“The push for legalization has received bipartisan support: Rebekah Mercer, the billionaire Republican and co-owner of Breitbart, recently donated $1m to the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies (Maps), a not-for-profit organization conducting much of today’s psychedelic research”.
Link to full article in The Guardian below.
|Born||December 6, 1973|
|Education||Stanford University (BS, MS)|
|Partner(s)||Sylvain Mirochnikoff (m. 2003)|
|Family||Robert Mercer (father)|
Rebekah Mercer (born December 6, 1973) is an American heiress, foundation director, and major Republican donor who oversees the day-to-day operations of philanthropic and political projects for the Mercer family. She began managing the family foundation when the Mercers started getting involved in conservative causes. Her father, billionaire Robert Mercer, said in November 2017 that he had sold his stake in Breitbart to his daughters.
Mercer and her father played a major role in the election of Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. The Mercers have been long-time critics of Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Rebekah Mercer helped Steve Bannon produce the book Clinton Cash in 2015.
Mercer was an activist in the campaign to pull the United Kingdom out of the European Union, also known as Brexit. Andy Wigmore, communications director of Leave.EU, said that Mercer donated the services of data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica to Nigel Farage, the head of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP). The firm was able to advise Leave.EU through its ability to harvest data from people’s Facebook profiles in order to target them with individualized persuasive messages to vote for Brexit. However, Leave.EU did not inform the UK electoral commission of the donation despite the fact that a law demands that all donations valued over £7,500 must be reported.
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“Robert Mercer not only has investments in a highly influential platform that has promoted racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, and anti-Semitism, but has strategically invested millions into organizations, Political Action Committees (PACs), think tanks, and political candidates that all focus on anti-government initiatives. Another theme central to these organizations is the promotion of anti-Islam and anti-Muslim rhetoric and conspiracy theories. Below, the article will highlight how Robert Mercer, his daughter Rebekah, and the family’s foundation, have supported and amplified the voices of individuals and organizations that promote Islamophobia”.
The company specializes in behavioural profiling that it claims can produce “psychographic” profiles for every single American adult based on aggregated data, personality, and behavioral surveys. With this methodology, the company claims it can rightly predict an individual’s political leanings. This was used to to identify the millions of voters most “open to being persuaded to vote for Trump.” Cambridge Analytica’s website states that with these profiles in hand, it can then effectively engage and persuade voters using specially tailored language and visual ad combinations,” appealing to individuals at an “emotional level.”
Cambridge Analytica grew out of the SCL Group, an “older British military and elections contractor,” with which it reportedly still “shares staff, directors, and a London office.” It’s a behavioural research and communications firm that works with governments and corporations. SCL’s former advisor included disgraced ex-NSA director Gen. Michael Flynn, who helped expand the company’s contracting work