Lindsey Graham, Martha McSally Among GOPers Who Took Money From Alleged Racist
According to Salon, GOP candidates including Senators Martha McSally (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) took money from Timothy Mellon, the “77-year-old founder of a railway shipping company and scion of one of America’s wealthiest industrial-age families” who degraded people of color in his autobiography.
- FEC records revealed that Mellon gave $40 million to three GOP super PACs and also tens of thousands of dollars to various Republican candidates, Salon reported.
- Mellon contributed to the current campaigns of Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R- SC), and Michigan GOP Senate candidate John Jaes, “as well as to current congressional campaigns and PACs supporting Reps. Steve Scalise (R-LA) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY), among others,” the report stated.
- In his 2015 “self-published memoir” called “The Intriguing Story of Tim Mellon,” the GOP megadonor wrote 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 were “slaves of a new Master, Uncle Sam,” Mellon continued. “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...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.”
- Salon added that “Mellon donated $5,555.55 to Black America’s Political Action Committee, which identifies itself as a ‘non-partisan’ organization but only endorses Republican candidates on its website.”
- FEC records have shown that Mellon contributed a total of $10,900 to McSally, making a maximum donation to her current campaign in July 2019. The appointed senator faces issues within her state of Arizona, which was one of the ten states most dependent on government assistance programs, and has one of the weakest unemployment benefit systems in the US.
- James, the GOP Senate candidate in Michigan, received President Trump’s endorsement in the state’s primary, and a max donation from Mellon in October 2018. Salon added that Michigan ranks “near the bottom in terms of how CARES Act federal relief funding matches up to the number of statewide COVID-19 cases.”
- In addition, Mellon also donated $50,000 in August 2019 to a PAC supporting Louisiana GOP Rep. Steve Scalise. On the same date, “Mellon made maximum donations to Scalise’s campaign and a $5,000 contribution to Scalise’s ‘Eye of the Tiger’ PAC, for a total of $60,600 in donations to Scalise-related campaign funds that day.”
- Salon reported that Louisiana was “one of the country’s first coronavirus hotspots, where Black residents died at a much higher rate than white residents.” The report added that in 2002, Scalise addressed a gathering of white supremacists and neo-Nazis led by David Duke.
- According to FEC records, “last December, Stefanik, a Republican from upstate New York, accepted a max donation from Mellon,” the report said. “She [was] in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Friday to campaign for Trump.”
- Over the last few months, Salon wrote, McSally “has found herself facing increasingly steep odds. The Arizona Republican has been consistently down by double digits to Democrat challenger Mark Kelly in state polls, a gap that reportedly alarmed Trump so much that he pulled aside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to talk about it.”
- McConnell’s Senate Leadership Fund PAC said it will spend $9.2 million on ads to defend McSally’s seat this November. Mellon contributed $10 million to the PAC this year.