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Billionaire Trump backer Robert Mercer funded group that produced anti-Muslim ads for 2016 election, claims investigative group

The adverts appeared on Facebook and Google

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Mr Mercer's family has donated a reported $36m to Republican candidates and groups since 2010 Getty

hedge-fund billionaire who helped bankroll both Donald Trumpand Steve Bannon and who is a major shareholder in the controversial data firm Cambridge Analytica, donated $2m to a secretive group that targeted swing states during the 2016 election with anti-Muslim adverts on Facebook and Google, according to an investigative watchdog.

Robert Mercer, whose family has reportedly donated $36.6m to Republican candidates since 2010, reportedly gave the money to Secure America Now, an organisation that produced several video advertisements apparently designed to promote anti-Muslim sentiment.

One of the advertisements, which was shown to voters in swing states that included Nevada and North Carolina, showed France and Germany as if run under sensationalised version of Sharia law.

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The Independent

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