AZ, SC, MI, CO, GA, NC, AK-Sen: Megadonor Who Called Safety Net “Slavery Redux” Gave $ To GOPers

From Salon:

A number of Republican candidates for Senate and Congress accepted recent campaign donations from Timothy Mellon, a GOP megadonor and heir to the Mellon family fortune, who used derogatory stereotypes to describe Black Americans in his 2015 autobiography.

Mellon, the 77-year-old founder of a railway shipping company and scion of one of America's wealthiest industrial-age families, has given $40 million to three GOP super PACs and tens of thousands of dollars to various Republican candidates and their PACs, according to Federal Election Commission records.

FEC records reveal that Mellon contributed to the current campaigns of Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Michigan GOP Senate candidate John James, as well as to current congressional campaigns and PACs supporting Reps. Steve Scalise, R-La., and Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., among others.

Mellon wrote in his self-published memoir — “The Intriguing Story of Tim Mellon” — that Black people were “even more belligerent” after the civil rights movement, and that safety net programs amounted to “Slavery Redux.”

People on federal assistance, he wrote, were “slaves of a new Master, Uncle Sam.”

“For delivering their votes in the Federal Elections, they are awarded with yet more and more freebies: food stamps, cell phones, WIC payments, Obamacare, and on, and on, and on,” Mellon wrote. “The largess is funded by the hardworking folks, fewer and fewer in number, who are too honest or too proud to allow themselves to sink into this morass.”

The other Senators listed in this article to receive donation from Mellon are Thom Tillis (R. NC), David Perdue (R. GA), Cory Gardner (R. CO) and Dan Sullivan (R. AK). Give the article a read and when you’re done, please do donate and get involved with these Senate Democratic candidates campaigns:


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