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Breitbart owner unmasked: Robert Mercer

For too long, Wall Street hedge fund magnate Robert Mercer has sat in the shadows, commanding a multi-billion dollar political operation – spending tens of millions of dollars on data mining alone to subvert our democracy and influence voters. He's been operating in near complete secrecy but not anymore. We now know who is hiding behind the curtain.

In a Senate hearing last week, Robert Mercer was outed as an owner of Breitbart News – a website which brands itself as “the platform for the alt-right” and is known for injecting extreme anti-Semite, anti-Muslim, and anti-immigrant talking points into our politics.

For those of us who have followed the billionaire’s rise to power, this revelation explains a lot. For years, Mercer has propped up far-right candidates who promote a dangerously pro-corporate agenda. He has bankrolled extreme presidential candidates, including Donald Trump – and remains a trusted advisor behind the scene.

Robert Mercer and I go way back. After I introduced a bill to tax reckless Wall Street speculation, Mercer set his sights to oust me from Congress, spending over $1.7 million to prop up his preferred fringe candidate, Art Robinson, who Oregonians have voted down four election cycles in a row. Each and every time, we've fended off Mercer and Art Robinson with our unbeatable grassroots energy. 

In Congress, I’m fighting to rein in Wall Street’s abuses and create an economy that works for all people, not just the Robert Mercers of the world. This has earned me a spot on the Republicans’ hit list – 2018 will be their greatest offensive to date, but I know we’ve got what it takes to beat them fair and square.

Posted on March 6, 2017.