a Jan. 4 message that read, “This is what we do, who we are. Live for nothing, or die for something.”
  • In the past, Mercer has donated to Black Conservatives Fund, a PAC that used social media to encourage its members to attend the rally and march that preceded the violent attack on the Capitol.
  • The Mercer family’s funding to Parler, a right-wing social media platform, facilitated a space for planning the insurrection.

The Big Lie

  • The Mercer family contributed approximately $20 million to DonorsTrust, a dark money 501(c)(3) organization that supported groups pushing claims of election fraud both before and after Biden defeated Trump in 2020.
  • Mercer financially backed many congressional Republicans who objected to certifying the 2020 presidential election and spread misinformation about supposed election fraud, including Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), along with Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.).
  • Mercer’s family funds the right-wing social media platform Parler, which was founded by his daughter Rebekah and has been a major source of misinformation about purported election fraud in the U.S.