Democracy Gone Astray

Democracy, being a human construct, needs to be thought of as directionality rather than an object. As such, to understand it requires not so much a description of existing structures and/or other related phenomena but a declaration of intentionality.
This blog aims at creating labeled lists of published infringements of such intentionality, of points in time where democracy strays from its intended directionality. In addition to outright infringements, this blog also collects important contemporary information and/or discussions that impact our socio-political landscape.

All the posts here were published in the electronic media – main-stream as well as fringe, and maintain links to the original texts.

[NOTE: Due to changes I haven't caught on time in the blogging software, all of the 'Original Article' links were nullified between September 11, 2012 and December 11, 2012. My apologies.]

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Larry Solov, Mercer family revealed as Breitbart owners

In what may be a first, Breitbart chief executive Larry Solov stated that he owns at least part of the conservative-leaning news website to Senate committee in order to secure press credentials Friday, Politico and BuzzFeed reported.

Solov, who has penned posts for a site that many have labeled as a white nationalist outlet among other accusations, gave testimony to the Standing Committee of the Senate Press Gallery and at first said he wanted to avoid questions about Breitbart’s ownership structure.

However, the committee pressed and Solov admitted he along with Susie Breitbart, whose late husband Andrew started the site, as well as the influential Mercer family, have stakes in Breitbart, according to the report.

Whether it’s an individual or organization applying for credentials, admission to the gallery can be hindered unless the applicant can show they are not engaged in any lobbying or promoting of any specific candidate, political party, organization or a government agency, Politico reported.

The committee was also particularly interested if current White House chief political strategist Steve Bannon, a former Breitbart executive who was a major architect of President Donald Trump’s victorious campaign last year, still had any stake in the website. According to BuzzFeed, the committee wanted specifics but Solov couldn’t produce.

"If I could get Bannon to write it down, I would," Solov said

The 70-year-old Robert Mercer, the CEO of Renaissance Technologies, spent $3.4 million in support of Trump’s campaign last year, the Washington Post reported in December. He also donated to Sen. Ted Cruz's campaign.

Mercer’s family includes his wife Diana Lynne and daughters Jennifer, Heather Sue and Rebekah, the latter who runs the Mercer Family Foundation, a charity that provides scholarships to high school juniors and seniors.

Reports last year indicated that Rebekah Mercer also decided how the family divvies up funds to political candidates and causes. Between 2008 and 2014, the foundation also donated to groups looking to upend established media.

According to the Daily Beast, one of those groups was The Media Research Center, run by research group American Bridge, and it reportedly received some $7.5 million over the last decade.

Original Article
Author:  Greg Price

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