Report: In 2016, Erik Prince And Roger Stone Conspired To Suppress Black Voters
Erik Prince, the brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and Trump adviser Roger Stone conspired to suppress Black voters in 2016 by pushing a conspiracy theory about Bill Clinton’s alleged Black son.
- “‘We do not need to make major gains among African American voters,’ said a 13-page proposal for Project Clintonson that Prince sent to unnamed donors a week before Election Day 2016," Rolling Stone reported.
- The proposal continued: “We merely need to dampen turn out [sic] and make it difficult for the Black Democratic elected officials in Hillary’s pocket to turn out Black voters at Obama-like levels.”
- The focus of Project Clintonson was Danney Williams, a young Black man who claims to be Bill Clinton’s son, with the goal of casting Hillary Clinton as the “villain of this drama.”
- Per the report, “The pitch for Project Clintonson says that Williams was ‘definitively the abandoned son’ of Bill Clinton and that ‘African American voters would be incensed to learn that it was Hillary who demanded that Bill abandon his only son.’”
- Rolling Stone noted there is no evidence to support Williams’ claims, but new documents obtained by the publication show the only point was to weaponize the story in hopes of dissuading Black Americans from voting.
- The project would be routed through a shadowy nonprofit tied to Stone called the Committee for American Sovereignty Education Fund.
- The plan was to target Black voters with a nine-minute video claiming to expose the truth about Williamson and Clinton, along with related videos meant to make Black voters “think twice about supporting Hillary and her dead beat husband.”
- It’s unclear how much of the plan was put into play, but there was enough money to follow through with at least some of it, as tax records show the Committee for American Sovereignty Education Fund had revenue of nearly $800,000 in 2016.
- By 2018, the nonprofit appears to have shut down entirely.
Stone, for his part, has said he was not an officer of the Committee for American Sovereignty Education Fund even though in previous media interviews he took ownership of the group.
A lawyer for Erik Prince did not respond to questions about his role in raising money for the Committee for American Sovereignty Education Fund and Project Clintonson. Williams did not respond to an interview request sent via his official Facebook page, and a lawyer who has represented him in the past did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
A lawyer for the group, who often works for Roger Stone-affiliated groups, did not respond to requests for comment.