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Beware the quiet giant - a wolf in sheep’s clothing

August 14, 2018 03:22 pm

To the editor:

Reclaim New York is an organization founded by the fervently conservative Rebekah Mercer, daughter of hedge-fund billionaire and arch-conservative Robert Mercer. She funds Reclaim through the Mercer Family Foundation and is its Chairman, Treasurer and Director.

Reclaim New York has been working in New York State since 2013. According to the latest tax filings, by 2015, the organization had received $1.25 million from the Mercer Family Foundation.

Reclaim New York claims its mission is to help the citizens of New York by watching how their tax dollars are spent, which the organization says is often frivolously. The organization also claims to be nonprofit and nonpartisan. But its connections to the hyper-partisan Mercer family make these claims doubtful.

Reclaim New York is definitely looking to infiltrate politics with its “army of volunteers.” They have attacked Governor Cuomo on many issues, like the renaming of the Tappan Zee Bridge. Tom Basile, the senior advisor of policy on the board of Reclaim, is currently running for New York State Senate in the 39th District. Rebekah Mercer is an $18,000 contributor to his campaign. In addition, John Lange, former Hudson Valley Regional Director for Reclaim, has now been recycled into John Faso’s Director of Communication.

What might the future hold? A Reclaim Connecticut is already here. A Reclaim Massachusetts, perhaps even a Reclaim New England? It may well be so.

Mary Lynn Kalogeras

North East