After the Republican nominee for New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District was exposed for having shared multiple articles from white nationalist websites, the National Republican Congressional Committee withdrew its support for House hopeful Seth Grossman in July.
One item he shared with his Facebook followers said that African Americans are “a threat to all who cross their paths.”
But while contributions to Grossman’s campaign slowed dramatically after the GOP dropped its support for him, he still has some patrons in high places. According to a recent campaign finance filing, poultry magnate and Trump donor Ronald Cameron of Arkansas gave the maximum contribution of $2,700 to Grossman’s campaign on Oct. 10. Other recent donors to Grossman include a member of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort and an Islamophobic business executive, both of whom gave large sums to political groups supporting Donald Trump.
Grossman, a huge Trump fan, has frequently made racist comments of his own. The GOP nominee stated that Kwanzaa was “a phony holiday invented in 1960’s by black racists to weaken and divide Americans during a Christmas season of joy and good will.” In a Facebook post, Grossman claimed he knew of “many Africans…who wish their ancestors had been taken to America as slaves.” In other social media posts he called Islam a “cancer,” said that “faithful Muslims can’t be good Americans, and that gay men with HIV should have been quarantined in the 1980s, according to CNN’s KFILE.
Grossman once called billionaire philanthropist George Soros a “Communist thug” and the “paymaster of Obama/Clinton Democrats.” Soros, who is Jewish and survived the Holocaust in his native Hungary, received a pipe bomb in the mail last week from a Trump supporter. The alleged shooter in the Tree of Life Synagogue massacre last weekend, which left 11 dead, believed without evidence that Jews were behind the Central American migrant caravan in an effort to destroy white, Christian society in the United States.
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Donor’s Business Fined for Retaliation Against Employees Concerned by Racism
Cameron, the owner of Mountaire Corporation, is a seasoned conservative donor, having contributed millions to groups backed by Charles Koch including Freedom Partners Action Fund ($7.5 million since 2014) and the new super PAC Americans for Prosperity Action ($1 million this year). In 2016 he donated $2 million to Rebuild America Now, a super PAC that exclusively spent in favor of then-candidate Donald Trump that year, after he poured millions into former Alabama Gov. Mike Huckabee’s unsuccessful presidential campaign. In 2017, Cameron and his wife Nina gave $100,000 to Trump’s joint fundraising committee, Trump Victory, and they have made numerous five-figure donations to Republican Party groups.
Mountaire Corporation has been sued twice over discrimination and had to pay a fine in both cases. In 2010, the company fired a black employee for expressing concern about racial discrimination. Then in 2013, subsidiary Mountaire Farms fired a translator for complaining that supervisors and human resources officers discriminated against Haitian workers.
Cameron’s business is a major funder of a nonprofit called the Fellowship Foundation (which does business as the International Foundation), according to the Center for Responsive Politics. In 2017, Rep. Robert Aderholt (Ala.) traveled to Austria on the foundation’s dime, where he attended a reception hosted by Andreas Karlsboek, an MP and member of the National Council of the Freedom Party, which was founded by a Nazi SS officer and is currently led by someone who previously took part in neo-Nazi activities. Two other reception hosts were members of the Austrian People’s Party, which is currently in a coalition with the Freedom Party.
On that same trip, Alderholt had dinner in Romania with anti-Semitic political operative Marian Munteanu, as TYT’s Ken Klippenstein reported.
More Trump Donors Give to Grossman
Another recent Grossman donor is Anthony Lomangino, a member of Donald Trump’s exclusive Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida and a major donor to the Republican Party. On July 7, Lomangino gave $5,400 to Grossman’s campaign, twice the size of the federal contribution limit for a general election.
Lomangino, a waste hauling CEO, donated $150,000 from July to September to a legal defense fund for former Trump aides caught up in the Robert Mueller investigation. He has also donated $125,000 to Trump’s joint fundraising committee, $25,000 to Trump’s Great America PAC, and the maximum $5,400 to the Trump presidential campaign during the current election cycle.
In 1996, law enforcement sources claimed that Lomangino’s company at the time was mixed up with a New York mob cartel, but the business and Lomangino avoided criminal charges. Lomangino’s current company has been fined for improper dumping.
More Grossman donors include Rev. Myron Mooney, who defended former Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore against several credible allegations of child sexual assault ($5,400 total, including $4,400 on Aug. 24), and aerospace entrepreneur Peter Zieve, who donated $2,700 in September and has given a total of $5,484, which exceeds federal campaign donation limits.
Zieve, currently a candidate for the city council of Mukilteo, Washington, donated $1 million to the pro-Trump super PAC Rebuild America Now in 2016 and gave over $25,000 to a super PAC that supported Roy Moore the following year. Zieve regularly sent Islamophobic emails to his company’s employees, calling Muslims “terrorist savages.” His company, Electroimpact, had to pay nearly $500,000 last year to compensate victims of its discrimination, harassment and retaliation, the result of an investigation by the state attorney general. Zieve also sent out anonymous postcards warning of a planned mosque in Mukilteo.
Emailed requests for comment to Mountaire Corporation and Mooney’s church were not returned.
‘Bigotry Has No Place in Society’
National Republican Congressional Committee chairman Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) stated on July 9 that “bigotry has no place in society—let alone the U.S. House of Representatives.”
“The NRCC withdraws our support of Seth Grossman and calls on him to reconsider his candidacy,” said Stivers. “The people of New Jersey’s 2nd District deserve an inclusive Republican candidate who will be a trusted conservative voice in Congress.”
But this hasn’t stopped these GOP megadonors from financing Grossman’s campaign. The Democratic candidate in the race, Jeff Van Drew, is expected to win the election.
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