Most super-pacs are funded by rich white guys. Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign, for instance, was paid for almost exclusively by financial-industry executives and energy companies. Given the name of the “Black Americans for a Better Future” super-pac, though, one might assume it got its money, at least in part, from a more diverse range of individuals. One would be wrong. According to new Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings, the only people who donated to BABF last year (or at all — it was created in 2014) were super, super white. In fact, of the $417,250 in donations the super-pac received, $400,000 was from Robert Mercer, the hedge-fund CEO also known as Ted Cruz’s sugar daddy.
According to the Intercept, BABF exists solely for the benefit of Raynard Jackson, a Republican African-American political consultant based in Washington, D.C. Judging by the super-pac’s expense report, Jackson is using donations to host events encouraging black presence in the Republican Party; “The goal of this PAC will be to counter those liberal organizations that receive an inordinate amount of media attention such as the People for the American Way and the Congressional Black Caucus,” reads a press release for BABF’s speaker series. A fair-sized chunk of the donations also appears to be going to Jackson himself — he received nearly $40,000 in salary payments for the last five months of 2015.
Other donors include Scott Keller, CEO of Keller Investment Properties in Utah; Marc Stanley Goldman, a retired businessman and GOP donor; Vincent Kolber, CEO of a finance corporation; and Anthony Parker, who served as treasurer for the Republican National Committee for three terms. All of these men are thoroughly, blindingly white.