“Black Americans For a Better Future,” a conservative super-pac that functions primarily as a vehicle for Republican African-American political consultant, Raynard Jackson, was just revealed by The Intercept to have acquired 100% of its funds from rich white men.
In other words, to put it simply, a group of rich white businessmen just got a lot of their money together, found one Black Republican political consultant in Washington to prop up with their money, and decided that they can now adequately speak for African American interests. Addicting Info’s Robert Willis referred to the super-pac as a “financial minstrel show,” the best description I have found thus far for what this represents.
The largest donor of the super-pac, by far, is Robert Mercer, a co-CEO of the Renaissance Technologies hedge-fund based out of Long Island, New York. Mercer alone has given $400,000 dollars of the entire $417,250 donation that the BABF is now worth in donations. The other donors include Scott Keller ($10,000), Marc Stanley Goldman ($5,000), Vincent Kolber ($1,000), Peter Bowe ($500), Anthony Parker ($500), and Russell Johnson ($250).
Not a single one of these donors is actually a “Black American,” but seeing as money now counts as “free speech” in a post-Citizens-United-America, they have essentially found a way to make even money capable of wearing black-face. It’s probably safe to say that Raynard Jackson is going to have a tough time selling the Republican Party to Black voters, in light of these revelations. One has to wonder what kind of excuse he is going to wrap around this, if an interviewer actually calls him out on this.
Mercer, the primary financier of BABF, has also given an astonishing $11,000,000 to another super-pac called “Keep The Promise I”, which has ironically endorsed the “anti-New York values” presidential candidate Ted Cruz for the GOP nomination in 2016, despite being registered in, well, New York. The direction of Mercer’s money here should give us some idea of how far to the right this pac’s agenda really is.
One of the first uses of BABF’s money was for an inaugural Speaker’s Series Luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington D.C.. Raynard Jackson stated the following about the event’s intentions:
‘Having well trained, credible, experienced African-Americans constantly challenging the liberal orthodoxy in the media will create a tectonic shift in the perception of the Republican Party within the Black community. If this approach can be sustained over the long-term, there will be a demonstrable shift in the voting patterns within the African-American community.’
Jackson, however, has an incredibly long way to go if any such “tectonic shift” is to actually come about in any foreseeable future. In 2012, 93% of African American voters chose to vote Democrat in the 2012 presidential election, while only 6% voted Republican. If Jackson believes that taking the money of wealthy White men who are pretending to be Black men is going to help his cause here, particularly when the leading candidate, Donald Trump, is running on what is essentially a white nativist platform, then he’s going to have his work cut out for him here, to say the least.