Unprecedented Support for Amid Continued Shift By Mainstream GOP Towards Extremism
WASHINGTON - A new report released today by Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) Hatewatch and the Center for Media and Democracy reveals big money donors pumped $4.3 million into white nationalist group VDARE in the lead up to the 2020 election. That figure is eight times more than they received the year before, according to previously unreported tax records.
“VDARE is a white nationalist group known for publishing apologia about terrorist manifestos and promoting the white genocide conspiracy theory. Seeing extremely wealthy people abruptly line their pockets with money is disturbing,” Senior Investigative Reporter Michael Edison Hayden said. “We need to wake up to what the continuing changes in the Republican Party, including the embrace of the January 6th insurrection, really means. This is not dark money flowing into some group who just wants to cut taxes. They want to destroy America as we know it and replace it with something totally unrecognizable.”
Hatewatch previously reported VDARE purchased a historic castle for $1.4 million without a loan in 2020. These newly revealed donations illustrate how the extremist group was able to make that purchase, which brought them closer to Washington, D.C.
The tax records demonstrate that dark money flowing from DonorsTrust, a right-wing funding vehicle tied to Charles Koch, the Mercer family and other like-minded billionaires, accounts for a little more than a third of VDARE’s revenue from that year. That group pumped $1.5 million into VDARE in 2019, CMD previously reported.
Read the full report here.