According to financial filings, billionaire Robert Mercer and his wife Diana donated almost $200,000 to Trump’s legal defense. This occurred on the same day that Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey. Mercer is not just a greedy billionaire hoping for a Trump tax break. The Mercers own $10 million in Cambridge Analytica, the firm which helped Trump’s campaign use data to target certain ads to certain demographics on Facebook. Newsweek

 

To put it bluntly, Robert Mercer is the money behind Trump. He was Trump’s biggest donor. But considering that Mercer never talks publicly, the only way to find out about him is to track what he spends his money on. He has a few yachts, a killer train set, but he devotes a lot of his money on disrupting mainstream media.

Robert Mercer is the money behind Donald Trump. But then, I will come to learn, Robert Mercer is the money behind an awful lot of things. He was Trump’s single biggest donor. Mercer started backing Ted Cruz, but when he fell out of the presidential race he threw his money – $13.5m of it – behind the Trump campaign.

The Mercers and Donald Trump began working together as soon as Trump won the nomination. The Mercers were the ones to select Kellyanne Conway as well as Steve Bannon. Imagine where Trump’s presidency would have been without Steve Bannon! Actually, it was $10 million of Mercer’s money that enabled Bannon to start Breitbart. TheGuardian

Robert Mercer and Steve Bannon have a lot in common. They both despise the Republican establishment and have actively tried to dismantle it. Patrick Caddell, a former Democratic political operative said that Mercer “is a libertarian—he despises the Republican establishment,” and added, “He thinks that the leaders are corrupt crooks, and that they’ve ruined the country.”

Mercer, who is seventy, has funded an array of political projects that helped pave the way for Trump’s rise. Among these efforts was public-opinion research, conducted by Caddell, showing that political conditions in America were increasingly ripe for an outsider candidate to take the White House. NewYorker

Robert Mercer was the only billionaire contributor to be named one of the “top 10 most influential billionaires in politics,” alongside Rupert Murdoch, George Soros and the Koch brothers by The Washington Post in 2015.