Who are mega-donors Bob and Rebekah Mercer, and why are they influential? - 2017-03-07
Another non-profit group, Virginia-based Media Research Center, defended Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week over his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and cast media coverage of Sessions' meeting with Kislyak at the Republican National Convention as a "political hit job" orchestrated by former Obama administration officials.
And when President Trump complained recently about the Academy Awards and media bias, he did so during an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, which landed its Oval Office sit-down with Trump a day before his first address to Congress.
These organizations have one thing in common: They count heiress Rebekah Mercer and her billionaire father, Bob, among their key benefactors. For years, the Mercers have sent tens of millions of dollars to conservative politics and causes, ranging from well-established think tanks, such as the Heritage Foundation, to organizations financing anti-Hillary Clinton movies.