The biggest single financial backer of Donald Trump’s election campaign was the reclusive New York hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer.
Rebekah Mercer, Robert’s daughter, has been described as the most powerful woman in GOP politics. She was an influential member of Trump’s campaign team and, later, his transition team.
Her father Robert invested millions in the far-right website Breitbart. The former chief executive of Breitbart, Steve Bannon, is Trump’s chief strategist.
Mercer Backing the Museum of Natural History
Rebekah Mercer is also a trustee at the AMNH.
DeSmog’s analysis of IRS filings shows that since 2013, the museum has accepted $3.1 million in donations from the Mercer Family Foundation, which Rebekah Mercer heads. A spokesperson for the museum confirmed to DeSmog that the Mercer donation was for “general support” only, and not for a specific project or program at the museum.
Since 2008, that same Mercer foundation has donated $5 million to the Heartland Institute, a so-called think tank that regards itself as the primary advocate for climate science denial in the United States.