'A Lot of Butthurt to Go Around' as Breitbart Battle Splits Billionaires - 2018-01-10
The 2016 Republican presidential primary left scores of relationships frayed and hobbled. The most consequential—at least, from a financial perspective—is likely the breakdown between Manhattan billionaire hedge fund heiress Rebekah Mercer and the new-money self-made fracking billionaire brother duo Dan and Farris Wilks.
Back in early 2015—it feels like a lifetime ago!—an ally of Sen. Ted Cruz's team announced that a super PAC franchise had locked up more than $30 million to back the Texan, primarily from three wealthy conservative families.
But with extraordinary amounts of money came white-hot tension. At the heart of the tension was Breitbart News, the site's top funder, its chief executive, and the intensifying feud between then-Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump and his chief primary rival. Multiple sources now tell The Daily Beast that the resulting fallout could have an impact on the company's future.