Far-Right Group Doxxes Pro-Palestinian Student Protesters, Funded by GOP Donors

Accuracy in Media (AIM), a far-right group, has been doxxing college students participating in pro-Palestinian protests, according to its federal tax return. AIM received nearly $1.9 million in donations from top Republican donors and nonprofits backed by wealthy business leaders.

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Far-Right Group Doxxes Pro-Palestinian Student Protesters, Funded by GOP Donors

Far-Right Group Doxxes Pro-Palestinian Student Protesters, Funded by GOP Donors

A far-right activist group, Accuracy in Media (AIM), has been doxxing college students participating in pro-Palestinian protests, according to the group's federal tax return reviewed by CNBC. The tax filing reveals that AIM received nearly $1.9 million in donations between May 2022 and April 2023 from top Republican donors and nonprofits backed by wealthy business leaders.

Why this matters: The involvement of prominent Republican donors in funding far-right groups that target student activists raises concerns about the erosion of free speech and academic freedom on college campuses. This trend could have broader implications for the political landscape, as it may intimidate or silence students who hold dissenting views.

The donors listed on AIM's tax return include billionaire Republican megadonor Jeff Yass, who allegedly gave $1 million, although AIM's president, Adam Guillette, claims this is an error. Other notable contributors are the Ed Uihlein Family Foundation, which gave $10,000; the Milstein Family Foundation, which donated $10,000; and the Adolph Coors Foundation, which contributed $15,000.

Guillette stated, "Jeff Yass is not an AIM donor and never has been. I think our accounting firm made a major, major error." Phil Headley, a certified public accountant at JBS Company, confirmed the error, apologizing on behalf of AIM and those incorrectly identified as donors. However, neither Guillette nor Headley specified who the incorrect donor was.

A spokesman for Yass did not respond to a request for comment on whether he made the donation. Representatives from the Uihlein Family Foundation, Milstein Family Foundation, and Adolph Coors Foundation also did not return requests for comment. CNBC independently confirmed the accuracy of the contributions from the Uihlein and Coors foundations by cross-checking the amounts against the foundations' publicly available donation records.

Jeff Yass and his wife are currently the highest political donors of the 2024 election cycle, having contributed $70 million to dozens of Republican candidates and committees, according to data from OpenSecrets. Yass, Uihlein, Milstein, and Coors have all been regular donors to Republican campaigns over the past decade.

The revelation of AIM's doxxing activities and the substantial financial support it has received from prominent Republican donors raises concerns about the increasing influence of far-right groups on college campuses. As the 2024 election approaches, the role of wealthy donors in shaping the political landscape and targeting student activists is likely to face further scrutiny.

Key Takeaways

  • A far-right group, AIM, has been doxxing college students participating in pro-Palestinian protests.
  • AIM received $1.9 million in donations from top Republican donors and nonprofits between May 2022 and April 2023.
  • Notable donors include Jeff Yass, Ed Uihlein Family Foundation, Milstein Family Foundation, and Adolph Coors Foundation.
  • AIM's president claims a $1 million donation from Jeff Yass is an error, but the foundation's records confirm other donations.
  • The involvement of prominent Republican donors raises concerns about free speech and academic freedom on college campuses.