Report: Blistered By Scrutiny, Mercers Curtail Spending And Bail On Trump

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 23: Billionaire Robert Mercer speaks on the phone during the 12th International Conference on Climate Change hosted by The Heartland Institute on March 23, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by O... WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 23: Billionaire Robert Mercer speaks on the phone during the 12th International Conference on Climate Change hosted by The Heartland Institute on March 23, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Oliver Contreras/For The Washington Post via Getty Images) MORE LESS
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June 18, 2019 10:38 a.m.

One of the consequential backers of President Trump’s 2016 campaign has bailed on team Trump, Vanity Fair reported.

According to sources familiar with the Mercer family’s activities who spoke to Vanity Fair, the Mercer family feels blistered by media coverage of their ties to President Trump and is less-than-satisfied by the work his administration has done the past two years.

In 2020, you likely won’t see Robert and Diana Mercer writing a $15.5 million check to various Trump platforms like they did last election cycle. The family also donated $1 million to Trump’s inaugural committee and pumped funding into the then-Steve Bannon run conservative news website, Breitbart.

So far, the family donated a meager $400,000 to the Great America PAC in 2018, according to the Center for Responsive Politics and only spent $2.9 million on political activities last year. That’s a far-cry from its $49 million venture in 2016.

According to Vanity Fair’s sources, the Mercer’s never fully embraced Trump, despite spending millions on his election. The family was primarily motivated by a desire to keep Hillary Clinton out of the presidency, Vanity Fair reported.

Read the full Vanity Fair report here. 

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