Report reveals reclusive GOP megadonor backing Donald Trump's campaign

By Jose Sepulveda for Veuer

A new report by the Center for Public Integrity is questioning whether a reclusive GOP donor is making potentially illegal connections with Donald Trump's campaign.

CPI reports that billionaire hedge fund manager, Robert Mercer, and his daughter Rebekah, who funded part of Ted Cruz's bid, have thrown both their support and their money behind Trump since June.

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Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes 

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Peter Thiel, Venture Capitalist, co-founder of PayPal

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Kenneth Langone, co-founder of The Home Depot

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Bernard 'Bernie' Marcus, co-founder and former chairman of Home Depot 

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Pete Coors, Chairman of MillerCoors

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Linda McMahon, formerly CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment

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Brian France, Chairman and CEO of NASCAR

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Herman Cain, American author and business executive

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Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard

Mercer and his wife have directly contributed roughly $23 million to federal candidates, the top individual donors on the Republican side, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

In August, reportedly acting on Rebekah Mercer's suggestion, Trump hired and promoted executives closely connected to the Mercers Super Pac including campaign manager Kellyanne Conway.

Toby Neugebauer, who worked with the Mercers when supporting Cruz said, "what [Rebekah] and her dad did was go sit down with the Donald and talk to him about his team. His team was failing him. They weren't controlling the message and all that."

Super PACS and campaigns are not legally allowed to coordinate but the Mercer super PAC, Make America Number 1, reported paying Conway's firm, the Polling Company, almost a million dollars during this election cycle, including $247,000 in August, while Trump's campaign was reportedly paying the firm $128,000. All of this after she had left to work directly for the Trump campaign.

Public filings do not make it clear when the work was performed and Conway said in an e-mail that she has, "never worked for Make America 1 PAC" and, "been inside the campaign firewall from the beginning."

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