Hedge fund owner and Trump ally Robert Mercer is donating $300,000 to support a primary opponent of Trump critic Republican Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, according to a Politico report published Wednesday.
The donation comes after rough criticism of President Trump by Flake, a longtime opponent of the president. The Arizona senator recently came out with “Conscience of a Conservative: A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle,” a book that attacks Trump for not being a conservative and claims the GOP is in “denial” about the president.
Mercer was a major donor to Trump’s presidential campaign and reportedly helped get both Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway jobs on the Trump campaign. The New York hedge fund owner will donate $300,000 to a Kelli PAC, a super PAC supporting former state Sen. Kelli Ward. Mercer and his wife Diana donated $700,000 to this PAC in 2016 when Ward faced off against another Trump critic Sen. John McCain.