Rebekah Mercer, Billionaire Donor to Anti-Climate Science Causes, Is Off the American Museum of Natural History Board - 2020-02-24
More than two-dozen American Museum of Natural History curators called for the removal Republican megadonor Rebekah Mercer from the museum's board in 2018, citing her habit of giving to organizations that deny the reality of climate change. Now, it would seem, those demands have finally been met—though it's unclear who made the decision to discontinue the relationship.
Mercer's term expired in December, the museum confirmed, but it declined to comment further. The Mercer Family Foundation, which Rebekah Mercer chairs, did not respond to requests for comment.
The foundation has donated tens of millions of dollars to climate change-denial organizations such as the Heartland Institute. She and her father, Robert Mercer, were also among the biggest Republican donors in the 2016 election cycle, spending more than $49 million that year, including $15.5 million to organizations supporting Donald Trump's election. They introduced the president to former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, whose Breitbart News they also financed, and to then campaign manager Kellyanne Conway. Rebekah Mercer was also part of Trump's transition team ahead of his taking office.