Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Monday, April 16, 2018

Last month, a friend of the wealthy conservative donor Rebekah Mercer arrived at Facebook's Silicon Valley headquarters. His task: Find out what -- if anything -- could repair relations between Facebook, the world's biggest social media company, and Cambridge Analytica, the voter-profiling firm co-founded by her father and used by the Trump campaign. The revelation last month that Cambridge Analytica improperly acquired the private Facebook data of millions of users has set off government inquiries in Washington and London, plunging Facebook into crisis. But it has also battered the nascent political network overseen by Ms. Mercer, 44, and financed by her father, Robert Mercer, 71, a hard-line conservative billionaire.

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In recent years, the Mercers have become among the most prominent and highly scrutinized political donors in the United States. In the early years of the Obama administration, they began doling out tens of millions of dollars to an eclectic array of conservative groups -- many of them outside Washington's mainline Republican establishment. Mercer invested $10 million in Breitbart News, the nationalist website, bringing on Bannon as chairman, while Mercer joined the boards of leading conservative think tanks.

The Mercers were critical of the Republican Party's existing data apparatus, which was controlled by the party officials and consultants they hoped to disempower. Mercer bankrolled Cambridge Analytica in 2014, and Mercer encouraged candidates and PACs that took the family's money to also hire the family's data firm.

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#1 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-04-11 10:02 AM | Reply

Couldn't happen to nicer slime balls.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2018-04-11 12:08 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I'm glad to see the Mercers finally exposed. They've been operating under the radar for a long time and are responsible for many of Trump's incoherent policy decisions and cabinet picks ~ not to mention putting Bannon and Conway in Trump's executive circle.

One of their most aggregious displays of influence was the millions they donated to the Koch Brothers PAC whose primary goal was to destroy the EPA. Koch Industries owns Georgia Pacific (computer copy paper) and is the third largest polluter in the United States and has been fined by the EPA repeatedly over many year.

Money from Koch Industries is why Trump appointed an anti-EPA guy to head that agency. The mission as to deregulate pollution standards for the benefit of Koch Industries.

DANNI is right. These people are scum from the top down. Don't buy Georgia Pacific copy paper.

#3 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-04-12 04:47 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The mercers are the money behind trump and environmental destruction is their biggest priority. This is why scott pruitt won't be fired.

#4 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-04-16 11:15 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

....Right about now these douche bags are gettin' ready to use their

own Georgia Pacific toilet paper....LOTS OF IT!!! The whole country knows

now what they are all about....underhanded???

#5 | Posted by saginawmi at 2018-04-16 11:58 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Don't buy Georgia Pacific copy paper.

#3 | POSTED BY TWINPAC

You could practically make a full time job out of avoiding Koch products.

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#6 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2018-04-16 12:18 PM | Reply

Waiting for the obligatory "but but but Soros" babbling from our Right wing posters.

#7 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2018-04-16 12:48 PM | Reply

BTW - whenever I see a picture of her I think she looks about 70 with bad cosmetic surgery... For the longest time I thought she was his wife. LoL

#8 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2018-04-16 12:51 PM | Reply

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Why, were the Mercer's shown to have worked for the nazis?

#9 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2018-04-16 01:14 PM | Reply

Why, were the Mercer's shown to have worked for the nazis?

#9 | Posted by 101Chairborne

Worse. Nazis were only trying to kill jews, gypsies, and gays. The mercers are attacking all life on earth for their own personal profit.

#10 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-04-16 01:34 PM | Reply

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#9 see snopes

As a prominent political activist and supporter of left-wing causes, Hungarian-born billionaire financier George Soros has frequently been the target of smear campaigns, none more odious than the persistent -- and false -- claim that Soros, a Jew, was a Nazi sympathizer, collaborator, and/or paramilitary officer during World War II.

That Soros was only nine years old (born in 1930) when the war broke out and all of 14 when Nazi Germany surrendered in May 1945

#11 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-04-16 03:31 PM | Reply

#9 again, see snopes

Yet the simple truth is that George Soros neither said nor did anything resembling what he has been accused of. In no sense was Soros, who turned 14 years old not long after the Germans occupied Hungary in 1944, a "Nazi collaborator." At no time did he confiscate (or help confiscate) the property of Jews, "identify Jews to the Nazis," or help "round up" people targeted for deportation or extermination by the Germans (to answer just a few of the accusations leveled against him). And although Soros did attest during the infamous 60 Minutes interview that he regrets nothing about the time of German occupation, he also said it is precisely because he didn't do any of the things attributed to him that his conscience is clear.

#12 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-04-16 03:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Ruining the Mercers and the Kochs would be too mild a fate.

#13 | Posted by chuffy at 2018-04-16 09:43 PM | Reply

#8 the first thing I thought of when I saw the picture was Edgar from Men in Black.

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#14 | Posted by jpw at 2018-04-17 01:42 AM | Reply

#14 | POSTED BY JPW

That dude was pure comedic gold.

He was hilarious at every turn in that movie.

#15 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-04-17 01:45 AM | Reply

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